Honda's hot hatch gets a wealth of performance and styling updates for 2020.
Earlier this month, the 2020 Honda Civic Type R broke cover with a wealth of performance and styling updates. After making its world debut at the 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon, the improved hot hatch has made its North American debut at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show. For the first time in public, Honda used the Chicago Auto Show to show off new its new striking Boost Blue exterior color scheme available for the 2020 Civic Type R.
Compared to the outgoing model, the 2020 Civic Type R boasts revised styling, improved handling and braking, better engine cooling and a suite of Honda Sensing safety and driver-assist technology as standard.
To improve the driving dynamics, the new two-piece brake rotors and brake pads reduce fade and improve high-speed braking efficiency, while suspension adjustments for 2020 include updated dampers for improved ride comfort, stiffer rear bushings for better grip, and modifications to the front suspension and steering. Additionally, the grille has been redesigned to allow better engine cooling.
Inside, the 2020 Civic Type R is equipped with a new steering wheel wrapped in Alcantara, as well a new shifter with a restyled knob and shorter shift throws.
Under the hood, the 2020 Civic Type R is powered by a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft. of torque, which sends power to the front wheels through a six-speed manual transmission and limited-slip differential. Three driving modes are available: Comfort, Sport and +R that adjust the suspension, steering and throttle response. Active Sound Control has also been added as part of the 2020 update, which modifies interior sound in accordance to the driving mode.
Pricing and availability for the 2020 Honda Civic Type R will be announced closer to the on-sale date this winter. At the 2020 Chicago Auto Show, a Honda spokesperson confirmed to us the 2020 Civic Type R will get a price bump, but "don't expect any major increases."