Honda kicks off this year with a bang by introducing the updated and upgraded Civic Type R at this year's Tokyo Auto Salon. The 2020 Civic Type R gets changes not just outside, but also under the chassis to give it a sharper, more enhanced driving experience according to Honda.

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Changes to the exterior are purely functional. For instance, there's a new air dam design to enhance aerodynamics and looks much like the one seen in the standard Civic hatchback. Honda also applied the same look to the rear bumper as well. On top of that, the grill opening has been made larger in order to make cooling more effective and efficient. The rest of the car's body carries over unchanged although there's a new color choice: Boost Blue.

Inside, there are three new updates aimed to enhance the driving experience. The steering wheel is now trimmed in Alcantara, replacing the leather seen in the current model. Also, it gains a new shift knob and Honda even shortened the throw of the gears. Active Sound Control was also added to make Comfort mode even more comfortable, says Honda.

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But it's under the skin where the most significant upgrades are to be found. Brakes get boosted to a new two-piece rotor design and improved brake pads in a bid to reduce fade and increase effectiveness. Dampers have also been changed, and the front suspension has been re-engineered for added steering wheel feedback. Not only that, even the rear bushings were stiffened to keep the hot hatch planted.

The engine, on the other hand, has been carried over. It's still the same 2.0-liter i-VTEC Turbo mill that's been powering the Civic Type R since launch. Power and torque are retained at 310 PS @ 6500 rpm and 400 Nm @ 2500-4500 rpm. It then shifts via an honest to goodness six-speed manual with rev-matching.

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Now, does this mean we'll be seeing this version of Civic Type R in the country soon? There's no word just yet as it's just been introduced in its home market of Japan. Over there, it will reach dealerships by the third quarter of this year. As for the Philippine-market, we sure hope we get it.