All the Reasons to Get Excited About a Civic Type R CVT

Could the next Civic Type R really, as CivicX says, arrive with an optional CVT? There's an easy answer to that question, and that answer is actually two questions, and those two questions are: "So what if it does? As long as the manual transmission is available, why would you pick anything else?" Taking the clutch pedal out of one of history's all-time-great enthusiast cars would be like having Thomas Kinkade repaint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, or listening to an 8-track tape of the Berlin Philharmonic, or…

…Or taking the clutch pedal out of the Lamborghini Huracan, or taking the clutch pedal out of every current McLaren and every current Ferrari, or taking the clutch pedal out of the Porsche GT3. You see what I'm getting at? Clearly, there are a lot of people out there, on both the manufacturing and the purchasing side of the sports-car game, who don't want to shift for themselves. And for those people, putting a CVT in the Type R instead of a dual-clutch paddle-shifter automatic makes a ton of sense. Here's why.

To begin with, a CVT is the fastest possible way to get around a racetrack. Don't take my word for it: take the word of the Formula One rulesmakers, who banned it twenty-three years ago. So all of you hedge-fund managers and #richkidsofinstagram who rationalize your inability to drive a stick-shift by citing how much faster a DCT is around a track—take that! A CVT is even faster! Read full article...

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05 Jan 2017

By Jack Baruth