The Mk11 Civic-based Type R will be the last one to rely on fossil fuel alone

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That car the industry is slowly but steadily shifting to electrified powertrains is not a novel trend anymore. Almost every echelon, from the budget-friendly sub-compact to the alien-looking supercar is getting either a hybrid or an out-and-out EV these days.

Honda, for example, wants to field a fully electrified lineup - made of hybrids and EVs - by 2022 in Europe, as emissions standards are becoming more and more strict. This, however, won’t affect the incoming Civic Type R, which is good. For now. At the same time, the new Type R might become the last Honda to feature a pure-gasoline powertrain.

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We know that there’s a new Civic coming after last year, Honda showed a Civic prototype in sedan form aimed at the U.S.-market. The production version is expected to debut sometime this spring or in early summer and it will also include a hatchback derivative. It’s that platform that will underpin the new Type R which, Autocar reports, is going to retain the 2-liter, turbocharged K20C1 engine, albeit with a list of fresh tweaks meant to add more oomph and better fuel efficiency.

If this is true, then the Mk11 Civic-based Type R will turn into a last Mohican of sorts in the sense that it's going to be the last E.U.-sold Honda to rely solely on fossil fuel.

This aspect holds both encouraging sings and reason for sadness among enthusiasts.

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The current Type R is arguably the best of the hot hatch bunch and most of that recognition comes from the engine-gearbox symbiosis. Sure, 316 horsepower (in Europe-bound versions of the current Civic Type R) sounds like a lot of power, but without a proper gearbox to harness every drop of performance, it wouldn’t mean much.

Fortunately, Honda worked its magic with the fabulously-slick six-speed manual of the Type R and it shows. Add in the raucous exhaust sound, the fact that the car starts up in Sport mode as default, and the alien looks, and you get a pretty well-rounded package that will be very hard to beat by a hybrid (or even an EV) in terms of the pure feelings it triggers while driven properly.

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That said, we’ve got absolutely no doubt that the new Civic Typer R will be a formidable machine. What happens once it transitions from new to old, well, that’s a story yet to be written. Will its successor be a performance-oriented hybrid inspired by the NSX? Or will Honda go full electric on the Type R? We can’t quite offer an answer for the time being, but we can tell you this: times are changing.

2020 Honda Civic Type R specifications
Engine 2.0-liter turbocharged i-VTEC four-cylinder
Horsepower 306 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Torque 295 LB-FT @ 7,000 RPM
Transmission 6-Speed Manual
Weight 3,117 Lbs
Fuel economy city/highway/combined 22 / 28 / 25
0 to 60 mph 5.7 seconds
Top Speed 169 mph

Source: Autocar

Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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