Aside from the extremely purposeful image it projects, the Civic Type R has numerous exterior features that enhance high-speed performance driving.
Several exterior features of the Type R make it slip through the air with less resistance, while also increasing downforce for greater grip in corners.
The underbody spoiler kit helps reduce lift at high speeds, helping to maintain highly accurate handling and stability.
Wider front fenders and the flared rear-fender design accommodate the beefy 245/30 ZR20 tires; the trailing-edge vents in the front fenders also allow greater engine-compartment cooling in tandem with the functional hood scoop.
The hood is constructed of aluminum, saving 11.7 pounds over a steel component.
The quartet of vortex generators at the top edge of the hatchback creates a controlled turbulence that enhances the effectiveness of the wing spoiler in creating downforce at high speeds, for improved grip and stability.