The upcoming 2020 Honda Civic Type R may easily become one of the company’s greatest achievements. The new model delivers excellent performance, thanks to a powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, and rev-matching 6-speed manual transmission. Also, new Civic Type R will include the best suspension setup, since S2000 roadster. This vehicle is based on the Civic hatchback and applies structural adhesives, for better rigidity and special front suspension.
The suspension helps to solve the unwanted torque steer issue. Furthermore, the Type R delivers a visually stunning design, that is also very efficient. The company claims that this particular styling increases downforce and helps with traction. The 2020 Honda Civic Type R is a really incredible model, with impressive power, handing, and unique style.
There are a lot of new exciting things on the exterior of 2020 Honda Civic Type R. The new model will introduce some of fresh design elements and a slightly remodeled fascia. But don’t worry, the company claims that these changes will only improve the aerodynamics of the vehicle. Therefore, the new Civic Type R gets roofline nubs, deep front/side extensions, massive wing, and a couple more interesting shapes.
For example, the wing is designed to create downforce at speed, helping with cornering. Moreover, the winglets at the edge of the front bumper and skirts help guide air around the wheels and reduce the drag. Also, the vents on the front bumper cool the brakes and the vent on the bonnet cools the turbo. Although these features may not be the prettiest thing out there, they surely are very efficient and eye-catching.
The interior of the upcoming 2020 Honda Civic Type R won’t turn away drastically from the regular Civic model. So, you can expect extensive cargo space, comfortable and supportive rear seats, and a good amount of high-quality materials. However, a unique feature for the Type R version is a red-stitched Alcantara trim on the center console and doors. Also, this trim surrounds the vents and a couple of other areas.
The most noticeable thing in the whole cabin is the bright red letter H on the steering wheel. Moreover, the signature elements of Type R like key fob and the aluminum shifter are included as well. The manually adjusted sport seats provide excellent comfort and offer up stiff side bolters. But, there could be more of the lumbar support.
The standard equipment for 2020 Honda Civic Type R starts at the Touring level and includes 7-inch touchscreen infotainment with navigation. Moreover, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity, a 12-speaker premium audio system, USB input, Bluetooth phone/audio compatibility are available as well. Of course, you’ll find power-adjustment settings for almost every part of the interior, cruise control, and dual-zone climate control. Also, the cabin offers exclusive features like the heavily bolstered front seats, the drive-mode that includes track-ready +R mode, and gauge-cluster that changes with drive mode.
On top of that, you’ll get a lap timer, and racing redline-warning light. Pretty cool, right? As for the options, you can pick a color and a couple of dealer-installed accessories. Our suggestion is the Champion White color option. With this paint, the black panels and other design elements really pop up and make the vehicle even more visually stunning.
Not to mention that this color goes way back, to Honda’s F1 days in the 1960s. That’s right, it’s the same color used in the company’s Formula 1 debut. Other color options are Rallye Red, Aegean Blue Metalic, Crystal Black Pearl, Polished Metal Metallic, and Sonic Gray Pearl.
2020 Honda Civic Type R Specs
Under the bonnet of forthcoming 2020 Honda Civic Type R will be a 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder engine. This unit can develop 306 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The only gearbox option will be the slick-shifting 6-speed manual with driver-selectable rev-matching. This transmission sends power to the front wheels, through a helical limited-slip differential.
But, with so much power on the front wheels, torque steer may be an issue. However, for Type R company employs the vehicle’s unique front suspension and steering linkage to reduce the problem. Furthermore, fuel-economy numbers are 22/28 mpg and the top speed is 169 mph.
Three-Mode Driving System
The 2020 Civic Type R will offer 3-mode system. In Sport Mode, the dampers are very rigid, for flat cornering. The Electric Power Steering provides a direct, more linear feel, and drive-by-wire throttle response is powerful and straightforward. Moreover, the rev-match system makes fro seamless downshifts, and both VSA/traction control function are fully involved.
Furthermore, when the driver engages the Comfort button, the dampers soften up to provide a comfortable, flexible ride. The Electric Power Steering (EPS) lightens up the necessary effort for easier turning and the throttle response is more refined and less hasty. The rev-match, VSA, and traction-control features stay the same.
With the +R mode, it’s all about showing the full capacity of the vehicle. The dampers are much more firm for flat, precision handling, and the EPS tightens up to provide maximum road feel via the steering wheel. Also, the throttle response matches the directness of the Sport Mode. The rev-match system increases the responsiveness for even faster down-shifting, and the VSA and traction control can be switched off.
2020 Honda Civic Type R Release Date and Price
The MSRP od arriving 2020 Honda Civic Type R starts around $37,000. That price includes $900 of destination charge. The Civic Type R is a one-of-a-kind vehicle since it doesn’t really have direct competition.
The main rivals like Volkswagen Golf R and the Subaru WRX STI are all all-wheel-drive models, more powerful, and especially in the Golf R case – more expensive. The Volkswagen model starts t $40,000 mark. The release date is scheduled for the end of the following year.