Honda retakes its front-wheel-drive Nurburgring crown from Volkswagen. Watch the hot lap here
For the second time in as many years the Honda Civic Type-R is the fastest front-wheel-drive car around the Nurburgring.
The new 316bhp model based on the tenth-generation version of Honda’s family hatchback has completed the lap in 7:43.8s, meaning it re-takes its crown from the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S by just over three seconds.
Though a development car fitted with a roll cage set the headline lap, Honda claims it is representative of what is achievable with the production model which will go on sale later this year.The new car is almost seven seconds a lap faster around the famous German circuit than its predecessor, which clocked a 7:50.63s back in 2015.
New Honda Civic Type R specs
Honda is readying another hot hatch in 2017 – a new Civic Type R based on the 10th-generation Civic hatchback. It arrives just two years on from the outgoing Type R Civic, and will be built here in the UK at the company’s Swindon based manufacturing plant for worldwide export.
Here in the UK, we expect prices for the new Civic Type R to start from £32,000 – a slight increase on the outgoing car. Revealed at the Geneva Motor Show, it should arrive in Honda showrooms this summer.
While it’s based on the 10th-generation Civic, it’s actually the tenth Honda overall to wear the famed Type R badge since the performance brand’s inception in 1992. With this new model, Honda has aimed for improvements across the board – overall dynamic performance, high-speed ability and how it drives on track are all targeted for improvement.
Honda Civic Type R: engine details
Based on the new architecture that underpins the regular Civic hatchback, the Type R is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder VTEC engine, giving 316bhp – an increase of 10bhp over the outgoing model – and 400Nm of torque. Power is transmitted to the road via a new six-speed manual box and front-wheel drive.
Honda will also attempt to reclaim the Nürburgring lap record for a front-wheel-drive production car. The Volkswagen Golf Clubsport S is the current record-holder with a time of seven minutes and 49 seconds – 1.4 seconds faster than the previous Civic Type R.