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February 20, 2020

The 2020 Honda Civic Type R Loses the Rear Wing for Softbois

If you have a snooty reputation to protect, and you don’t want to be seen in a “boy racer” car, well, Honda’s just come up with a solution for you: the Civic Type R Sport Line. This variant is a new addition to the refreshed Civic Type R family.

For some, the Civic Type R’s high-set wing and red accents are too much of a giveaway, so much so that enterprising pirates have been knocking off the design as an aftermarket kit on the regular Civic sedan.

Well, it’s time to throw everyone off the scent with the Civic Type R Sport Line’s low-deck rear spoiler and gray accent lines that run along the lower edge of the car. The subtle approach continues to the wheels, where dark gray 19-inch alloy wheels are wrapped with softer Michelin Pilot Sports 4S tires for enhanced riding comfort.

Mechanically, the Civic Type R Sport Line keeps the stock model’s 306 horsepower, 400 Nm of torque 2.0-liter VTEC Turbo engine as well as the 6-speed manual. However, NVH has been improved by adding soundproofing in the tailgate and cargo area.

The Civic Type R Sport Line’s soft boy treatment continues inside, where the swathes of red have been replaced with black. The gear knob features a new tear drop shape, while the steering wheel is covered in grippy Alcantara. Of course, there’s still some red, but that’s limited to just stitching on the bucket seats and doors.

Sadly, the Civic Type R Sport Line is a Europe exclusive, so if you do want to make your current Civic Type R a bit more subtle, there’s no recourse but to order these parts online.

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