It seems Honda might be working on a rather variant of the Civic Type R: one that has all-wheel drive.

This bit of information comes from Automotive News, which cited their conversation with Hideki Matsumoto, chief engineer of Honda for the Civic line-up. 

“We’re hoping that by gradually putting out more [variants] that we’ll be able to maintain a more stable sales volume,” Hideki Matsumoto, chief engineer for the Civic model range, told Automotive News through an interpreter.

After going on sale just last week in the US, Honda is already planning to make more variants of the Civic Type R. The reason for doing so would be to maintain a stable sales volume as sports car sales are known to wear off after initial demand.

Furthermore, an all-wheel drive version could also happen to go up against competitors such as the Golf R and the Subaru WRX or STI. Another possibility would be to develop a Type R that would be more focused on long cruises, giving it softer suspension among other tweaks to give it a better ride.

Despite the new Civic Type R making the same power as the previous generation, it was enough for it to become the fastest front-wheel drive car to lap the Nurburgring. Planned for the other variants of the Type R however, include one more powerful than standard.

Currently, the 2017 Civic Type R produces 306 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque mated to a six-speed manual transmission. It also features an adaptive suspension, limited-slip differential and Brembo brakes.

Source: Automotive News