LogR app is a first from Honda.
The Honda Civic Type R could have gone into 2020 without any changes and we'd still rate it as one of the best hot hatches around, but the automaker hasn't been complacent. Just two weeks ago, we reported on a host of upgrades for the 2020 Civic, from its freshened up styling to the addition of the standard Honda Sensing safety suite, along with suspension tweaks.
Now, Honda has revealed another intriguing extra on the updated hot hatch in the form of a bespoke app called Honda LogR and it sounds like just the thing to excite gearheads obsessed with stats and figures. Described as a "performance data-logging app," it's exclusive to the Type R.
The smartphone application links up with the Civic's onboard computer, gathering information about various performance parameters. On the track, the app's benefits are clear, allowing drivers to record lap times and other performance data.
The app isn't all about performance, though, as it has an Auto Score Mode that has been developed to help drivers improve their driving skills based on a smoothness algorithm that measures acceleration, steering, and braking inputs. A Performance Monitor and a Log Mode are the app's other major functions - you can even use maps to view replays. The app is supported by both Apple and Android devices.
The app's Performance Monitor includes information like atmospheric pressure, oil temperature, engine intake air temperature, and more. This data is then displayed and updated in real time on the seven-inch color screen fitted to the Type R. A particularly cool 3D view, meanwhile, provides a top view of the car's pitch and yaw, something that Honda says is akin to racing video game visuals. Let's just hope it's not so fascinating that drivers forget to keep their eyes on the road.
As we reported on recently, the Civic Type R's new Active Sound Control system uses the audio system's speakers to alter the engine's sound based on the chosen driving mode. Together with the new LogR app, it sounds like a more interactive experience than ever before, although we hope it isn't all too gimmicky. After all, the Type R - with that amazing six-speed manual - is all about pure driving thrills.
The 2020 Civic Type R will begin arriving at local dealers on February 28 and carries an MSRP of $36,995, excluding the manufacturer's destination charge of $995.