Honda is currently busy prepping the next-generation Civic Type R, which will most likely be revealed sometime this year. The 2023 Honda Civic Type R always was mated with a manual transmission, yet a report from Japan suggests that the upcoming hot hatch could be launched with an automatic transmission for the first time.
This rumor was first reported by the Japanese automotive website Best Car, which claims that the Civic Type R will still be fitted with the same K20C1 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder that has powered its past two predecessors. This isn’t surprising, since the engine has performed really well under our own experience, and like every Japanese automaker, Honda’s engine life cycle is much longer than European brands, which contributes to the powertrain’s longevity.
What is surprising is that the same automotive news outlet claims that an automatic transmission will be offered for the first time. This will be the first time that an automatic transmission will be fitted with such a transmission.
If this is proven to be true, then what kind of automatic do you think Honda will be fitted into the Civic Type R? Honda’s Earth Dreams CVT won’t be good enough for their hot hatch, so the most likely candidate would be a dual-clutch transmission that’s also used in the NSX, or a torque converter 10-speed automatic that powers the Accord with a detuned version of the Civic Type R’s engine.
Still, these are rumors, and nothing has been proven at this point, but it would be interesting if Honda does fit an automatic to the Civic Type R. With this in mind, would you pick the 2023 Honda Civic Type R if it had an automatic instead of a three-pedal setup?