New FWD record Civic Type R blitzes

New FWD record Civic Type R blitzesIt has set what Honda is claiming as a new lap record for front-wheel drive cars on the infamous Nordschleife at the Nurburgring – 7m43.8s. That’s right, seven and three-quarter minutes to cover 20km of the longest, twistiest, most difficult circuit in Europe.

The car used in the record attempt was a preproduction model fitted with a roll cage.  The car’s audio system and rear seats were removed to compensate for the weight of the cage, which was deemed necessary for safety reasons. Other than that, Honda claims the car was identical to the production models people will be able to buy in the coming months.

The Civic Type R uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, chucking out 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Honda says the new model is over 35 pounds lighter and 38 percent stiffer than the previous version, which wasn’t sold in the U.S. The new version will actually be the first Civic Type R sold here, although enthusiasts have craved this performance model for some time.

New FWD record Civic Type R blitzes

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