Honda expands the Civic Type R range with the addition of Limited Edition and Sport line variants
After unveiling the refreshed Civic Type R GT for 2020, Honda is expanding its hot hatch line-up with the addition of two new variants – the track-focused Limited Edition and the more discreet Sport Line. Both versions retain the redesigned bumpers, new grille and full-LED headlights of the facelifted Civic Type R GT, together with the mechanical updates.
Starting with the Civic Type R Limited Edition, Honda describes it as “the purest expression of Type R to date”, featuring “new lightweight components, stripped-back interior, enhanced driving dynamics and stand-out styling”. The car is 47 kg lighter than the regular Civic Type R GT, while it comes with modified dampers and recalibrated steering for “maximum control and feedback”.
Visually, the Limited Edition is distinguished by the lightweight forged 20″ BBS wheels shod in Michelin Cup 2 tyres, and the exclusive “Sunlight Yellow” exterior shade combined with dark chrome badge and gloss black paint on the roof, grille, mirrors and intake vent.
Inside we find red bucket seats, red Alcantara steering wheel, teardrop style gear knob and a numbered plaque on the centre console. Both the infotainment and the air conditioning systems are omitted in order to save weight, together with reduced sound-deadening materials in the roof, rear hatch panel, front bumper and dashboard. Honda proudly states that the lower weight is achieved without sacrificing the rear seats and the everyday usability – obviously referring to the rival Renault Megane IV RS Trophy-R.
Just like the rest of the facelifted Civic range, the Limited edition also comes with the Honda SENSING suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies including Collision Mitigation Braking System with Forward Collision Warning, Road Departure Mitigation with Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, and Adaptive Cruise Control.
There are no changes under the bonnet, with the 2.0-litre VTEC Turbo engine producing 320PS at 6,500rpm and 400Nm from 2,500rpm to 4,500rpm, offering a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 5,7″.
The Civic Type R Limited Edition will be limited to 100 units for Europe and 600 units for the US, while if you live in Australia you can submit your expression of interest through the official website by pressing here.
The second variant is the Civic Type R Sport Line which brings a more subtle look and a more refined ride. Visually the Sport Line disses the rear wing for a more discreet low-deck rear spoiler, while the accents on the splitter, side sills and diffuser are now grey instead of red.
The 19″ wheels finished in dark grey are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sports 4S tyres with a softer sidewall that enhance on-road comfort, with noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) further improved by additional soundproofing materials in the boot and tailgate.
Inside, we find black bucket seats with red stitching, a new teardrop style gear knob and Alcantara steering wheel, while this version retains the 7″ touch screen infotainment system with DAB radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support.
Besides the new variants, Honda introduced the LogR system which “combines the Type R’s onboard computer and sensors with a smartphone app to help drivers monitor and record a variety of performance parameters”. The Honda LogR features three main functions – a Performance Monitor (showcases vehicle functions in real-time on the infotainment screen, including gear position, coolant and oil temperatures, oil and atmospheric pressures and engine intake air temperatures.), a Log Mode (records lap times gathering data on acceleration, braking, cornering G and other parameters) and an Auto Score Mode (encourages smooth day-to-day driving).
In Europe, sales for the facelifted Civic Type R GT and the Civic Type R Sport Line start in Spring, while the Civic Type R Limited Edition will follow during the European summer. In Australia, we expect the track-ready hot hatch to arrive in early 2021.