Perhaps the most notable modification will be to the suspension, with Honda saying updated dampers will improve comfort, stiffer rear bushings will increase grip and changes to the front suspension will heighten steering feel. New two-piece rotors and different brake pads are meant to improve high-speed braking and reduce fade.
If dropped into the Civic Type R 2020, a new steering wheel wrapped in the industry's favorite high-performance material, Alcantara, will be revealed. The 6-speed manual transmission has shorter throws between gears and a new shift knob.
According to Honda's press release, the new CivicType R is redesigned for added refinement, and this is evident in the interior. In the United States, the Honda Sensing array of safety and driver assistance systems will come as standard, making the 2020 model year the first time Honda Sensing is offered as standard equipment across the entire Civic lineup.
The Type R will keep its same basic specs from prior model years, which are a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. That will be around next winter, the automaker said.