Honda took advantage of the 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon to unveil to the world the latest iteration of the brand’s ultrahot hatch, the 2020 Civic Type R. Changes focused mostly on updates to the styling, aerodynamics, and adding Honda Sensing safety and driver-assistive technology.
On the outside, there’s a larger grille and exclusive new color called Boost Blue. Underneath, the brakes receive new two-piece brake rotors and new brake pads. Grip and ride were improved, too, thanks to suspension changes that include stiffer rear bushings and updated dampers.
Inside the car’s cabin, you’ll find a new Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel and a new shifter complete with a restyled knob and shorter shift throws. The Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies is added. This marks the first time the system will be available as standard equipment on all Civic models and trims.
The Sound of Power
No changes were made under the Type R’s hood, with power still coming from a race-ready 2.0-liter direct-injected and turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. Output is still rated at 306 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque, all of which is available through a 6-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential.
What drivers will notice new for 2020 is Active Sound Control. Honda says the setup will change the interior sound in conjunction with each of the three different drive modes (Comfort, Sport and +R).
Honda hasn’t released pricing for the new and improved speed racer but announced it will be launching here in the states later this winter.