Refreshed Honda Civic Type R unveiled with subtle upgrades…

Andrew Cummings
January 12, 2020

Outside, the 2020 model gets a larger front-grille opening and the attractive new "Boost Blue" color option that you see in these images. In addition, the 2020 Civic Type R has a modified suspension with optimized dampers increasing comfort during normal driving.

Honda has officially revealed the 2020 Civic Type R at the ongoing Tokyo Auto Salon in Japan. The well-built cabin is another strength of the latest Civic generation and is better still with the Type R's sporty seats, although we'll have to see if the pre-facelift model's eye-popping red trim remains. The suspension is also repeated, with new shock absorbers to increase overall comfort, stiffer rear hubs to sharpen grip and some small adjustments in the front suspension to sweeten the driver's sense of direction. Honda also tinkered with the front suspension to deliver a sharper steering feel. This variant incorporates numerous changes including a new two-piece brake rotors and new brake pads created to reduce fade and improve high-speed braking efficiency.


Inside, the steering wheel has been newly trimmed in Alcantara, while a restyled gearlever offers shorter shifts than in the current auto. While no photos of the interior were released, the company did say its revised hatch will have an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel and a different shifter featuring a redesigned knob and shorter shift throws.

Honda promises more refinement and safety, too. Honda's new "Sensing" driver assistance package is now equipped as standard, bringing aids like lane-keeping assistance, traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking.


It remains a 2.0-liter turbo-four mill with 306 horsepower and 295 foot-pounds of torque. Output is channeled to the front axle through a six-speed, close-ratio manual transmission and a limited-slip differential.


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