The Honda Civic Type R has been a hot topic in automotive circles over the course of the past few months. Unfortunately, the new performance hatchback was only set to be available overseas, which quickly deflated our excitement about the new model. That is until recently, when Motor Y Racing, a Spanish automotive website, reported a North American version of the Honda Civic Type R may be in the works.
Now, that may not be as concrete as a confirmation directly from Honda, but it’s exciting nonetheless. Although some aspects of of the Honda Civic Type R will undoubtedly will be altered for Canada if it does arrive, it’d be great to see the performance-focused Honda Civic Type R join the Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe, which have been such popular choices in the compact segment.
Overseas versions of the Honda Civic Type R sport a 2.0-litre i-VTEC turbocharged engine that is mated to a six-speed manual transmission. According to AutoBlog, that engine would almost certainly make the trip to Canada, but it would potentially be joined by an upgraded suspension.
AutoBlog also reports that other rumors state that the 2.0-litre turbocharged four from the Civic Type R could make an appearance in the next iteration of the Honda CR-Z hybrid. Best case scenario: both the Civic Type R and the Honda CR-Z are equipped with the new engine and available in Canada within the next few years.
It remains to be seen if and when the Honda Civic Type R, or at least a model bearing the i-VTEC turbo-4, will arrive in Canada, but as rumors continue to swirl, we remain optimistic about the prospects of a new performance Civic arriving in Canada. Stay posted to the Wheaton Honda blog for more information about the prospects Honda Civic Type R