Only 600 units of the track-focused hatch will make it to the US.
Civic Type R fans, rejoice. As if Honda's front-wheel-drive hatchback wasn't manic enough, the automaker has confirmed that a street-legal, track-focused version of the Civic Type R called the Limited Edition will be coming Stateside later this year. Only 600 units of the Limited Edition will be made available in the US (out of 1,000 units worldwide) but they'll each be hard to miss, painted in a retina-shattering Phoenix Yellow.
Honda supplied just two images of the Type R Limited Edition and, besides the striking paintwork, it's hard to miss those forged aluminum wheels. These lightweight alloys represent an 18-pound unsprung weight reduction over the regular Type R's wheels. It definitely looks the business and sets itself apart from the standard Type R, pictured below in blue.
A further 28 lbs have been shed thanks to Honda tossing some of the standard model's sound-deadening materials. The regular Type R is hardly a serene hatch, so the Limited Edition should be even more raucous. The rear wiper, rear heater ducts, and the tonneau cover have all also been binned. The yellow paint is contrasted with a gloss black roof and mirror caps, along with an angry intake vent sited on the hood.
With a lower weight, the Limited Edition should improve on the standard model's performance since it'll use the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder powerplant with 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft. That could mean a sub-five-second 0-60 mph time, although Honda hasn't provided performance figures.
What's for sure, though, is that the Limited Edition's uniquely tuned dampers, lighter weight, and retuned steering should make it an absolute blast to drive, further pushing the boundaries of what's possible with a front-wheel drivetrain. The same brilliant six-speed manual transmission and a standard limited-slip differential play their part, too.
The Limited Edition will be sold with an individually numbered serial plate and it's sure to become a collector's item. Pricing is unconfirmed but Honda says it'll be announced closer to the launch later in 2020. With the new Volkswagen Golf GTI not here yet and the Golf R even further away, the Civic Type R Limited Edition could very well be the current hot hatch king.