The 2020 Honda Civic Type R prototype has been spotted for the first time by spy photographers in the company’s internal testing at the Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit. Basically, the full-camouflage new Civic Type R which is undergoing testing at the Nürburgring is a facelifted version of the current Honda Civic Type R, which has been introduced since 2017.
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Some fundamental changes and design revisions can be seen on the 2020 Civic Type R, even though the car was covered in full camouflage when undergoing testing. Carbon fiber material is clearly visible in the hood intake and roof of the prototype car wrapped in yellow. This indicates that Honda will most likely offer a lightweight body panels with carbon fiber material on the new Civic Type R in the future. In addition, another change in the facelifted Civic Type R is reflected in its exterior design which features a new front and rear fascia.
Although it’s too early to talk about release date, but the 2020 Honda Civic Type R is expected to be officially revealed later this year. While the price tag may not be much different from the current generation model which is priced at $36,595 and we hope that too. The facelifted Civic Type R will still be built at the Honda assembly plant in Swindon, England, until the end of 2020. However, this assembly plant will be officially closed by Honda in 2021 and the Civic hatchback production will be shifted from England to North America, where the Civic Type R will be built locally here at the North American Honda assembly plant.
According to MotorAuthority, Honda is likely to be considering a more powerful and smoother grand touring like the Civic Type R. Honda Civic chief engineer, Hideki Matsumoto, revealed that a more powerful car with an all-wheel drive setup is likely to come to challenge the Volkswagen Golf R and Subaru WRX STI. Although this is uncertain, but Honda promises to add several new cars shortly after the 2020 Civic Type R was released to the market.
Another version of Type R with lower prices and less power is expected to come in the future. Because Honda tried to keep their sales volume stable during the Civic life cycle.
The current 2019 Honda Civic Type R is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine fitted to a six-speed manual transmission that can produce 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Even though it’s based on a front-wheel drive configuration, the Civic Type R remains comfortable to drive every day and still able to compete on the race track.