The 2020 Honda Civic Type R has made its world debut at the Tokyo Auto Salon. The new model brings a number of changes and improvements, including revised styling, improved aerodynamic performance, and the addition of standard Honda Sensing safety and driver-assist technology.
The new Type R includes new two-piece brake rotors and new brake pads designed to reduce fade and improve high-speed braking efficiency. Suspension revisions include 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. Exterior design enhancements include a new larger front grille opening for improved engine cooling, and the 2020 model will be available in a new, Type R-exclusive Boost Blue.
Also new is an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel and a new shifter with a restyled knob and shorter shift throws.
The 2020 Civic Type R is powered by a 2.0-litre direct-injected and turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with VTEC valve train putting out 306hp (228kW) and 295 lb.-ft. (400Nm) of torque with power to the front wheels delivered through a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission and limited-slip differential. Drivers can choose between three driving modes – Comfort, Sport and +R – that vary suspension firmness, steering and throttle response. New for 2020 is Active Sound Control, which modifies interior sound in concert with chosen drive mode.