The New Civic Type R Range:
Our Sportiest Civics Yet

Honda is expanding its Civic Type R range with the addition of two new variants, Limited Edition and Sport Line. Building on the dynamic performance capabilities of the standard Type R GT, the new models each offer a different style and performance proposition, further broadening the appeal of Honda's award-winning hatchback.

2020 Civic Type R range


All models in the newly expanded 2020 Honda Civic Type R line-up, including the existing Type R GT, receive a number of styling enhancements.

HONDA CIVIC TYPE R LINE-UP

The front bumper has been revised with a smoother design, while the lower fog light surrounds feature a new symmetrical design incorporating smooth surfaces and sleek styling blades.

Redesigned full LED headlight clusters and daytime running lights complete the cleaner styling direction that features across the Civic range, with a new larger air intake and thinner grille beam that deliver a 13% larger opening.

In a testament to our Type R engineers’ attention to detail, a small reduction in front downforce resulting from the new larger grille opening was countered by a redesigned front under-bumper air dam, which is now deeper and includes new ribbed sections on each end to divert air back onto the spoiler.

The suspension for the 2020 Civic Type R has also been updated for more responsive handling, resulting in sharper steering and better cornering.

For improved brake performance, the updated Civic Type R now features an upgraded braking system of two-piece floating front brake discs and new brake pads to improve thermal efficiency and reduce brake fade during high intensity driving.

Inside the vehicle, you’ll find enhanced usability of the infotainment and climate controls for all Civic models by adding physical buttons and dials.

The addition of a new Alcantara®-wrapped steering wheel improves grip, while a new teardrop style gear knob, similar to previous Type R models, has been introduced.

Also new for the 2020 model year is the addition of Active Sound Control (ASC) which features individual settings for Type R’s Sport, +R and Comfort driving modes.

It works through the audio system’s speakers to enhance the engine sound during aggressive driving in Sport and +R modes and refines it in Comfort mode during acceleration.

Inside the vehicle, you’ll find enhanced usability of the infotainment and climate controls for all Civic models by adding physical buttons and dials.

The addition of a new Alcantara® -wrapped steering wheel improves grip, whilst a new teardrop style gear knob, similar to previous Type R models, has been introduced.

Also new for the 2020 model year is the addition of Active Sound Control (ASC) which features individual settings for Type R’s Sport, +R and Comfort driving modes.

It works through the audio system’s speakers to enhance the engine sound during aggressive driving in Sport and +R modes and refines it in Comfort mode during acceleration.

Honda Civic Type R Sport Line:
bridging the gap

Further expanding the Civic Type R line-up for 2020 is the Civic Type R Sport Line, which retains the sporting pedigree and outstanding driving dynamics of the Civic Type R, but with more discreet styling and a more refined ride.

The Civic Type R Sport Line’s most notable departure from the distinctive styling of the regular Civic Type R is a low-deck rear spoiler instead of the high-level wing, giving a subtler silhouette to the car.

The Sport Line is also distinguished by a grey accent line which runs along the lower edge of the car.

It delivers a more compliant and refined driving experience than its more extreme siblings. New exclusive dark grey 19-inch alloy wheels are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sports 4S tyres with a softer sidewall that enhance on-road comfort, with noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) further improved by additional soundproofing materials in the boot and tailgate.

The interior of the new Type R Sport Line retains a performance-focused appeal with a more subtle ambience. Black bucket seats with red stitching are complemented by the red stitching that is continued throughout the interior, including its door panels, to reflect Honda’s sporting heritage.

As with the standard Civic Type R, the new Sport Line is equipped with a range of comfort and safety features. The new variant also retains the seven-inch infotainment system, which incorporates DAB radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Adding to the range of colour options, the 2020 Civic Type R GT and Sport Line will be available in a bold new paint finish, Racing Blue.

Further expanding the Civic Type R line-up for 2020 is the Civic Type R Sport Line, which retains the sporting pedigree and outstanding driving dynamics of the Civic Type R, but with more discreet styling and a more refined ride.

The Civic Type R Sport Line’s most notable departure from the distinctive styling of the regular Civic Type R is a low-deck rear spoiler instead of the high-level wing, giving a subtler silhouette to the car.

The Sport Line is also distinguished by a grey accent line which runs along the lower edge of the car.

It delivers a more compliant and refined driving experience than its more extreme siblings. New exclusive dark grey 19-inch alloy wheels are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sports 4S tyres with a softer sidewall that enhance on-road comfort, with noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) further improved by additional soundproofing materials in the boot and tailgate.

The interior of the new Type R Sport Line retains a performance-focused appeal with a more subtle ambience. Black bucket seats with red stitching are complemented by the red stitching that is continued throughout the interior, including its door panels, to reflect Honda’s sporting heritage.

As with the standard Civic Type R, the new Sport Line is equipped with a range of comfort and safety features. The new variant also retains the seven-inch infotainment system, which incorporates DAB radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Adding to the range of colour options, the 2020 Civic Type R GT and Sport Line will be available in a bold new paint finish, Racing Blue.

The Type R Limited Edition: from the racetrack to the road

Developed with track performance as its core focus, the new Civic Type R Limited Edition has been designed and engineered to be the most dynamic front-wheel drive hatchback available.

With new lightweight components, a stripped-back, driver-focused interior and stand-out styling, this is the most extreme version of the iconic Civic Type R ever made.

With only 100 of these cars intended for Europe, just 20 will be officially landing on UK shores. And, before customers could even see the car, Honda UK has already completely sold out of the Type R Limited Edition, making it set to be one of the rarest cars on the road in 2020.

The Limited Edition features lightweight flow-formed 20” forged BBS alloy wheels with Michelin Cup 2 tyres, which are designed for high-speed track driving but still deliver exceptional on-road performance. Modified dampers optimise this new wheel and tyre combination and recalibration of the EPAS offers maximum control and feedback.

To reflect its extrovert nature, an exclusive new colour, ‘Sunlight Yellow’, has been introduced for the Civic Type R Limited Edition, along with a dark chrome Civic badge on the back. With the addition of contrasting gloss black paint on the roof, wing mirrors and intake vent on the bonnet, the bold colour scheme reflects Honda’s sporting heritage and ensures the Limited Edition stands out as a unique proposition in the performance hatchback segment. 

The Civic Type R Limited Edition’s interior echoes our sporting bloodline. Featuring the iconic red bucket seats, each model features a plaque marking the build number of the car.

Continuing its track-focused nature, the infotainment and air conditioning systems are omitted to save weight. Additional weight is saved by reducing sound-deadening materials in the roof, rear hatch panel, front bumper and dashboard. The Limited Edition Type R is 47kg lighter than a Type R in GT specification. Unlike other brands’ track-focused performance hatchbacks, the Limited Edition retains its rear seats and the everyday usability for which the Civic is famous for. 

The new Limited Edition model retains the Type R’s powerful 2.0-litre VTEC Turbo engine. Peak power output is 320PS at 6,500rpm while peak torque is 400Nm from 2,500rpm to 4,500rpm. It can also achieve 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds.

Developed with track performance as its core focus, the new Civic Type R Limited Edition has been designed and engineered to be the most dynamic front-wheel drive hatchback available.

With new lightweight components, a stripped-back, driver-focused interior and stand-out styling, this is the most extreme version of the iconic Civic Type R ever made.

With only 100 of these cars intended for Europe, just 20 will be officially landing on UK shores. And, before customers could even see the car, Honda UK has already completely sold out of the Type R Limited Edition, making it set to be one of the rarest cars on the road in 2020.

The Limited Edition features lightweight flow-formed 20” forged BBS alloy wheels with Michelin Cup 2 tyres, which are designed for high-speed track driving but still deliver exceptional on-road performance. Modified dampers optimise this new wheel and tyre combination and recalibration of the EPAS offers maximum control and feedback.

To reflect its extrovert nature, an exclusive new colour, ‘Sunlight Yellow’, has been introduced for the Civic Type R Limited Edition, along with a dark chrome Civic badge on the back. With the addition of contrasting gloss black paint on the roof, wing mirrors and intake vent on the bonnet, the bold colour scheme reflects Honda’s sporting heritage and ensures the Limited Edition stands out as a unique proposition in the performance hatchback segment. 

The Civic Type R Limited Edition’s interior echoes our sporting bloodline. Featuring the iconic red bucket seats, each model features a plaque marking the build number of the car.

Continuing its track-focused nature, the infotainment and air conditioning systems are omitted to save weight. Additional weight is saved by reducing sound-deadening materials in the roof, rear hatch panel, front bumper and dashboard. The Limited Edition Type R is 47kg lighter than a Type R in GT specification. Unlike other brands’ track-focused performance hatchbacks, the Limited Edition retains its rear seats and the everyday usability for which the Civic is famous for. 

The new Limited Edition model retains the Type R’s powerful 2.0-litre VTEC Turbo engine. Peak power output is 320PS at 6,500rpm while peak torque is 400Nm from 2,500rpm to 4,500rpm. It can also achieve 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds.

Introducing Honda LogR

Making its debut in the 2020 Civic Type R is a new performance datalogger, known as Honda LogR.

Exclusive to the Type R, the new system combines data from the onboard computer and sensors with a smartphone app to help drivers monitor and record a variety of performance parameters.

It also helps improve driving skill, both on and off the track, through the use of a driving-smoothness algorithm. With access to the Type R’s onboard computer, Honda LogR can deliver much more detail than third-party performance logging apps.

Honda LogR features three main functions: A Performance Monitor, a Log Mode and an Auto Score Mode. 

While driving, all interaction with Honda LogR is through the Display Audio screen. Log Mode and Auto Score both offer more in-depth analysis through the user’s smartphone, including previous drives, performance traces and replays using Google maps, and detailed vehicle information.

Performance Monitor

When connected to an app-equipped smartphone, the Type R’s centre screen displays a Performance Monitor, which allows the driver to see key vehicle functions in real time, including current gear, coolant and oil temperatures, oil and atmospheric pressures and engine intake air temperatures.

Drivers can also choose between a “G-Meter” view that indicates acceleration, braking and cornering on a “bowl” graph, or a “3D” view that provides a bird’s-eye visual of the car’s cornering, braking and acceleration behaviour.

Log Mode

Log Mode is designed to help drivers achieve the best possible lap times on the track. The program uses GPS to monitor and map the vehicle’s location and the car’s internal sensors to gather data on acceleration, braking, cornering G-force, and other parameters. The app encourages smooth, controlled driving through the use of a colour-coded trace of each lap.

The goal is to encourage smooth inputs to the clutch, gear shift, steering, brakes and accelerator to keeping the car balanced – improving overall driving skills, not just those required for a particular track. Users can save their lap times to compare their improvement over time.

Auto Score

The Auto Score function operates whenever the Honda LogR app is in use, monitoring the driver’s behaviour over time by tracking inputs for acceleration, deceleration, turning and straight-line driving – generating a score for each.

A combination score of those four parameters is generated against the same expert driver baseline that is built into the app and used in the Log Mode function. However, the Auto Score encourages smoothness of inputs to help improve routine daily driving, rather than seeking faster lap times. Similar to the Log Mode, Auto Score also keeps a historical record that ties in with the GPS function to show driving improvement over time.