Time stands still for no hot hatchback, and that goes double for class leaders such as the FK8 Honda Civic Type R. since we first drove this next-generation Type R in 2017, it has been collecting international awards like they’ve been going out of fashion. A 2020 model refresh now takes this car into a new decade.
Presented in this vivid shade, Boost Blue will now be offered on all new Type Rs going forward. If Subaru owners thought the bonnet scoop was a bit too close to home, this paintwork is sure to put a few noses out of joint. But in true rebellious Type R fashion, Honda cares not.
There are some modifications to the front bumper to aid with cooling, but largely the aggressive bodywork remains the same.
The biggest changes comes in the form of suspension tuning with this new setup affording a slightly more compliant ride. Its steering is said to more responsive than before and new rear bushings provide better high-speed stability. This Type R also receives new two-piece brakes that are designed to reduce fade when out on track for extended periods of time – it is also claimed that they are enhanced to offer a stronger bite at higher speeds.
The Type R has also had some attention afforded to the cabin. An Alcantara steering wheel replaces the old leather one, and a redesigned manual gear leaver claims to deliver even shorter precision throws.
Honda engineers have left the car’s 2.0-litre turbocharged VTEC engine as is, meaning that the car’s output remains at 316bhp and 295lb ft for European models, with US models having slightly less due to their engine mapping. In short, European cars are turned for 98 Ron fuel, whereas US spec models are setup for 95 Ron.
Pricing has yet to be announced for the new Type R, but expect there to be a small increase over its current sticker price.