As If the Standard Civic Type R Wasn’t Enough, Meet the Type R Limited Edition

David S.
By David S. Wallens
Feb 27, 2020 | Honda, Honda Civic Type R

Honda recently announced the 2021 Type R Limited Edition, billing it as the ultimate track-focused, street-legal Type R. Only 600 copies will be sent stateside, and each one will wear Phoenix Yellow.

What makes these cars so special? Lightweight, forged BBS wheels, specially tuned dampers, recalibrated steering and 28 pounds of weight savings realized by ditching the rear wiper, tonneau cover, rear heater ducts and sound deadening materials. It’s 1997 all over again. Pricing to be announced later, Honda says. 

These cars will, obviously, incorporate the updates found on the 2020 Civic Type R, including updated suspension, two-piece rotors, larger grille opening and a refined aero package. 

Oh, and there’s a built-in data logger, too. 

Scroll down for the entire release regarding the updates to the entire Civic Type R line for 2020:

Like the 2020 Civic Hatchback on which it’s based, the 2020 Civic Type R receives updates to the front and rear bumpers with the addition of body-colored accents to the bumper cutouts. Additionally, Type R gets a new grille design with a 13-percent-larger opening that along with an updated radiator core delivers improved engine cooling in high-demand situations, such as track use, with a decrease in coolant temperature of up to 18° F in testing. In a testament to Type R engineers’ attention to detail, a small reduction in front downforce resulting from the new larger grille opening was countered by a redesigned front spoiler under the bumper, which was made slightly deeper on the left and right sides and modified to include new ribbed sections on each end to deflect air back onto the spoiler.

The suspension for the 2020 Civic Type R has also been updated for more responsive and sharper handling. The Adaptive Damper System’s control software now evaluates road conditions 10 times faster, resulting in improved damper reactions for both better handling response and ride quality. The rear bushings for the lower B-arm have been stiffened, resulting in better toe-in characteristics when cornering. In front, updated compliance bushings (10 percent stiffer longitudinally) and new lower-friction ball joints result in sharper steering feel for better control.

For improved brake performance with better fade resistance as well as reduced unsprung weight, the Type R’s single-piece front brake rotors are replaced by new two-piece rotors gripped by brake pads with a new more fade-resistant pad material. From the cockpit, the brake pedal benefits from a more immediate feel with approximately 17 percent less play before the brakes engage. In addition, the new front brake system reduces total unsprung weight by about 5 pounds (2.5 lbs. at each front wheel) to aid both ride and handling performance.

Inside, the 2020 Civic Type R gets a new Alcantara™-wrapped steering wheel, a new shift lever with a restyled knob and sueded shift boot. The new knob shape is reminiscent of previous Type R models, including the original 1997 Civic Type R. Part of the knob’s design is a 90g counterweight built inside, which helps improves shift feel and accuracy.

Also new for the 2020 model year is the addition of Active Sound Control (ASC).  Working through the audio system’s speakers, ASC is tuned to enhance engine sound in a natural way, during aggressive driving in all driving modes.

Debuting for the first time in any Honda automobile is a new performance datalogger, exclusive to Type R. Known as Honda LogR™, the new datalogger combines the Type R’s onboard computer and sensors with a smartphone app to help drivers monitor and record a variety of performance parameters when driving on the track or other closed courses. It’s also designed to help improve their driving skills through the use of a driving-smoothness algorithm developed with the help of professional Honda drivers. With exclusive access to the Type R’s onboard computer, Honda LogR can deliver much more detail than third-party performance logging apps.

Expected this spring, the LogR app is designed to work exclusively with the 2020 (and newer) Type R, for both iPhone® and Android™ users.

Honda LogR features three main functions: a Performance Monitor, a Log Mode, and Auto Score Mode. The Performance Monitor provides vehicle information to the driver on the Display Audio screen while the app is functioning. Log Mode records lap times on the track, allowing drivers to improve their driving skills. The Auto Score function encourages smooth driving by monitoring braking, acceleration and steering, and generating a score based on the smoothness algorithm.

While driving, all interaction with Honda LogR is through the Display Audio screen, but Log Mode and Auto Score both offer more in-depth analysis after driving when the phone is unplugged from the vehicle, including previous drives, performance traces and replays using maps, and detailed vehicle information.

Performance Monitor
When connected to the app-equipped smartphone, the Type R’s 7-inch center screen displays a Performance Monitor, which allows the driver to see vehicle functions in real time, including coolant and oil temperatures, oil and atmospheric pressures, engine intake air temperature, and gear position.

Drivers can also choose between a “G-Meter” view that indicates acceleration, braking, and cornering G-forces on a “bowl” graph, or a “3D” view that provides a bird’s-eye visual of the car’s pitch, roll and yaw, similar to what one might see in a high-end racing video game. Additionally, the Display Audio screen shows the current drive mode (Comfort, Sport or +R).

Log Mode
Log Mode is designed to help drivers achieve the best possible lap times on the track. The program uses GPS to monitor and map the vehicle’s location and the car’s internal sensors to gather data on acceleration, braking, cornering Gs, and other parameters. The app encourages smooth, controlled driving through the use of a color-coded trace of each lap, with green, yellow, and red colors indicating progression. The goal is to encourage smooth use of the clutch, shifter, steering, brakes and accelerator, keeping the car in balance, and thus improving overall driving skills, not just the skills required for a particular track. Users can save their lap times to compare their improvement over time.

Auto Score
The Auto Score function operates whenever the Honda LogR app is in use, monitoring the driver’s behavior over time by tracking inputs for acceleration, deceleration, and steering (cornering and straight driving), and generating a score for each. It also generates a combination score of those four parameters. The score is generated against the same pro-driver baseline that is built into the app and used in the Log Mode function. Similar to the Log Mode, Auto Score also keeps a historical record that ties in with the GPS function to show driving improvement over time.

Every 2020 Civic Type R will be equipped with the Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies, making the Honda Sensing® suite standard equipment on all Civic models and trims. Honda Sensing® on Type R includes Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) incorporating Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) incorporating Lane Departure Warning (LDW). Additionally, all Honda Civic models receive automatic high beams as part of their Honda Sensing® package.

The 2020 Honda Civic Type R also features a long list of standard active and passive safety features, including Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control, driver and passenger front and side airbags, side-curtain airbags with rollover sensor, Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist and Honda's next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure. Civic Type R also features a multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines as standard equipment.

Under the hood, the 2020 Civic Type R continues to draw 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 damping force, steering assist, and throttle mapping. The Type R’s selectable drive modes and sophisticated design make it both a thrilling companion on a mountain road or a racetrack and a remarkably civilized daily driver with a degree of flexibility unmatched in its competitive set, especially at the price.

About Honda 
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Insight, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V, Passport and Pilot sport utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2019, more than 90 percent of all Honda brand vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

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trucke SuperDork
2/26/20 3:10 p.m.

The CTR is an awesome machine.  Not sure how an alcantara covered steering wheel will hold up.  I prefer the leather.  Got to give them marketing cred, stating the adaptive dampers are 10x more responsive while using the same gas strut.  Not sure that would be noticeable!  

Still love the car and the Phoenix Yellow is awesome!

I wonder when that LogR will be available for earlier models?  Seems like a lot of development work for just a few thousand cars.

Patientzero GRM+ Memberand Reader
2/26/20 3:38 p.m.

No matter what the numbers on the paperwork say or how amazing magazines say it drives; the thing is freaking ugly.

I don't want an ugly car.

Datsun310Guy UltimaDork
2/26/20 3:40 p.m.

I think it's crazy wild.  "We lightened it up by tossing the rear wiper and rear ducts and other stuff".

Our kind of guys.....

BlueInGreen - Jon
BlueInGreen - Jon SuperDork
2/26/20 3:47 p.m.

Love the yellow!

I don’t think they’re any more outrageous or ugly than a blob eye WRX STi, and people seem to like those.

DirtyBird222 UberDork
2/26/20 3:49 p.m.

Gotta love mid-cycle refreshes from Honda. A new color or two released, a special edition is thrown out there, lots of enticing action statements on the performance of this revised edition. 

I'm 90% of these will sell out the day it's advertised they are available to order. The othe 10% will sit on dealer showroom floors with a $35k markup to attract internet attention. 5 of this will be on BaT within two weeks of delivery. 

Datsun310Guy UltimaDork
2/26/20 3:56 p.m.
Datsun310Guy UltimaDork
2/26/20 4:00 p.m.

Nissan did one that just sold for a record amount.   240Z Z432R

"they punched thinner body panels" is my favorite.   

irish44j MegaDork
2/26/20 6:11 p.m.
Patientzero said:

No matter what the numbers on the paperwork say or how amazing magazines say it drives; the thing is freaking ugly.

I don't want an ugly car.

If you hold your hand up to the screen and cover everything aft of the rear door, it actually looks pretty decent.

If they'd release a special "Sleeper-Edition" Civic R that looks just like an Si Coupe on the outside, I'd seriously consider buying one. 

Sk1dmark GRM+ Memberand New Reader
2/26/20 6:28 p.m.

In reply to irish44j :

Look up the Civic Type R Sport Line. Not going to be available in America but it's exactly that. I'm in the same boat as you wanting a toned down version and I wish so badly that they would have brought that here

irish44j MegaDork
2/26/20 6:34 p.m.
Sk1dmark said:

In reply to irish44j :

Look up the Civic Type R Sport Line. Not going to be available in America but it's exactly that. I'm in the same boat as you wanting a toned down version and I wish so badly that they would have brought that here

definitely better, but still way too much fake vent stuff going on . I like how (comparatively) clean the Si Coupe rear end is....only one small pair of fake vents lol. 

Looks like basically what Subaru did with the STi was all STi underneath, but just a subtle lip spoiler, toned-down wheels, IIRC the calipers might have been painted black instead of gold, was the STi for adults who don't want everyone to street race them or ever cop to pull them over....

noddaz SuperDork
2/26/20 7:00 p.m.

In reply to Patientzero :

Yeah, but 28 POUNDS! 

I just can't get worked up about 28 pounds.  frown

I do find the car interesting.

GCrites80s Reader
2/26/20 9:42 p.m.

^And almost all off the rear of a FWD car... how much does that wing weigh?

Carsandbikes Reader
2/27/20 2:09 p.m.

As someone who has owned 4 Honda products, how in the heck did they manage to find any sound insulation to remove? 

And like others here: like the yellow but not overly fond of the car's looks. 

Knurled. MegaDork
2/27/20 5:40 p.m.

Will it cost less than the other yellow CTR?

DrBoost MegaDork
2/28/20 9:26 a.m.

Unfortunately, it's not fast enough to outrun that much ugly. 
and yeah, 28 pounds, out of the rear?  Whatevs

wearymicrobe UberDork
2/28/20 11:21 a.m.
DrBoost said:

Unfortunately, it's not fast enough to outrun that much ugly. 
and yeah, 28 pounds, out of the rear?  Whatevs

Overseas ones are almost 80lb's lighter they drop AC and Media screen. Cannot do that in US due to rear camera requirements. At least that is what I was told.

There are a few wrapped in this yellow in town already. Allegedly R's they are now the number one repo for Honda finance as well. Take that with a grain of salt though.  

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