Honda has set an all-new front-wheel-drive track record on the iconic Suzuka Circuit in Japan. The Japanese carmaker recently took to the track with the new 2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition, and showed off its record-setting power.
The car boasts a lap time of two minutes and 23.993 seconds. This is faster than the Ferrari F40 and only six seconds slower than a Nissan GT-R and Koenigsegg One:1.
Honda knows the Suzuka track well, having originally built it as a testing facility for its vehicles. This track is the only one to have a figure-eight configuration on the Formula 1 calendar, which means its 3.6 miles is an exciting challenge for professional drivers.
The Type R Limited Edition is a special model built for even more speed than the typical Civic Type R. It boasts lightweight, forged aluminum BBS wheels that have helped it drop 18 pounds compared to the stock Type R model. The Limited Edition vehicle also comes with Micheline Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and adjusted dampers to accommodate those changes.
Other changes include recalibrated steering and the removal of sound-deadening materials, which took off another 28.2 pounds of weight.
The 2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition is expected to launch in the United States later this year. Only 600 models will be available, offering you the chance to get track-ready performance in your everyday driver.
Keep your eyes on the Don Wessel Honda to see when the record-breaking 2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition opens up for preorders.