The 2020 Honda Civic Type R will be landing at America’s dealers with upgraded performance, along with Honda Sensing and new LogR Datalogging Smartphone App. The latter is a Type R exclusive.
Expect to find suspension, brake and engine cooling performance upgrades, plus a refreshed exterior and interior styling, and a new Boost Blue color option.
Under the hood, there’s the race-bred 2L direct-injected and turbocharged 4-pod VTEC engine, pumping out 306 ponies and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque. The power is put to good use at the front wheels via a close-ration 6-speed manual gearbox and limited-slip differential (LSD).
Other notables include Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, new shift lever with restyled knob and sueded shift boot, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with traction control, driver and passenger front and side airbags, side-curtain airbags with rollover sensor, Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist, Honda’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, multi-angle rear view camera, and three driving modes: Comfort, Sport and +R, that vary damping force, steering assist, and throttle mapping.
If you prefer not to be seen driving a “run-of-the-mill” Civic Type R, then we suggest you hold out for the 2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition instead.
Billed as the ultimate track-focused Type R, it has everything the updated 2020 Civic Type R has, plus special lightweight features, including forged wheels from BBS and reduce sound deadening that saves around 28 pounds of the overall weight.
In addition, it gets specially tuned dampers and re-calibrated steering for maximum control and feedback.
Only 600 units will be offered in stateside, each with unique numbered plaque. Sadly, there’s no power or torque bump. Pricing has not been announced. It will be closer to its launch is unknown at this point.
All images courtesy of Honda Motor Co., Inc..