• Will We Ever See an All-Electric Civic Type R from Honda?

The answer might surprise you

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There’s nothing we can say to further boost the Civic’s (and subsequently, the Type R’s) icon status among car nuts. But times are changing and with the current push for electrification, even such a revered moniker as the Type R is likely to adopt the trend sooner or later.

Recent info in that direction comes from within Honda’s official ranks. Apparently, there are folks over at Honda who believe in the possibility of an all-electric Type R-badged car, especially since the Japanese carmaker should begin mixing its performance-oriented cars with less polluting powertrains.

Don’t expect an all-electric performance Honda too soon

 Will We Ever See an All-Electric Civic Type R from Honda? Exterior
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Speaking to MotorTrend, Honda’s Civic Type R project leader Hideki Kakinuma suggested that “an electric Type R is possible.” He goes on to develop his argument by saying that an all-electric performance Honda, regardless of its shape and name, has to deliver on one important area first and foremost, and that’s the ability to offer “the excitement the company requires from a Type R-branded vehicle.”

Of course, it’s too early to really discuss about a Type R model motivated by a battery pack and one or more electric motors. The Japanese are only now testing the water with the Honda e, but the all-electric supermini is hardly what you’d call a high-performance vehicle.

2021 Honda e Exterior
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The Honda e makes 134 horsepower and 315 Newton-meters (232 pound-feet) of torque coming from an e-motor fed by a 35.3-kWh Lithium-ion battery pack. It can go from naught to 60 mph (96 km/h) in nine seconds and further up to a top speed of 90 mph (145 km/h). The WLTP-measured max range is 137 miles (220 km).

Honda e specifications
Honda E Base Honda E Advance
Electric Motor Max Power 134 HP 152 HP
Electric Motor Max Torque 232 LB-FT 232 LB-FT
0 → 62 mph (seconds) 9 8.3
Max Speed (mph) 90 90
All-electric range (WLTP) 138 miles 138 miles

Mind you, despite its tiny size, the Honda e isn’t exactly light - it tips the scales at 1,514 kilos (3,337 pounds), whereas the Civic Type R weighs 100 kilos (220 pounds less, at 1,414 kilos (3,117 pounds). That’s not exactly sports car material, is it, now? That’s why we’re telling every performance EV fan out there to not jump for joy just yet.

That said, here’s something delicious for the gearhead in you on the Type R’s ICE capabilities. Mr. Kakinuma believes that the current Civic Type R setup can be pushed beyond the current 306-horsepower, 295-pound-feet of torque output while keeping the front-wheel-drive configuration. When and if that will happen, though, remains a secret for now.

 Will We Ever See an All-Electric Civic Type R from Honda? Exterior
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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
Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
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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 full bio
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