More hardcore Honda Civic Type R in the works, Grand Tourer variant planned


Yes, the new Honda Civic Type R is finally available in the US, making it the first full-blown high performance Civic to be officially sold in the West. But as it turns out, it appears that there would be a hotter Type R (FK8R) in the works!

Chief Engineer for the Civic, Hideki Matsumoto said to Automotive News that by adding more variants to the Civic line, it would certainly create a more stable sales volume. Among them is a more hardcore version of the Type R hatchback. Just like the Golf GTI Clubsport S, this could mean that there will be a Civic pushing above the 315 hp mark, and would potentially lap the Nurburgring quicker than 7 minutes 43.8 seconds.

On the flip side, there could also be a milder version of the FK8R. It will be focused more on the grand touring aspect, aimed at those seeking performance but not ready for the all-out Type R.

Also hinted is an all-wheel drive Type R, which will go against the formidable mega hatches such as the Ford Focus RS, Volkswagen Golf R, and Mercedes-AMG A 45.

On a brighter note, rumour has it that Honda Malaysia is actually considering bringing this in. If that day indeed comes, then better get your chequebooks ready.


Travis Chang

Travis Chang

While his day job is as exciting as a certain beige saloon, he knows a thing or two about cars and motorsports. The true definition of motoring nirvana according to him is a clear and twisty tarmac surrounded with mesmerizing vistas, followed with a track list of indie tunes on the stereo. Any cars will do fine, not so for big MPVs which he loathes...
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