2017 Honda Civic Type R Captures Nurburgring Lap Record

Honda announced that its 2017 Civic Type R has claimed the fastest front-wheel-drive lap around the Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit.

On 3rd April, Honda’s forthcoming hot hatch demolished the current record with a run of 7 minutes, 43.8 seconds – a full 5.41 seconds faster than the previous record holder, the VW GTI Clubsport.

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Prior to the VW Clubsport’s blast around the ‘Ring, Honda held the record with its previous generation Civic Type R. But it needed more to best the 305-horsepower GTI. In European trim, the Civic Type R puts out about 315 horsepower from its 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine.

The engine alone doesn’t make the record. The 2017 Civic Type R is lighter than its forebear, and a new multi-link rear suspension works with fatter tires and a longer wheelbase to handle corners better.

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The Type R that ran the record wasn’t 100% stock. Honda installed a full roll cage for safety reasons, and it canceled out that weight gain by removing the infotainment system and rear seats and also used “road legal, track-focused” tires.

Either way, the 2017 Honda Civic Type R is the new champion. Production of Honda’s latest performance car begins this summer.


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