Honda Civic Type R 2020 model year officially presented

Darnell Taylor
January 12, 2020

Yes, the updated version of the Japanese vehicle manufacturer's immensely popular hot hatch has been revealed at the 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon.

The only other exterior change is the availability of Boost Blue paint, which is exclusive to the Type R. The front grille has been opened up a bit for better cooling, too. For example, the Type R supposedly has better steering feel, tweaked dampers for a smoother ride and enhanced grip with stiffer rear bushings.

Stopping power has also been improved, with the 2020 model gaining new two-piece brake discs and brake pads created to reduce fade and perform better at high speeds.

If dropped into the Civic Type R 2020, a new steering wheel wrapped in the industry's favorite high-performance material, Alcantara, will be revealed.

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Honda is treating this debut as more of a teaser than an outright reveal, so there's still no official word on what technological changes have been made to the auto, but according to, Honda director Kimiyoshi Teratani revealed at the Tokyo show that the car's cooling system has been improved, although there is no word on whether the outputs have increased. However, the facelifted model also gets a system that alters the interior sound based on the drive mode.

Powering the 2020 Civic Type R will be the same 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder VTEC petrol engine that puts out a maximum power output of 306 hp, and a 400 Nm peak torque. Honda's new "Sensing" driver assistance package is now equipped as standard, bringing aids like lane-keeping assistance, traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking. Paired with a six-speed manual transmission, it accelerates the Civic Type R from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.7 seconds.

It also retains three drive modes that let the driver choose different driving experiences, from comfort- to performance-focused.

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