If you are a fan of manual transmission, the upcoming 11th generation Honda civic si and the Type-R has fun for you. In true Honda tradition, the high-performance Civic models will remain with manual transmission only. In a video review of the upcoming 11th generation Civic Honda PR, Karl Pulley at the nine minute and thirty second mark confirms that the manual Civics’ performance will continue.
When it comes to manual transmission versus high performance automation and double clutch the online debate is endless. For some, there is no substitute for rowing on their own gears, while others prefer the improved performance and predictability of an automatic transmission.
Despite the philosophical debate that rages on the Internet, it’s important to remember why car manufacturers make cars at all. Like all companies, your favorite car brand is simply creating a product to generate income. 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’d need to include an automatic transmission for those not too keen on learning the manual.
There is no clear answer as to why Honda chose to keep only the Si and Type-R manual, but I highly doubt this is all about tradition. The cost of developing a new powertrain in a high-performance low-volume application doesn’t make much commercial sense to Honda, especially given that most of their other vehicles use CVTs.
Honda makes some of the best manual transmissions in the business, and there are more than enough for the Civic Si and Civic Type-R right now. Will we see an automatic transmission for future high-performance Civics? Well, we just have to wait and see.
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