The new car also gains an upgraded lower grille, front bumper air vents and a revised bonnet to improve airflow to the engine.
Honda previously has emphasised the improved performance of the Type R throughout the build-up to its reveal. Prior to its unveiling, it rounded the 3.6km Suzuka circuit in min 23.120sec, setting a new lap record.
The time was 0.873sec faster than the previous record holder – the Honda Civic Type R GT Limited Edition, based on the current FK8-generation car.
The model was also said to be “ready for Nürburgring testing”, suggesting the Type R could be set to challenge the front-wheel-drive record at the Nordschleife, too.
“With the all-new Civic Type R, Honda engineers have again delivered on our goal to create the most rewarding driving experience in the performance hatchback segment,” said Tom Gardner, Honda Europe’s senior vice president, Honda Motor Europe.
“Through exceptional advancements and the application of motorsport-derived technologies, we have exceeded the capabilities of even the stripped-out, lightweight version of the previous model. It is this dedication to performance excellence that has made the Civic Type R so popular with driving purists for 25 years.”