Seven minutes, 43.80 seconds.
That’s the time the 2017 Honda Civic Type R took at Germany’s legendary Nürburgring circuit to become the world’s fastest production front-wheel-drive (FWD) production car.
The record time taken by the Civic Type R to lap the 20.76 km (12.9-mile) Nordschleife (north loop) was nearly 7 seconds better than its previous-generation Type R.
The Civic Type R is powered by a high-performance 2.0-litre VTEC Turbo engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission. With peak output of 306 hp power and 400 Nm of max torque, the Type R is the most powerful Honda ever sold in the US.
Ryuichi Kijima, the lead chassis engineer for the Honda Civic Type R, said: “The cornering speed achieved in the new Type R is higher because the car features a wider track and tires, a longer wheelbase, a new multi-link suspension in the rear and optimized aerodynamics that improve stability.”
The 10th-generation Civic platform’s new multi-link rear suspension enhances stability under braking and reduces the total roll movement of the car, enabling later braking into corners and helping to achieve higher cornering speeds during the lap.
In its 44-year history, the new Civic Type R is the very first production Honda Type R model for America. The Civic family includes a premium and sporty Civic Sedan and a Coupe, a Euro-inspired Civic Hatchback and a fast and agile Civic Si Sedan and Coupe.