The updates to the Civic Type R brings a number of changes and improvements to Type R’s winning formula, including revised styling, improved aerodynamic performance, and the addition of standard Honda Sensing® safety and driver-assistive technology.
To improve on the already exhilarating driving dynamics, the new 2020 Civic Type R now includes new two-piece brake rotors and new brake pads designed to reduce fade and improve high-speed braking efficiency, as well as updated dampers for better ride comfort, stiffer rear bushings for better grip, and modifications to the front suspension to reduce friction and improve steering feel.
On the outside you would notice a new larger front grille opening to assist with improved engine cooling, and the 2020 model will be available in a new, Type R-exclusive Boost Blue.
Further refinements for 2020 can be found inside the cabin, including a new Alcantara™-wrapped steering wheel and a new shifter with a restyled knob and shorter shift throws. The 2020 Civic Type R also receives the Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies, which marks the first time that Honda Sensing® will be available as standard equipment on all Civic models and trims.
Power comes courtesy from the familiar and highly acclaimed race-bred 2.0-liter direct-injected and turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with VTEC™ valvetrain that develops a peak 228kW and 400Nm of torque, with power sent to the front wheels delivered via a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission with limited-slip differential.
As in the previous Civic Type R, drivers are able to choose between three driving modes – Comfort, Sport and +R. Each one of these driving modes offer different suspension firmness, steering and throttle response. New for 2020 is Active Sound Control, which can modify the interior sound based on the selected driving mode.
Local specifications, availability and pricing are yet to be confirmed for Australia, and we’ll report back here when they become available.