New Honda Civic Type R targets a Nurburgring lap record for front-wheel drive cars
10 September 2013

Bosses says the next-generation Honda Civic Type R will become the fastest front-wheel drive car to lap the Nürburgring.

Speaking at the Frankfurt motor show, Honda also confirmed the hot Civic will be powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine developing "at least" 276bhp.

Honda confirmed the news as it confirmed former British Touring Car champion and current Honda World Touring Car driver, Gabriele Tarquini has been involved in the development of the car at the Nürburgring.

The Nürburgring's front-wheel drive record currently standas a 8min 7.97sec, set by a Megane Renaultsport 265. 

President of Honda Motor Europe Manubu Nishimae said: "“We have recently spent a week at the Nurburgring, carrying out extensive testing and we are on target, and have already set a time approaching the lap record.” 

The car has previously been spotted testing at the circuit.

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10 September 2013

Comes up as a 2.2L engine with 0 g/km!! lol!

Obviously the emissions haven't been set yet, but is it really a 2.2 or is that Honda trying to throw people off the scent?

10 September 2013
Oilburner wrote:

Obviously the emissions haven't been set yet, but is it really a 2.2 or is that Honda trying to throw people off the scent?

Interesting! Honda has confirmed the new Type-R will be a 2.0 turbo so this mule could be using an older 2.2 K20A which gives similar power whilst they test initial chassis and aero?


10 September 2013

By 2015, the current Civic will only have a maximum one or two years left in production before a new one arrives. So the halo effect of having a Type-R will be short lived indeed - and it wouldn't make much sense to keep this car in production after the 2016 Civic is launched.
Or could it be that Honda is planning on bringing forward the launch date of an all new model, with a barnstorming Type-R model to kick off sales?

10 September 2013

It's 0g/km rated as its not taxed on emissions. You dont have to tax a car on emissions if you use the old pay rate of engine size, 1.5l or under 1 rate and above 1.5l the higher rate.
You need to arrange it with the DVLA to be taxed using the old system. This is what car modifiers do when they do engine conversions and dont want the expense of emissions testing.

10 September 2013

Will beat mediocre Golf GTI and Focus ST.

I am particularly interested in weight figure.

ofir

10 September 2013

"At least" the same power as the NSX. Makes me sad.

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