Well, that didn't take long.
It only went on sale in the US last week (look out for dealership markups, BTW), and already Honda has made future plans for the Civic Type R hot hatch. Speaking with Automotive News, Type R chief engineer Hideki Matsumoto has clarified that the Japanese automaker intends to go by the special editions playbook that’s worked so well for the likes of Porsche for many years. "We’re hoping that by gradually putting out more (variants) that we’ll be able to maintain a more stable sales volume," Matsumoto-san stated. What are those variants, specifically?
For starters, a hardcore version of the Type R with even more horsepower. Other hopeful Type R variants include an all-wheel drive version, specifically to face off against the likes of the Subaru WRX and WRX STI, and Volkswagen Golf R. Honda is even considering a toned-down Type R that’s "focused more on the grand touring aspect." But here’s a question: Why didn’t Honda simply make the latest Type R AWD from the get-go, considering the above competition as well as the Ford Focus RS, which is slated to end production next year? That would've made sense, right? Yes, but there was a reason why not.
Honda’s logic was that it wanted to bring to the US the same formula that’s worked so well for the Type R abroad for years, FWD, lightweight, and six-speed manual. While AWD will add some poundage, the more powerful, hardcore Type R could lose some weight in order to extract the platform’s full potential. We’ll just have to wait and see.