Final month, Honda launched a brief video exhibiting a , however did not give us any context. We assumed the brand new Kind R was there to put down a sizzling lap time, and because it seems, we have been proper.
Theis formally the quickest front-wheel-drive automotive round Suzuka, the corporate confirmed Tuesday. The two minute, 23.993 second lap time was accomplished by Tremendous GT Sequence driver Takuya Izawa throughout the Kind R’s closing efficiency checks in February, utilizing a European-spec manufacturing automotive. You may watch his file run within the video beneath.
This 2:23.993 time is roughly a second and a half higher than the earlier file holder, the Renault Megane RS Trophy-R. This bodes nicely for the Civic Kind R’s future lap file makes an attempt, too. Honda unofficially mentioned the Restricted Version was meant to be a time assault automotive, with the last word purpose of successful again the Kind R’s title because the quickest front-wheel-drive automotive round Germany’s Nurburgring Nordschleife. The Megane RS Trophy-R is the present Nordschleife FWD champ, so we’ll be curious to see if the Kind R can carry out an identical feat as soon as the world opens again up for enjoyable once more.
Honda will construct 1,000 Restricted Version Kind Rs, all painted Phoenix Yellow, with 600 earmarked for the US. The 306-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbo I4 engine carries over unchanged, however this Civic will get specifically tuned dampers, recalibrated steering and higher-performance tires. The US-spec Restricted Version is a few 46 kilos lighter than a normal Kind R, because of light-weight, 20-inch BBS wheels, fewer sound-deadening supplies and the elimination of the hatch wiper, rear heater ducts and tonneau cowl. European variations can have their audio and air-con programs eliminated, leading to an extra 30-pound weight reduction.
The 2021 Honda Civic Kind R Restricted Version will go on sale within the coming months, with pricing anticipated to come back in someplace round $40,000.