More powerful Honda Civic Type R could get an all-wheel-drive configuration with an upgraded 1.5-litre engine to rival Golf R and Focus RS
Honda’s latest generation Civic Type R has been well recognised in the foreign markets since its debut. The Japanese manufacturer is hoping to use its popularity as an advantage and will be bringing in more derivatives. It is the Nurburgring lap record holder for the front-wheel-drive production car and could be getting powerful versions in a little while.
Speaking to Automotive News, the Civic fleet’s chief engineer, Hideki Matsumoto, said that in order to maintain a more stable volume, other variations of the Type R are very essential. He has confirmed that the next iteration will be tuned to produce more than 306 horsepower available in the regular trim.
An all-wheel-drive system is being prepared to compete directly against the likes of hot hatchbacks like the Ford Focus RS and Volkswagen Golf R. He hinted at a possibility of developing a grand touring focused Civic Type R. It might get softer suspension setup and other mechanical tweaks to be easy on the occupants during long travels.
The standard Civic Type R entered US market this past week with a starting price of $34,775 (Rs. lakh). It will get a new base line model next year with a more accessible price reportedly for North America. Honda could be exploring additional models with the new Civic as a hotter version positioned between the Si and Type R can also be expected in the near future.
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