Brought to our attention by CivicX forum member Browncoat3000, key specs the three discuss also include a 6-speed manual transmission that will come as standard, FWD-only configuration, limited-slip differential up front, and a “significantly lower center of gravity compared to the standard Civic [X hatchback].” I still can’t get my head around why would Honda go for a CVT instead of a dual-clutch auto, but then again, Honda does things its own way.
Previewed by the Civic Type R Prototype revealed last year at the Paris Motor Show, the most thrilling Civic X hatchback of them all is expected to pack the firepower of a 2.0 VTEC Turbo. Hearsay suggests that the K20C1 engine in the outgoing Civic Type R will be employed by the all-new model. Output-wise, the sweet spot is a minimum of 310 PS (306 hp) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm).
After Honda comes clean about what the 2018 Civic Type R is all about, the front-wheel-drive hot hatchback will have to take on the likes of the Volkswagen Golf GTI ClubSport S. And the upcoming 2018 Renault Megane RS, which is scheduled to debut in Europe in the latter half of 2017.