Special Civic Type R claims another scalp

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Words: NZ Autocar
10 Jul 2020

A Civic Type R Limited Edition has broken the front-wheel drive lap record at the Suzuka F1 circuit in Japan, eclipsing the existing record held by a Megane 275 Trophy R of 2min28sec. It lapped the 5.75km track in 2min.24secs.

Less than 1000 of these hotties will be coined, with over one-half aimed at the American market, 100 for Europe and 20 for Australia. Honda NZ has also confirmed that a small allocation will be coming here at some point in the not-too-distant future, and you can egister your interest at the honda.co.nz website.

Honda has been using the F1 circuit since 1962 to hone its performance cars. This particular model gets forged 20-inch BBS alloys shod with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 tyres which removes almost 10kg overall. Steering and dampers are tweaked to improve handling further.

The cabin loses its AC and head unit, along with a heap of sound deadening material. All up the LE is around 47kg lighter than a regular Type R.

The current generation Honda Civic Type R also held the lap record for the fastest front-wheel drive car at the Nurburgring Nordschleife race circuit (7min 44sec) until Renault (Megane RS Trophy R) robbed it back by 4sec in April last year. The French car had lost its rear seats, which probably gave it an unfair advantage.

This dispute will never end until production of one them eventually does, and it would appear that Megane will be the first to call it quits.


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