2020 HONDA CIVIC TYPE R MAKES ITS U.S. DEBUT DURING THE CHICAGO AUTO SHOW MEDIA PREVIEW
Honda unveiled the 2020 Civic Type R during the 2020 Chicago Auto Show Media Preview on Feb. 6. In its new Boost Blue exterior, the Civic Type R offers numerous improvements to Type R's winning formula including revised styling, improved handling and braking, better engine cooling and the addition of standard Honda Sensing safety and driver-assistive technologies.
Gary Robinson, division head, product planning, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. noted, "The Civic Type R is one of the most exciting cars in our lineup, and the timing worked out great to introduce it in Chicago as this is the best Honda market in the country so it was a perfect place for us to bring it."
Headlining the changes to the 2020 Civic Type R are numerous improvements to its world-beating driving dynamics. Suspension revisions for 2020 include updated dampers for improved ride comfort, stiffer rear bushings for better grip, and revisions to the front suspension and steering for better steering feel. Additionally, the grille has been redesigned to allow better engine cooling under high demand.
Inside, the 2020 Civic Type R will feature additional refinement that includes a new Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel and a new shifter with a restyled knob and shorter shift throws. Every 2020 Civic Type R will be equipped with the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies making it standard equipment on all Civic models and trims once the 2020 Type R goes on sale.
Under the hood, the 2020 Civic Type R draws power from a race-bred 2.0-liter direct-injected and turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with VTEC valvetrain putting out a peak 306 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque (both SAE net), with power to the front wheels delivered through a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission and limited-slip differential. As before, drivers can choose between three driving modes - Comfort, Sport and +R - that vary suspension firmness, steering and throttle response.
New for 2020 is Active Sound Control, which modifies interior sound in tandem with the chosen drive mode.
Additional information about the 2020 Civic Type R, including pricing and all specifications, will be available when it goes on sale later this winter.
For more information on the 2020 Chicago Auto Show, visit www.ChicagoAutoShow.com. For high resolution photos and b-roll, visit www.ChicagoAutoShow.com/media/online-newsroom-gallery.
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