Thehasn’t even been on sale for an entire week yet, but Honda’s head honchos are already set to build a few more variants.
Honda is planning additional variants of the Civic Type R for future model years, Automotive News reports, citing an interview with Hideki Matsumoto, the Civic’s chief engineer. “We’re hoping that by gradually putting out more [variants] that we’ll be able to maintain a more stable sales volume,” Matsumoto said through an interpreter.
These new Type Rs could include a properly bonkers variant with additional horsepower, as well as a watered-down version that would appeal more to a buyer’s grand-touring side — it would still be plenty capable, but it would have a slightly better on-road demeanor.
Perhaps the most interesting addition to the Type R, however, is the idea of adding all-wheel drive. Literally every other vehicle in the Type R’s segment — whether it’s the, or — come with AWD standard, whereas the Civic is limited to front-wheel drive.
Automotive News points out that these could have been included with the new Type R’s debut, but Honda wanted to keep the idea of the Civic Type R pure as it was finally introduced to the US market after 20 years and several generations in Europe and Japan. Now that we’ve had a chance to drive it, we love it, but there’s always room for a little more here and there. All-wheel drive would help it line up better against the competition, at least on paper.