The Civic Type R also gains a fresh suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies (for the USA market, anyway). No details, so all the below are our observations.
A closer look also reveals that the tip of the hood extends a bit into the upper grille, but cooling should not be an issue given the much larger lower grille. On the outside, there's a new Type R-exclusive paint job called Boost Blue.
Honda has installed newly developed two-piece brake rotors and updated brake pads created to reduce fade and boost the stopping power at high speeds.
There are changes underneath as well, with the Type R's suspension being retuned for enhanced ride comfort, reduced friction and improved steering feedback.
Inside, the steering wheel has been newly trimmed in Alcantara, while a restyled gearlever offers shorter shifts than in the current vehicle. And although it is hard to believe that pocket rocket changes could be shorter, a new gear lever with a redesigned knob is present for shorter launches, Honda promised. However, the facelifted model also gets a system that alters the interior sound based on the drive mode.
The twenty-first century "human-centred supercar" marries timeless sports vehicle values with next-generation advanced sports hybrid power technologies, according to Honda.
Apparently, the 2020 model year marks the first time Honda Sensing is standard across the entire Civic lineup.
We will get more information about the Civic Type R 2020 as we approach its sale date here in the US. UU.
The only available engine remains unchanged, but this is perhaps not too bad, considering that it is a 2.0-liter TSI rated at 320 hp (239 kW) and 400 Nm (295 of torque). That will be around next winter, the automaker said.