Just in: Honda spokesperson Sage Marie has now confirmed that the Honda Civic Type R will definitely not be offered with a convenient CVT version. This puts Honda Civic rumors to rest as the Type R was speculated to have a continuously variable transmission as an option when bought at the dealership. This also puts the Civic Type R as a sports car, which traditionally has a manual transmission for drivers to play around when shifting.
The news was taken from CivicX which cites a report in CAR Magazine's November issue. The report says about an interview with Civic line head engineer Mirsuru Kariya, Civic line head designer Katsushi Inoue, and head of Honda Europe Daisuke Tsutamori. The people involved in the interview are senior Honda staff and involved in creating the 2018 Honda Civic Type R.
The three Honda senior employees discussed details on the 2018 Honda Civic Type R. It is also important to note that the Type R is scheduled be headed in North America for the first time. Regarding details, limited slip-differential, front-wheel drive only, and a lower center of gravity compared to a standard Civic were confirmed.
Along the length of the discussion, speculations about the Honda Civic Type R involved an option of having a CVT that will accompany the six-speed manual transmission. This has been thought of to be optimized for low-end acceleration. Throughout the Civic's history, the sports sedan has been only exclusive with a manual transmission.
The speculation on Honda Civic Type R being offered with an automatic transmission, has raised eyebrows for fans and critics alike. For enthusiasts, it is like blasphemy to incorporate a CVT to an already good Type R car. As of this writing, everyone's mind is now at peace knowing that the Type R will always have and always will bear a manual transmission.