The next Civic Type R is virtually a certainty for the Australian market, with the local director of Honda confirming that work is already underway to get the hardcore hot-hatch here.
Although technical details of powertrain, transmission and even body style have yet to be officially confirmed, Honda Australia Director Stephen Collins told TMR this week that the new Civic Type R is definitely on his wish list.
“Civic Type R has a long history in Australia, so that’s a project that we are definitely working on,” Mr. Collins said.
However, Collins admits the next Type R is highly unlikely to arrive in 2014. Instead, a debut sometime in 2015 is the more likely scenario.
“I’m pretty confident that we’ll be able to get it to the Australian market, but the timing at this stage, I’m not sure when that’ll be.” Collins said.
“But I think it’s an important car to have in our line up.
“The sporty heritage that we have and particularly the Type R brand itself is something that I’d love to bring back to the market as soon as possible.”
The revival of the Civic Type R will be welcome news for Honda fans, with the nameplate last seen in Honda’s local showrooms in early 2012.
But although the return of the Civic Type R has already been confirmed by Honda’s global boss Takanobu Ito, don’t expect it to resemble its predecessors.
Besides the Japan-only FD2 Civic Type R sedan, previous Type Rs were three-door hatchbacks powered by high-revving naturally-aspirated four-cylinder motors.
The new car will likely be a five-door hatch, and is expected to use a turbocharger to boost output from its 1.6 litre four-pot.
Other rumours have the next-gen Type R utilising a hybrid powertrain in conjunction with a turbocharger, and even a twin-clutch automatic transmission
Whatever the case, one thing’s for certain: with Ito promising that the new Type R will be faster around the Nurburgring than a Renault Megane RS265 or Opel Astra OPC, Honda’s next hi-po Civic could well be the hottest hatch of all time.
Pictured top of article: Honda's Civic-based BTCC racer.