Despite rumors circulating that the 2018 Honda Civic Type R would be coming with a CVT transmission as an option, it is something that is pretty much far from the truth.
Road & Track reported that they had found the root of the rumor. It was all thanks to the November 2016 issue of the British magazine Car where it featured the Type-R along with an interview with Mitsuru Kariya, the man behind the 10th gen Civic.
The report reads, “Doubtless power will continue to be transmitted by today’s magical six-speed manual gearbox, with its tightly packed ratios. There’s no indication of a dual-clutch gearbox for the Civic: the announced automated option is a CVT, although engineer Kariya hastily adds that he’s tried to head-off the typical rev-metal thrash by making the cooking engines tractable at low revs.”
This is not a confirmation as Honda is stating that the company already has a CVT for the car and it’s working to make it less CVT-like.
Thankfully, Honda has cleared up this rumor by confirming that the next Type-R will only be offering a six-speed manual transmission.