Honda has updated the Civic Type R with a number of changes including revised styling, improved aerodynamics, and the addition of standard Honda Sensing safety and driver-assistive technology.
The 2020 Civic Type R also gets new two-piece brake rotors and new brake pads designed to reduce fade and improve high-speed braking efficiency. Suspension revisions for 2020 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, Honda said.
Design updates are rather subtle, which includes a larger front grille for improved engine cooling, and a new, Type R-exclusive Boost Blue exterior finish. Interiors get a new Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel and a new short-throw shifter with a restyled knob. The aforementioned Honda Sensing suite will be available as standard equipment on all Civic models and trims.
Under the hood, the 2020 Civic Type R continues to draw power from a race-bred 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder gasoline engine that puts out a peak 306 hp and 295 lb.-ft. (400 Nm) of torque, with power to the front wheels delivered through a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential.
As before, the 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 the interior sound depending on the chosen drive mode.