The Japanese brand’s revised hot hatch features a handful of cosmetic revisions, a tweaked chassis and more safety technology
Honda unveiled an updated version of the Civic Type R at the 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon. Due to go on sale later this year, the updated hot hatchback features a handful of exterior and interior styling revisions, improved aerodynamics, a redesigned chassis and suspension setup and an upgraded suite of safety equipment.
Exterior styling revisions are conservative, stretching to a new Type R-exclusive Boost Blue paint finish and a larger radiator grille, which Honda says offers better engine cooling. Inside, buyers get a fresh Alcantara-trimmed steering wheel and a re-styled manual gear knob fitted with a new short-throw shifter.
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The chassis revisions are more significant. The 2020 Civic Type R will come with updated dampers, stiffer bushings for the rear subframe, tweaked front suspension geometry and fresh two-piece brake discs with new brake pads, both of which have been designed to reduce brake fade and improve braking performance.
Honda’s suite of advanced driver assistance technology is also now standard across the Civic Type R range, adding a blind-spot monitoring system and rear cross-traffic alert system to the car’s existing lane-keeping assist, forward collision warning, active safety braking and adaptive cruise control systems.
The updated Type R will be powered by the same front-wheel-drive turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine as the previous model – and its output will remain the same at 301bhp and 400Nm of torque. As before, the only gearbox on offer is a six-speed manual and drivers get the same three driving modes (Comfort, Sport and +R), which vary the car’s suspension firmness, throttle response and steering weight.
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