Honda Civic Type R cops facelift for 2020

Published: 13 January 2020

► Facelifted Type R for 2020
► Even more Transformer-like
► Tweaks inside and out

The Honda Civic Type R is due for a facelift – and Honda’s just revealed the details. The most obvious change visually will be a smaller bar across the front grille to allow more space for the vent and therefore better engine cooling.

The side vents, which until now were mostly made of a solid plate which mimicked a grille, no longer pretend to be a full vent, instead making the real vent more visible and incorporating a small body-coloured ‘blade’ within its section of the bumper. The fog lamps retain their place within the grille’s outline section.

Inside you'll find a new wheel smothered in Alcantara, a cut-down gear stick – and weirdly new, synthetic engine noise pumped into the cabin. Not something we really felt the current model needed, if we're honest.

At the rear, the vent-lookalike panels also get a body-coloured blade-like feature through the space they occupy. There's a new paint colour too: called ‘Boost Blue’, the bright hue will be exclusive to Type R models.

The Type R’s drivetrain remains unchanged – a 301bhp, 295lb ft turbocharged four-cylinder – for now, but Honda says the facelifted car will also get updated dampers and stiffer rear bushings, with changes to the front suspension also expected to improve steering. New two-piece brake rotors and new brake pads are also on the cards. Top speed is still close to 170mph, and it'll do the 0-62mph sprint in 5.7 seconds.

Prices and a launch date are yet to be confirmed, but we'll update this article when we know more.