Canadian auto enthusiasts and Honda fans have been wondering if the Honda Civic Type-R will be available in Canada for some time now. While we don’t have a definitive answer to that lingering question, a recent report from Car and Driver indicates that we likely won’t see the Civic Type-R on Canadian soil anytime soon. At least not all of it.
Although the Civic Type-R may not be available in Canada, a detuned version of the Type-R’s engine may be available in a new iteration of the Honda CR-Z. While Honda hasn’t confirmed these reports, an anonymous source associated with Honda’s Tochigi, Japan development center leaked information to Car and Driver about a next-generation Honda CR-Z expected for 2018.
But this won’t be the Honda CR-Z we’ve seen in the past. The new Honda CR-Z will ditch its hybrid powertrain and trade it for a detuned version of the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder model from the European-spec Type-R. While the turbocharged version generates 306 horsepower, we can expect somewhere closer to 280 horsepower from the naturally-aspirated engine.
Speculation from Car and Driver states that the CR-Z will be rebranded as the Honda Civic CR-Z and will be ride on a shortened version of the next-generation Honda Civic platform.
Of course, Honda has yet to confirm these reports and, until they do, it’s best to temper your expectations. In the meantime, the current Honda Civic has been the best-selling car in Canada for 17 consecutive years with no plans of letting up.
Schedule a test drive in any of the Honda Civic models on the Wheaton Honda lot and stay posted to our blog for more information about a potential reincarnation of the Honda CR-Z.