TOKYO: It's now 2020 and time for Honda to refresh their segment-topping hatch: the Civic Type R. The updated vehicle made its world debut late last week at the Tokyo Auto Salon here.
The interior, exterior, and inner workings of the model have been made up-to-date for the new decade.
In terms of performance, the model has been given a new set of two-piece brake rotors complemented by new brake pads. The suspension, too, has been modified and updated with ride-smoothing dampers.
The 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder remains the same as the previous iteration of the model, putting out 306hp and 400Nm of torque.
Drivers can choose between three driving modes that tailor the car's driving style to the driver's needs.
Design changes, though limited, are practical.
On the outside, a larger front grille allows for better engine cooling; on the inside, the steering wheel is wrapped in Alcantara, and the shift lever now has shorter distance to travel in order to shift between gears.
Honda Sensing now comes standard on the model which brings a collection of driver safety and assistant features to Type R owners.