2020 Honda Civic Type R: Price, specs and release date

Iain Reid
January 10, 2020

The 2020 Honda Civic Type R has been revealed at the Tokyo Auto Salon. Here’s everything you need to know about this revamped hot hatch… 

  • Specs

    2.0-litre, turbocharged engine with 320hp

  • Price

    more than £32,000

  • Release date

    est. summer 2020

The revitalised Honda Civic Type R gets a number of styling updates. These are mainly restricted to the front end, which now has a slightly bigger grille to let more air in and cool the engine. Plus, the ‘Boost Blue’ paint colour you see above is new and exclusive to the 2020 Type R.

Other changes include upgraded brakes that perfect the hatchback’s performance when slowing down from high speeds. There have also been tweaks to the suspension, improving comfort and grip when you’re going around corners.

New for 2020 is Active Sound Control. This modifies the engine and exhaust sound you hear in the car and changes depending on which of the three drive modes you’ve selected. The modes are the same as you’d find in the prior Civic Type R: Comfort, Sport and R+. These can alter the throttle response, the steering weight and the firmness of the suspension.

The new Civic Type R should come with a suite of safety tech, as well. This would include lane-keeping assist, traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking. The cabin should also get a redesigned gear knob and Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel.

The 2020 Civic Type R has a turbocharged, 2.0-litre engine, expected to remain unchanged from the current car. It will still have 320hp and deliver that power to the front wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox.

It’s likely that 2020 Honda Civic Type R will cost a bit more than the current model (which starts at £31,870) when it goes on sale later this year.

The current (and outgoing) incarnation of the Civic Type R

Essential info on the Honda Civic Type R

The Honda Civic Type R is one of the best hot hatchbacks you can buy. Its in-your-face styling might not be to everyone’s taste, but it’s incredibly fast and fun to drive. Unlike some alternatives – such as the four-wheel-drive Volkswagen Golf R (which is also about to be replaced) – the Civic Type R is front-wheel drive. That means the Honda isn’t quite as quick off the line as some of its peers, but it’s a hoot to drive down a twisty road.  

Despite its loud looks and swift performance, the Civic Type R is practical enough to use on your everyday commute. Keep it in Comfort mode and it’s fine for driving around town. Plus, it has a decently-sized boot and the kids should have enough space in the back.

If the Civic Type R sounds like the hot hatch for you, and you don’t want to wait for the updated car, check out the latest Honda Civic Type R deals on carwow to see how much you could save.

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