New tech and paint colors make the 306-hp hot hatch even better.
Honda could have called it a day by forgoing any significant updates with its latest generation Civic Type R hot hatchback following its 2017 arrival. But engineers never stop tinkering by finding new ways to improve their creations, hence the facelifted 2020 Honda Civic Type R. Revealed earlier this year, the updated 2020 Type R now features revised styling, improved handling and braking, better engine cooling, and the Honda Sensing safety suite and driver-assist technology as standard equipment.
At first, it might be hard to visibly distinguish what's new for 2020, so Honda has just released this new video explaining things in greater detail. Visual learning is always better. Not only does the video explain in greater detail what's new, but also provides a brief look back at earlier Type Rs and the evolution the model has gone through since the first one debuted way back in 1997.
Of course, this generation is the first one to make it to America's shores and, hopefully, won't be the last. For the new model year, Honda explains engineers focused on improving overall driving dynamics, such as by adding new two-piece brake rotors and brake pads in order to reduce fade and upgrade high-speed braking efficiency. Various suspension adjustments include updated dampers, stiffer rear bushings, and some front suspension and steering changes. Small details such as tweaking the grille's design were also done, in this case to improve engine cooling.
Inside, occupants will find the steering wheel is now wrapped in grippy Alcantara and a new restyled shift knob.
Under the hood, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder remains unchanged, producing 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Active Sound Control, which adjusts interior sound based on the current driving mode, is also new this year. Even with all of these solid updates, Honda tells us not to expect any drastic price changes, meaning last year's $36,300 starting price won't radically increase.