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

"At least" the same power as

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

Ofir 10 September 2013

A winner

Will beat mediocre Golf GTI and Focus ST.

I am particularly interested in weight figure.

Turismo 10 September 2013

It's 0g/km rated as its not

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.

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