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2017 Honda Civic Type R to be manual only… No CVT

The internet struck again with news the 2017 Honda Civic Type R would get a CVT, but it was WRONG. New Civic Type R will be manual only.

IF YOU HAD WORKED yourself into a frenzy believing the hype that Honda had made a performance car faux pas by fitting a CVT to the upcoming Civic Type R, you can now take a sigh of relief.

Honda Australia Public Relations Manager, Neil McDonald, has confirmed to Practical Motoring the upcoming Honda Civic Type R will not be available with a CVT transmission, and there’s no reason it shouldn’t arrive, as already reported, with a six-speed manual transmission.

“A CVT will not be coming. I don’t how they got that idea”, McDonald told us. “Someone has crossed their wires and put two and two together to equal five”.

As we understand, British magazine Car quoted Honda engineer Mitsuru Kariya late last year as saying that a CVT may be an option in the upcoming new Civic, however, he was referring to the Civic model range, not the Civic Type R. In fact, in the same article, Kariya was strongly against the idea that a CVT would make an appearance in the cult car at all, leading one to question why the assumption was made in the first place.

The quote was misinterpreted by various media outlets who looked to, and did, cause outrage from devoted purists who see the implementation of CVT transmissions in performance cars as sacrilegious. Needless to say, don’t believe everything you read on the Internet.

What we do know about the Civic Type R which will arrive here this year, we have reported on after an end of year discussion with Honda Australia staff.

The idea of a CVT to us doesn’t seem so unreal, given the implementation of CVTs in performance cars recently. If one were to arrive in the Civic Type R, we don’t see what all the fuss is really about. At most it would be the nostalgia of having a manual that might sting, but as our Subaru WRX CVT review points out, the introduction of its CVT was a genius move. And in a car that with a track performance focus such as the Type R, it would only prove to shift it quicker than a traditional stick shifter around the loop, if perhaps a little less involving to drive.


Alex Rae

Alex Rae

Alex Rae grew up among some of the great stages of Targa Tasmania, an event that sparked his passion for all things mechanical. Currently living across Bass Strait in Melbourne, Alex has worked for the last decade in the automotive world as both a photographer and journalist, and is now a freelancer for various publications. When not driving for work Alex can be found tinkering in the shed on of one his project Zeds or planning his next gravel rally car.