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2020 Honda Civic Type R First Look

  • Comprehensive update to Honda’s hottest hatch
  • Adds Honda Sensing active-safety gear
  • Revised suspension, new brake components
  • New Active Sound Control
  • In dealerships this Spring
  • Pricing not yet announced, 2019 model starts at $37,255

The Honda Civic Type R sits at the very pinnacle of the sprawling Civic lineup of highly accomplished small cars. The 2020 Type R, which was unveiled at the Tokyo Auto Salon, sees a host of revisions inside and out that encompass both mechanical features and design cues.

As before, the new Civic Type R is offered exclusively as a 4-door hatchback. Power comes from the same 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four with Honda’s VTEC valvetrain technology. Output remains at 306 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 295 lb-ft of torque from 2,500 to 4,500 rpm. A true enthusiasts’ machine, the 2020 Civic Type R is available only with a 6-speed manual.

Updated chassis, brakes

Chassis tweaks to the 2020 Type R are said to enhance braking, improve ride, and make for sharper handling. The brakes utilize new 2-piece rotors and new pads that are more resistant to fade. Retuned dampers aid ride comfort, while stiffer rear bushings are fitted to improve response. Honda also claims to have removed friction from the steering system for better feel.

Drivers will experience that through a new Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, and they’ll stir a 6-speed shifter with shorter throws and topped by a restyled knob. A new Active Sound Control varies the engine note piped into the cabin based on which of the three drive modes—Comfort, Sport, and +R—is selected. Those drive modes also continue their previous functions altering throttle response, steering effort, and suspension firmness.

Honda Sensing now standard

The Honda Sensing bundle of active-safety features joins the 2020 Civic Type R standard-equipment list, and includes forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. The features were previously unavailable on the Type R.

Design-wise, the only giveaway that you’re looking at a 2020 version of the Civic Type R is the new larger grille opening. Oh, and there’s a new color: Boost Blue, which is exclusive to the Type R.

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The 2020 Honda Civic Type R will make its U.S. debut at the Chicago auto show in February. Expect to see it in dealerships within a couple of months. Pricing has not yet been announced, but the 2019 model starts at $37,255. With the 2020 Type R’s additional content, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the starting price climb a bit.

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