The Honda Civic Type R has been given the mildest of updates.
To be fair, the Honda Civic Type R didn't need much updating as its already pretty much the best hot hatch out there, despite what social media suggests. There's so much to like, a rorty turbo engine, sublime handling and outrageous looks. The best part? There's a generous boot and it's comfortable enough to be driven as a daily.
For 2020, Honda has given the Civic Type R a larger grille which is said to aid engine cooling and this funky new Boost Blue paint job. The cabin gets an Alcantara steering wheel as well as a new gear level with shorter shift throws. There's an Active Sound Control unit which has been added for additional aural effects too.
Under the skin, Honda has tweaked the front suspension, improved the steering wheel and enhanced the dampers for a smoother ride. There's enhanced grip with stiffer rear bushings. The 2.0-litre turbo 4-pot is unchanged and still produces 228 kW and 400 Nm. Power goes to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox and a limited-slip differential.
Like we said, there's not much that needed to be done as the Civic Type R is one very polished offering.