There's good and bad news for fans of high-performance Hondas.
The new Honda Civic Hatchback is here and we're delighted that the compact car will be offered with the option of a six-speed manual transmission. Still, many have noted that the new Civic has far more mature lines than its showier predecessor, at least in base guise. That has made us even keener to see what the sportier Si and Type R derivatives will look like when they arrive. While Honda hasn't revealed either of these sporty Civics yet, we do have some good news and bad news about them. First, the good news: We won't have to wait much longer for the new Civic Type R.
In its global press release for the new Civic hatch, Honda says that both hybrid and Type R versions of the new Civic will go on sale in 2022. The release doesn't detail when in 2022 or which market this pertains to, but even so, this is a clear indication that the sporty Type R isn't far off. It's expected that the next Type R won't differ too much from the formula of the current one and that means it'll have a manual gearbox and a powerful turbocharged engine. It could be the last Civic Type R to be offered with a pure gasoline powertrain, especially since Honda says it wants to eliminate all gas engines by 2040.
The bad news regarding hotter Civics relates to the upcoming Si. In a tweet from Honda's Canadian account, the company confirmed that there will only be a sedan version of the Si. While this isn't a great surprise since only the current Civic Sedan and defunct Coupe were offered in more powerful Si guise, it would've been great to have a new Civic Hatchback Si, something of a 'warm hatchback' to slot in below the hair-raising Type R. Then again, the new Si sedan should be just as fun to drive as the old one; this model is expected to arrive before the end of the year. Next year this time, we'll hopefully have had a taste of the full Civic lineup.