The next Honda Civic Type R will not become a hybridJune 11, 2020
In May, photo spies spotted the updated Honda Civic Type R on public roads and suggested that its engine might get some sort of electrification. It turns out that this opinion may be erroneous.
According to foreign publications, Honda revealed plans for a “charged” hatchback: the company will adhere to a traditional gasoline internal combustion engine without hybrid support. This contradicts previous rumors that even hint at a potential all-electric Type R.
In a conversation with AutoExpress, Tom Gardener, senior vice president of Honda Europe, did not provide direct evidence that the new Civic Type R would not become a hybrid, but strongly recommended that a turbo-charged engine be installed exclusively under the hood.
“We have the main rods that will be electrified. It’s clear that we have a very famous product, such as a derivative of Civic, which, I believe, is what you talk about in Type R, but no decisions have yet been made on this. We are very well aware that customers appreciate the current model, and we will have to deeply consider the issue of best progress, ”said Gardener.
A 2.0-liter turbocharged engine would be quite suitable for the role of the main unit of the current car. In addition, no changes in the layout of the power unit are planned, which means that the 6-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive will be saved. Moreover, power should increase compared to today’s 306 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque.
The updated Type R is due to arrive in the 2022 model year. It is expected that its production will be transferred from the Honda factory in Swindon to one of the Japanese brand enterprises.
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