Although Honda wants to accelerate its plans to electrify its vehicle lineup, the next generation of the high-performance Civic Type R will be 100% gasoline-powered, like the first.
This is the site Coach who reports the news after speaking with one of Honda’s executives in Europe.
Remember that the new Honda Civic 2022 will be unveiled this spring in sedan and hatchback formats, closely resembling the prototype that we have already seen. It should arrive on the Canadian market in the fall.
A little later, it will be the turn of the Civic Type R 2022, which will be manufactured in the United States and no longer in England due to the closure of the Swindon plant. And we now know that it will not use any hybrid system whatsoever.
Some amateurs will be disappointed; others, on the contrary, will rejoice. It is true that the addition of an electric motor makes it possible to increase the power of a vehicle, but in the case of a traction car that likes to run at high revs like the Type R, that would change its behavior and his feelings. Sooner or later, however, the inevitable will happen.
What to expect from the next Civic Type R? Obviously, the current 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 306 horsepower will be improved, but how much more horsepower and torque can the manufacturer add to the front wheels? Will an all-wheel drive be included this time around, as some rumors suggest? Only Honda knows the answer for now.
The two big rivals of the Type R each have four-wheel drive, the Subaru WRX STI and the Volkswagen Golf R. The second, also renewed for 2022 and without an electrified engine, will generate 315 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of couple.
On the design side, the exterior will be a little more sober and less youthful if we trust the images of the Civic prototype, but the aerodynamic elements including the large rear spoiler will certainly be back. The biggest contrast is likely to be inside the car, where the decor will be clean and filled with better quality materials.
Finally, the price of the next Civic Type R will no doubt go up, but don’t expect a dramatic increase.
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