The Civic Type R now holds the record at Nurburgring and also Suzuka for being the fastest front wheel drive car
The Honda Civic Type R FL5 has set a new track record for a front-wheel drive car around the iconic 20.8-kilometer Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany, with an officially measured new lap record time of 7 minutes 44.881 seconds.
The Civic Type R was fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Connect tires jointly developed with Michelin, instead of the standard Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S. Besides that, everything was left as it is in the car you see in the video above.
“Six years after the lap record was set by the previous-generation Civic Type R (FK8), we reached this new dimension as a result of all of the passions we poured in and all the advancements we made for this Type R model. Finally, our wish to share this title with all Type R fans all around the world came true,” said Hideki Kakinuma, Civic Type R Development Leader.
“Since the start of sales in Japan in September 2022, we have received numerous customer feedback from all around the world filled with amazement and joy, far exceeding our expectations. However, we still had one more mission to fulfill, which was to claim the title as the world’s fastest FWD car with a record Nürburgring lap time.”
That being said, the new 2023 Honda Civic Type R was just launched in Thailand a couple of months ago, and it is only a matter of time before we hear the official news that it is open for booking in Malaysia.
Powered by the same 2.0-litre four-cylinder VTEC Turbo engine as the current Civic Type R, Honda says that the turbocharger, the 6-speed manual gearbox, and the rev-matching system have all been tweaked and enhanced to produce more power than the outgoing model which already produced 320 PS and 400 Nm of torque.