Honda has announced UK pricing for its expanded Civic Type R range, spanning the £32,820 entry-level model to the £39,995, and now sold out, range-topping Limited Edition version.
For a mid-cycle update, Honda has introduced two new variants: the low-volume, lighter track special Limited Edition car, and the Sport Line, which sits alongside the existing mid-tier GT, for a total of four variants. Prices for the Sport Line and GT models both start from £34,820.
Available to order in the summer alongside the standard 2020 Type R, the Sport Line is designed to offer “more discreet styling and a more refined ride” for those who found the existing model too lairy. The most significant external alteration is the removal of the big rear wing in favour of a lower, more subtle item, but there’s also an exclusive design of 19in alloys wrapped in softer-sidewall Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres.
The interior also dials down the visual drama courtesy of black seat upholstery with red stitching. The changes aren't all aesthetic, though; along with the new tyres, additional soundproofing has been added in the boot and tailgate to reduce noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels.
At the other end of the range is the Civic Type R Limited Edition. Europe will receive just 100 examples, with a UK allocation of 20, all of which have already found buyers. Honda claims the Limited Edition has been “designed and engineered to be the most dynamic front-wheel-drive hatchback available” and is the most extreme Civic Type R yet.
Key to the Limited Edition’s appeal is a weight-saving regime, with Honda stripping out the air conditioning, infotainment touchscreen and some of the sound deadening to save 47kg. But unlike the Renault Mégane RS Trophy R, it retains its rear seats.