The Civic Type R is one of those cars that many people love dearly and others don’t like much at all. I drove a Civic Type R when it first came out. It was at an event, and I found it to be a wonderful front-wheel-drive sports car. The vehicle was quick and precise, and I liked the exhaust note. Now Honda has some updates to the car and will bring them to the U.S. market later this year.
The new car was presented at the 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon. The updates to the car should help with some of the overheating complaints that were out there. The car will get a larger grille and improved engine cooling. The Type R will also get a Boost Blue exterior color that’s exclusive to the specific model.
Inside the car, Alcantara will be on the steering wheel and a new gear knob with a shorter throw is installed. In an unfortunate turn, Honda chose to pipe in fake engine noise. In a positive turn of events, Honda chose to add Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver assistance features.
Additional updates include a modified front suspension that includes new dampers. All of this should make the car run smoother and steer with improved feel. The 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine does not change. It still puts out 306 hp and 295 lb-ft. A manual transmission and limited-slip differential are standard on the Type R.
The price of this new car will sit at $36,300. The car will be on sale before winter ends.