2020 Honda Civic Type R Promises Even More Performance

Kyle Patrick
by Kyle Patrick

Evolution, not revolution. That was the name of the game for Honda as it unveiled the updated version of its mad hot hatch, the Civic Type R, at the Tokyo Auto Salon.

The bald figures are still the same: 306 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque finding their way to the front wheels via a six-speed manual and a limited-slip differential. Also sticking around is the ability to swap between three driving modes: Comfort, Sport and +R. So far, so good.

There’s a different nose and rear bumper to set the 2020 model apart from earlier models. It’s mostly a case of spot-the-differences, with the most noticeable change being a larger grille opening up front to aid cooling. Easier to spot is the bright new exclusive Boost Blue hue. We dig it.

Instead of drastically altering the Type R’s origami looks, Honda has focused on changes under the skin and inside the cabin.

The engineering team has fit new dampers, stiffer rear bushings as well as a modified front suspension under the 2020 car. It promises to enhance both the ride comfort plus the grip and steering feel of a car we wouldn’t consider lacking in any of those departments.

SEE ALSO: 2017 Honda Civic Type R Review

Stopping is handled by new two-piece brake rotors plus improved brake pads, with the two-fold goal of less fade and improved high-speed braking.

Honda’s snick-snick shifter is another of the areas of improvement for 2020, adopting a restyled knob and even shorter throws. The steering wheel is new too, and now wrapped in Alcantara.

A few bits of tech join the show, with the full Honda Sensing suite of driver-assist tech arriving alongside Active Noise Control. The latter will pipe in noise depending on the chosen drive mode.

More information on the 2020 Civic Type R will arrive ahead of its on-sale date later this season.

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Kyle Patrick
Kyle Patrick

Kyle began his automotive obsession before he even started school, courtesy of a remote control Porsche and various LEGO sets. He later studied advertising and graphic design at Humber College, which led him to writing about cars (both real and digital). He is now a proud member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), where he was the Journalist of the Year runner-up for 2021.

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