The brand new 2017 Honda Civic Type R has already broken the Nürburgring lap record for front-wheel-drive vehicles. From the circuit’s Bridge to Gantry sections it clocked a 7min 43.8sec lap time.
It undoubtedly shaves a considerable 5.41sec from last record holder, the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S, making it 6.8sec faster than its predecessor.
Honda depicts the new lap record holder 2017 Honda Civic Type R as a development model with technical specifications of the final vehicle. Like the production vehicle, it makes use of a 316bhp 295lb ft VTEC turbocharged 2.0-litre motor.
The fresh model’s six-speed manual gearbox also comes with shorter gear ratios, ensuring more urgent performance. Compared with the predecessor, the vehicle weighs 16kg less, hitting 1366kg.
The vehicle makes use of a new multi-link rear suspension, which ensures improved stability. Moreover, its bodyshape ensures a best-in-class performance balance for drag and lift.
Production of the new vehicle is expected to this summer start at Honda UK’s plant in Swindon, before going on sale in the fall. As for prices, they’re expected to ascend compared with the previous vehicle’s £30,200.