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cites Yuji Matsumochi, assistant large project leader for the Civic, as saying that weight was once again the factor behind the decision to exclude an automatic transmission from the options list. “If we applied an automatic transmission, or dual-clutch transmission, for a 400Nm engine, it would be very heavy weight, and very big. The front weight would be very heavy,” says Matsumochi. At current, the Type R has a weight distribution that skews towards the front, a given for a front-wheel drive vehicle. Problematically, weight up front encourages understeer, making for terrible cornering dynamics. During hard turns, front wheel-drive vehicles with their engines resting over the front axle tend to lose grip and push wide.