In true Honda tradition, the high-performance Civic models will remain manual only.
The upcoming 11th generation Honda Civic Si and Type-R will only be equipped with manual transmission. In a video review of the upcoming 11th generation Civic Honda PR, Karl Pulley confirms that the manual-transmission Civics will retain performance.
When it comes to manual transmission versus high-performance automatic and dual-clutch transmission, the online debate is endless. Despite the philosophical debate that rages on the Internet, it’s important to remember why automakers build cars at all. To maximize revenue, companies create products that are popular and then tweak them slightly to capture unique market segments.
What’s interesting about the hot Civics compared to their competitors is the lack of an automatic transmission. If Honda wanted to sell more Civic Si and Type-Rs, they would need to engage the automatic transmission.
There is no clear answer as to why Honda chose to keep only the Si and Type-R manual. The cost of developing a new powertrain in a high performance low-volume application doesn’t make a lot of business sense for Hond. Especially considering that most of their other cars use CVT transmissions.
Honda makes some of the best manual transmissions in the business. At the moment, there are more than enough of them for the Civic Si and Civic Type-R. Will we see an automatic transmission for future high-performance Civics? We’ll have to wait and see.
Read also that Honda has unveiled the price tags and trim levels for the updated 2022 Civic sedan.