2020 Honda Civic Type R hot hatch revealed

2020 Honda Civic Type R hot hatch revealed

The aggressive model brings new styling and performance upgrades.

Honda has provided a first look at its updated Civic Type R hot hatch.

Set to arrive later this year, the model benefits from a number of tweaks introduced to the standard Civic hatchback last year – including a revised front end and changes to the infotainment.

However, with the Type R already being regarded as one of the best hot hatches in the business, Honda has implemented a number of performance upgrades. Perhaps the biggest of these is the suspension, which now has updated dampers that claim to offer improved comfort, better grip and improved steering feel.

Honda has also added new brake pads and rotors to improve high-speed stopping power, as well as a larger front grille for better engine cooling.

On the inside, Honda has looked to improve comfort with an Alcantara steering wheel and a restyled gear knob, along with additional safety kit to bring it up to speed with the rest of the Civic range. A flashy new Boost Blue paint job, which is exclusive to the Type R, has also been introduced.

The important 302bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine remains unchanged, with that power being sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox.

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The model has been unveiled at the Tokyo Auto Salon, and while pricing is yet to be announced, a slight increase over the current car’s £31,870 list price is expected.

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