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Confirmed: Next gen Honda Civic Type R to have manual box only


Honda has reportedly denied wide-spread rumours that the forthcoming Civic Type R will be offered with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) as an option to supplement the standard manual.

Citing two Honda spokespeople as sources, US magazine and online forum, Car and Driver, reports that both the Type R and lower tier Si, which incidentally will remain Stateside, will only be available with a six-speed manual gearbox to "maximise (driver) engagement".

Earlier this month, speculation began circulating that the fifth generation Type R would break away from tradition and offer an automatic gearbox of sorts for the first time to rival the DSG-equipped Volkswagen Golf GTI and Golf R.

Unveiled in concept form at the Geneva Motor Show last year, the new Type R will reportedly feature a more powerful version of the outgoing model's 228 kW 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, with drive again expected to go to the front wheels unlike the four-wheel drive Golf R and Ford Focus RS.

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