- United States
- Honda is offering a new Sport Line model for the 2020 Civic Type R that replaces the massive rear wing with smaller rear deck spoiler.
- It's still powered by the same 306-hp turbocharged four-cylinder, and a manual transmission is the only option.
- The Sport Line will arrive this spring starting at the equivalent of around $45,000, but it's not for the U.S.
The Honda Civic Type R looks wild. It's a hatchback that screams in your face with a tall rear wing, aggressive styling, and red-lined wheels, and it's powered by a turbocharged engine. Apparently there were some Honda customers who wanted something a bit more subtle, so the automaker is now offering a Civic Type R Sport Line for European customers that has a much smaller rear wing, all-black 19-inch wheels, and a black interior.
All 2020 Civic Type R models received styling updates for the 2020 model year, one of which is a larger front grille opening that's intended to help with engine cooling. There's also a new Boost Blue paint color, the steering wheel is wrapped in faux suede, and the shifter has been updated with a teardrop-shaped knob and shorter throws.
The Type R Sport Line looks closer to a standard Civic hatchback, but it's still a Type R, meaning it's powered by a 306-hp turbocharged four-cylinder and comes only with a manual transmission. It's distinguished by a low-deck rear spoiler, exclusive dark-gray 19-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires, and a gray accent line that runs along the lower edge of the car. Additional soundproofing materials in the trunk give the Sport Line a quieter ride.
This isn't the first time we've seen an automaker make a more subtle version of its insane-looking performance car by ditching the rear wing. Jaguar built 15 examples of its Project 8 sedan with a Touring specification that removed the huge rear wing.
If you're wanting one of these wingless Civic Type Rs, sorry, they're not going to be available in the U.S. They'll make their sneaky arrival this spring in other markets, starting at the equivalent of about $45,000.