With less than two months away until it’s released in the United States, the new Honda Civic Type R has smashed the Nürburgring lap record for front-wheel-drive cars, clocking a 7min 43.8sec lap time from the circuit’s Bridge to Gantry sections.
This shaves a significant 5.41sec from the previous record holder, the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S, and makes the new Type R 6.8sec faster around the ‘Ring than its predecessor.
The new lap record holder is described by Honda as being a development model with technical specifications representative of the final car. Like the production car, it uses a 316bhp and 295lb ft VTEC turbocharged 2.0-litre engine.
“We expect that the efficiency of this model’s engine…will provide U.S. customers with a great driving experience,” said Frederic Bernard, technology expert at Honda Europe. “And since this model has excellent stability and maneuverability, even when accelerating or turning, it is a very safe car in all driving conditions.”
We’ve got some good news; the 2017 Civic Type R is set to arrive at dealerships later this spring!
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