Honda Civic Type R Revealed With Styling and Hardware Changes

Daniel Fowler
January 12, 2020

Not only will the standard Honda get an update but the 2020 Honda Civic Type R will also be getting an update.

A closer look also reveals that the tip of the hood extends a bit into the upper grille, but cooling should not be an issue given the much larger lower grille.

One of our favorite hatchbacks bowed with a series of mechanical updates, some additional technologies and a new Boost Blue exterior color.

First up, Honda has opted to give the Civic Type R new brake pads for better stopping power, and updated dampers for improved ride comfort.

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Inside, the Type R now has an Alcantara steering wheel and a new shift knob. Honda didn't say what's included, but other Civics have forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warnings, adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and road departure mitigation that steers the vehicle back into its lane if it's about to leave the road. Also, Honda also included Active Sound Control which feeds artificial engine noise inside the cabin.

The Type R will keep its same basic specs from prior model years, which are a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The auto also gets the Honda Sensing suite of driver aids standard. Not exactly. The Civic Type R is already potent with 306-horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, which is more than enough for a compact four-door saloon vehicle.

Man, it seems like just yesterday when we were all drooling over the possibility of having the Honda Civic Type R in our market. Now? Output is channeled to the front axle through a six-speed, close-ratio manual transmission and a limited-slip differential. The driver can choose from three different driving modes to alter the throttle response, steering feel, and damper settings. Given the minor cosmetic and hardware changes, we're expecting a minor increase from the outgoing model's $36,300 base price.

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