The new Type R has been revealed not that long ago but the car isn’t nearly as impressive as first thought. Why? While the European model offers more power and torque than its predecessor, the US market gets a down-rated version. It still is unclear why Honda made this decision but rumors about an updated model already started to surface. Most rumors point out at the upcoming 2019 Honda Civic Type R which could solve most of the issues with the current generation. This would offer better performance as well as more features as optional extras. It still is unclear if the rumors are true but it definitely is interesting considering the new version of the car hasn’t even been released as of now.
This article is just a RUMOR!!!
The 2019 Type R will more than likely boast an identical chassis to the newly revealed car. The two will share not only the chassis but the highly capable suspension setup and brakes. Some suggested Honda may become the first manufacturer to install carbon-ceramic brakes on a front wheel drive car. This would be possible thanks to the advancements made in the brakes department. However, it is also worth mentioning that the cheapest car currently on sale with a carbon ceramic setup costs north of $60,000 while the Type R is set to cost just $35,000 for a base version. If Honda decides to offer the highly expensive brakes then expect the price of the Type R to skyrocket.
Even though the Civic is front wheel drive only, all wheel drive is actually possible
Is all wheel drive possible?
The 2019 Honda Civic Type R is going to be based on Honda’s highly modular architecture. Even though the Civic is front wheel drive only, all wheel drive is actually possible. This would easily make the Type R one of the fastest cars at this price point, especially since the current front wheel drive model is usually faster than some of its AWD rivals. There are drawbacks with an AWD setup though. For starters, the small trunk of the Type R would become even smaller. The driveshaft would also intrude in the cabin and the car would be noticeably heavier. The end result would be a more powerful and faster car that won’t drive as good as the current front wheel drive model.
2019 Honda Civic Type R Exterior and Interior
Many complained about the fact the Type R looks way too close to a toy. While we would tend to agree, we shouldn’t forget that this is a hot-hatch and that’s the whole point of the car. We do hope Honda will refine the design but we are sure that not much will change in terms of design scheme. We can expect new wheels, possibly a new color scheme but that’s about it. Inside the cabin the 2019 Honda Civic Type R will likely boast the same layout as before. The only real change here will likely be the infotainment system which is expected to be replaced by the same unit that can be found in the new CRV.
The newly revealed Type R is powered by a 2.0 liter turbocharged inline 4 which is good for 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque.
Engine and Specs 2019 Honda Civic Type R
The newly revealed Type R is powered by a 2.0 liter turbocharged inline 4 which is good for 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Even though the Civic is front wheel drive only, all wheel drive is actually possible. In contrast, the European version has been confirmed to make 316 horsepower with a more powerful version being expected in the near future. Because of that it is safe to assume the 2019 Honda Civic Type R might get the revised powertrain from the EU model. If this is the case then the new Type R might be able to offer closer to 340 horsepower and over 300 lb-ft of torque.
|2019 Honda Civic Type R Specs|
|Dimensions And Weight|
|Engine And Transmission|
|Engine type||2.0 liter turbocharged inline 4|
|Power/torque||306 hp and 295 lb-ft|
|Transmission||6 or 10 -speed automatic|
|0-60 mph||6,5 sec|
|Top speed||150 mph|
|PRICE RANGE: starting at $35,000 – $60000|
|Competitors: Subaru WRX STI, VW Golf R, Ford Focus RS|
While so much power would likely be a problem for a front wheel drive car, considering all wheel drive isn’t out of the question just yet, it might just happen. The car’s great 6 speed manual gearbox is likely here to stay. However, this doesn’t mean an automatic won’t be used. In fact Honda released not that long ago a new 10 speed gearbox which is quite fast and reasonably compact. We wouldn’t be surprised if they decide to offer a variation of this gearbox on the Type R. They might also decide to offer one of their dual-clutch units which are currently in use on certain Acura cars. However, the Type R is a rather compact car and one of these gearboxes might not fit under the hood. Only time will tell.
2018 Honda Civic Type R – Exterior and Interior – video