Honda Australia has confirmed the updated 2020 Civic Type R will officially go on sale on October 1 priced from $54,990 plus on-road costs.
For 2020, the Civic Type R gets subtle revisions to the exterior including a larger grille and body-coloured blades above the fog lights at the front, while the rear gets the same detail across the fake air vents.
The new and exclusive Boost Blue exterior paint joins the palette alongside Rally Red, Crystal Black and Championship White.
On the inside, there’s an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel and a new gear knob. Honda also says the shifter has been tweaked for shorter throws.
There’s also a revised 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with integrated climate controls, hard keys for commonly used functions and a dedicated volume control knob.
Active Sound Control (ASC) is also included which enhances the engine sound during aggressive driving in Sport and +R modes, while refining it further in Comfort mode.
Underneath, the dampers have been retuned for better comfort, friction has been reduced in the front suspension to improve the steering feel, the rear bushings are stiffer for greater handling, while new two-piece discs and updated pads will bring the Type R to a stop.
Honda claims the new front brake system reduces total unsprung weight by around 2.3kg to aid both ride and handling characteristics.
The new grille is said to improve engine cooling thanks to a 13 per cent larger air intake opening. Combined with an updated radiator core, this decreases coolant temperature by up to 10 degrees when the Type R is being worked hard.
After being revealed on the Limited Edition model, the updated Type R will get the brand’s new performance datalogger, dubbed Honda LogR. The system combines the Type R’s onboard computer and sensors with a smartphone app to help drivers monitor and record a variety of performance parameters.
The Honda sensing suite of driver-assistive technologies is standard and includes autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning, road departure mitigation, lane departure warning, lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control.
Power will continue to come from the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine which produces 228kW and 400Nm. Drive is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual and a limited-slip differential.
The updated Civic Type R officially goes on sale in Australia on October 1 priced from $54,990 plus on-road costs.
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