Fuel efficient cars aren’t the best candidates to set lap records, but the Honda Civic Type R is a clear exception to the rule. Honda’s hot hatchback brought the heat when it arrived at the Nurburgring track in Germany and left with a new lap time record. The Japanese performance stole the top spot and dethroned an impressive competitor.
The Honda Civic Type R set a front-wheel drive Nurburgring record of 7:43.8. That’s a whole three seconds faster than the former champion, the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S. That’s not all: the 2017 Civic Type R topped its predecessor’s record by nearly a full seven seconds!
Under the hood of the all-new Civic Type R lies a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that burns rubber with 306 hp and 295 lb-ft of toque in the United States. The European model’s powertrain squeezes out 316 hp.
In order to break the front-wheel drive lap record, Honda had to install a roll cage, just in case. In exchange, the Japanese automaker threw out the infotainment system and rear seats. Those were the only changes made, minus the road-legal performance tires.
We at Don Wessel Honda can’t help but be blown away by the Civic Type R’s incredible performance!