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$89,900 race-ready Honda Civic Type R TC enters the ring for 2020

Honda has introduced its race-ready Civic Type R TC for the 2020 model year.

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The race-ready Honda Civic Type R TC has ben unveiled. The product of Honda Performance Development (HPD), the car has been designed to be a turn-key solution for professional racers and enthusiasts who want to take their time behind the wheel up a notch. The cost? $89,900. That's about $70,000 more than a base model 2020 Civic.

"The successes of Honda Performance Development's TCA Civic Si and TCR Type R in North American touring car championship series have generated a strong interest in more ready-to-race Honda Touring Cars for North America," said Ted Klaus, President of Honda Performance Development. "With the introduction of the new Type R TC-class race car, we now offer a complete lineup of turn-key, Civic-based race cars for registered racing customers in North America."

2020 Honda Civic Type R TC The Civic Type R TC is eligible for SRO TC Americas Touring Car competition. Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

The model was developed and tested completely in-house as a modified version of a Type R production model. Final assembly is done by Gradient Racing in Austin, Texas. The HPD Civic Si TCA race car influenced the car's development.

At the start of its journey to the track, each new Civic Type R TC begins its life as a body in white at Honda's Swindon, England plant. It's powered by a 2.0-liter VTEC Turbo engine that's supplied by Honda of America Manufacturing in Anna, Ohio. It produces between 270 and 330 horsepower, depending on the series application.

2020 Honda Civic Type R TC The Civic Type R TC was designed to be a turn-key solution for race car drivers. Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

The exterior of the car retains the model's stock sheet metal but adds major modifications including a high-flow front grille; a J's Racing FRP vented hood; CSF-designed radiator and oil cooler; an HPD/Borla downpipe and turbo back exhaust; a 6-speed manual transmission with high-strength 3rd and 4th gears; an HPD/Cusco limited slip differential; HPD Girodisc 2-piece front brake rotors and HPD brake inlet ducts; an HPD/Pyrotect bolt-in FIA 16-gallon fuel cell; a welded multi-point racing cage; and an OMP racing seat with 6-point harness.

2020 Honda Civic Type R TC Honda offers support for racers on- and off-the track. Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

The Civic Type R TC is eligible for SRO TC Americas Touring Car competition. To purchase, buyers must be a Honda Racing Line member with a racing license. HPD supports its racing customers with trackside factory engineering and parts support, and an exclusive technical support line that can connect racing customers directly with HPD engineers when they're not at the track.

Honda is pledging at least $1 million in donations as it kicks off charitable spending in the era of COVID-19.

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Honda is committing $1 million to food banks and meal programs across the United States, Canada and Mexico in communities that are most vulnerable for food access during the COVID-19 pandemic. The automaker is also matching up to $1,000 for each individual gift that Honda employees make that benefit their local communities.

"We are focusing our societal response on three vital and immediate human needs," said Rick Schostek, Executive Vice President of Honda North America, Inc. "We are addressing food insecurity at a time when many families are struggling, investigating the potential to use our manufacturing know-how to produce medical equipment to help those battling COVID-19, and deploying our associate 'virtual volunteers,' to help people in need."

In addition to the $1 million dollar pledge to address food insecurity, Honda's response includes a number of activities to support community and government efforts aimed at combatting the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Inventoried our stocks of Personal Protective Equipment at our North American facilities and have donated much of this equipment, including N95 face masks, to support frontline healthcare providers.
  • Deploying our 3-D printers to manufacture visors for protective face shields that will be used by medical providers. And we continue investigating the ability to meet critical manufacturing needs related to medical equipment, including partnering with other companies.
  • Engaging and empowering Honda associates throughout North America while at home, to serve as "virtual volunteers," to help non-profits and people in need in their local communities while respecting the requirements of social distancing. This will include reaching out to many of its nonprofit partners to assess their needs and determine opportunities to support them with virtual tasks at a time when nonprofit resources are stretched.
  • Offering payment extensions and deferrals, as well as late fee waivers for existing Honda and Acura finance customers impacted by the pandemic, and a 90-day deferred payment to qualified customers for new vehicle sales that are financed by Honda and Acura Financial Services.

Honda recently changed the business plans for their plants in North America in response to the coronavirus crisis.

The Honda Insight is mostly unchanged from the 2020 model year.

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The 2021 Honda Insight is mostly unchanged from the 2020 model year. However, there are a few notable improvements.

Honda is making blind spot monitoring and cross traffic monitoring technology available in the low-cost model. The car will also come in a new paint color - Radiant Red Metallic.

It retains its size, fitting between the Civic and Accord in the Honda lineup, with a focus on budget-friendly fuel efficiency rather than creature comforts and family friendliness.

2021 Honda Insight Honda has added the Insight's Radiant Red Metallic job to the options list for the new model year. Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

The Insight continues to have best-in-class passenger space and a high fuel economy rating.

All models come standard with LED headlights, push-button start, and the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver assistance technology.

The mid-grade Insight EX comes standard with an 8-inch infotainment touch screen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. The top-tier model gains leather seating surfaces, an 8-way power driver's seat, Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System, dual-zone automatic climate control, and more.

Honda has priced the 2021 Insight starting at $22,930 for the base LX model. The Insight EX starts at $24,810 while the Insight Touring is priced at $28,840. All models carry a $955 destination and handling charge.