Honda Civic Type R breaks another lap record, this time at Suzuka

Updated Sep 29, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

It dethroned some of Ferrari’s iconic supercars.

Honda said that the 2021 Civic Type R limited edition is an embodiment of track-ready performance, and proved it by setting a new record at the Suzuka race circuit in Japan – beating the Ferrari F40, Renault Megane, and Porsche Carrera GT.

The Civic Type R limited edition finished with a 2:25.4 lap time in the Suzuka race circuit’s 5.8-kilometer course. One concern in the new record is that Honda didn’t break the record with an actual production vehicle.

In response, Honda said that the vehicle used in the record had the same technical specification as the production version, with no modification or performance enhancements.

The 2021 Type R Limited Edition

The Civic Type R Limited Edition in exclusive Phoenix Yellow Color with Gloss-Black accents

With the new record, the Honda Civic Type R limited edition is now crowned as the fastest FWD ever at the Suzuka race circuit. Under the hood, the Type R limited edition still uses the same 2.0-liter turbo-4 capable of generating 306 hp and 400 Nm of torque.

What helped the Civic Type R limited edition achieve this feat is Honda’s ambition of further reducing its weight.

Get onboard the Honda Civic Type R limited edition’s lap record run at Suzuka by watching the video below. 

2021 Civic Type R Limited Edition Lap Record at Suzuka

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The Civic Type R limited edition is lighter than the regular Civic Type R because of its BBS forged aluminum wheels that reduced up to 8.1 kg.

Honda also removed the rear heater ducts, which reduced 12.7 kg. Of note, the Euro-spec Civic Type R limited edition is even lighter as Honda removed the air conditioning system and infotainment system, reducing a total of 47 kg.

As much as we are longing to see the Civic Type R limited edition locally, it seems that we need to settle for the regular Honda Civic Type R for now. But who knows? There can be miracles, right?  

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Honda Civic Type R

The fifth-generation Honda Civic Type R is based on the 10th-generation Honda Civic. To sum the model up, it a high-performance version of the Civic and it features an aggressive-looking exterior design. The said design also incorporates several performance-oriented pieces like a hood scoop, a rear wing, a carbon-fiber rear diffuser, among others. Under the Philippine-spec Civic Type R's hood is a 2.0-liter K20C1 VTEC inline-4 which can produce a maximum of 306 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque. This engine is then paired with a six-speed manual transmission, which comes with a rev-matching function. Like the standard Civic, the Civic Type R is a front-wheel-drive vehicle.

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Rex started off his career in the aviation industry before entering Philkotse as a staff writer. Two things excite him the most: first is staying up to speed with the latest news in the industry that uses engines as their heart and soul. The second is imparting them in a well-detailed manner. His passion for anything with wheels started when he was young – from Tamiyas to family-friendly sedans, and anything in between.

Someday, Rex only wishes to drive on random highways with friends in a third-gen Mitsubishi Delica with aftermarket sunroofs, if he couldn’t get the Starwagon Super Exceed edition.

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