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New Honda Civic Type R facelift: limited edition version sells out in UK

All 20 examples of the Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition destined for the UK market have been sold, priced at £39,995 each

Honda has confirmed that the new Civic Type R Limited Edition is now sold out in Britain. Production was limited to 100 units globally – and just 20 examples were allocated for the UK market, priced at £39,995 each. The standard-issue 2020 Honda Civic Type R range will go on sale shortly, with pricing set to be announced in the coming weeks.

For its brief period on sale, the Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition was the fastest version of the Japanese brand’s flagship performance hatchback. Like the Renault Megane Trophy R, it achieves its performance gains not by adding power, but by saving weight.

Honda ditched the standard car’s air conditioning and infotainment systems, then removed the sound deadening from the Type R’s roof lining, rear hatch, front bumper and dashboard. Combined with new forged 20-inch BBS wheels, (which save 2.5kg per corner), the Limited Edition’s diet results in a 47kg weight loss compared with the Type R GT.

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The Civic’s adaptive dampers and electric power steering system were also recalibrated, to take advantage of the car’s reduced unsprung mass and grippy Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tyres. However, the upgrades haven’t affected the Type R’s 0–62mph much, with Honda claiming the same time of 5.7 seconds.

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Cosmetically, it’s set apart from other Civics most obviously by the bright Sunlight Yellow paint finish – a nod to the likes of the first Civic and Integra Type R models. The look is completed by a black roof, door mirrors and central bonnet vent. Each model also comes with a numbered plaque behind the gear shifter to mark its place in the build series.

New 2020 Civic Type R facelift: standard specs

The standard-issue facelifted Honda Civic Type R and Type R GT will go on sale in the UK in the second half of the year. For 2020, Honda has outfitted its range-topping hot hatch with a range of cosmetic and mechanical and upgrades, as well as two new variants that are set to take one of our favourite hot hatches in both more extreme and understated directions.

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Exterior styling revisions are conservative, stretching to a new Type R-exclusive Boost Blue paint finish, a pair of more neatly integrated fog lamps and a larger radiator grille, which Honda says offers better engine cooling. Inside, buyers get a fresh Alcantara-trimmed steering wheel and a teardrop-shaped gear knob fitted with a new short-throw shifter.

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The chassis revisions are more significant. The 2020 Civic Type R will come with updated dampers, stiffer bushings for the rear subframe, tweaked front suspension geometry and fresh two-piece brake discs with new brake pads, both of which have been designed to reduce brake fade and improve braking performance.

The engine’s stats are unchanged from the previous model. That means 316bhp and 400Nm from a 2.0-litre turbocharged unit, which sends its power to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox. However, this time around, Honda has equipped the Civic Type R with a sound augmentation system which pipes engine noise into the cabin through the speakers.

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Honda’s suite of advanced driver assistance technology is now standard across the Civic Type R range, adding a blind-spot monitoring system and rear cross-traffic alert system to the car’s existing lane-keeping assist, forward collision warning, active safety braking and adaptive cruise control systems.

Finally on the technology front, Honda has introduced a new data-logging smartphone app. Called LogR, the app lets owners log performance functions like G-force, speed and oil and water temperatures, as well as recording lap times and giving scores for acceleration and braking.

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Honda has also answered criticisms from some circles that the Civic Type R’s styling might be a little too overbearing for some, with the introduction of a new Sport Line trim. The most significant change is at the back, where the huge rear wing is swapped for a much more subtle spoiler. The regular red strip around the lower edge of the bumpers and side sills is now finished in dark grey, which is matched by the 19-inch alloy wheels. Inside, the usual red seats are swapped out for black items which feature contrasting red stitching. 

Not only does it look more subtle, but it’s also set to be more refined. Honda has added extra soundproofing under the boot and in the tailgate, while the floor carpet is thicker than in other versions. The Sport Line’s wheels are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tyres and their thicker, softer sidewalls should result in a slightly more forgiving ride.

Sales for the revised Civic Type R are expected to begin during the second half of 2020 – although prices are still yet to be confirmed. However, we expect the Type R and GT’s price shouldn’t vary drastically from their current respective figures of £31,870 and £33,870.

Do you prefer the look of the Honda Civic Type R Sport Line over the standard model? Let us know your thoughts below...

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