The Civic Type R races into the 2020 model year with a few changes, some more significant than others. It is one of the hot hatches that made its world debut at the 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon with a slew of performance enhancements to the engine cooling system, brakes, aerodynamics, and suspension.
Underneath the hood you’ll find the same turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine making 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-meters) of torque. Output is channeled to the front axle through a six-speed, close-ratio manual transmission and a limited-slip differential. As before, drivers will get to pick between three selectable modes (Comfort, Sport, +R) that change throttle and steering response as well as the firmness of the suspension.
The Honda Sensing group of active safety features also becomes standard throughout the Civic lineup. Honda didn’t say what’s included, but other Civics have forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warnings, adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and road departure mitigation that steers the car back into its lane if it’s about to leave the road.
The Type R has an MSRP of $36,300. The updated Civic Type R will launch before the end of the winter, with pricing to be announced in due course.