As of the moment, Honda offers the Civic Type R in only one trim level, Touring. However, that may soon change as the Japanese automaker is reportedly working on a cheaper, 'base model' variant of the Civic Type R. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) documents attained by The Truth About Cars shows proof that Honda is likely working on an 'entry level' Civic Type R, which could be released in the future.
Taking a closer look at the document, the two Honda Type R models listed shows two different chassis codes – FK8G7 and FK8G3. The latter being the supposed base model with the former being the Touring currently offered. Both models still use the 2.0-liter turbocharged K20C1 engine which outputs 320 PS and 400 Nm of torque, and is still mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.
The Civic Type R Touring currently being offered in the United States comes fully equipped with features both inside and out. It comes with dual-zone climate control, a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and large 20-inch wheels to name a few. A more 'stripped out' Civic Type R could cater to the enthusiasts who would likely replace or remove these parts in the name of performance or personal preference. A Civic Type R without all the options could also prove as a cheaper entry model.
This new report does coincide with earlier reports that more variants of the Civic Type R will follow after its original launch. For now however, buyers will have to make do with the standard Touring variant.
Source: The Truth About Cars