New Honda Civic Type R breaks FWD record at Suzuka Race Circuit

2023 Honda Civic Type R

Honda’s all new flagship hatchback has been spotted undergoing intensive lap testing at Japan’s Suzuka Race Circuit, Honda has confirmed that its prototype has beaten the existing FWD record, previously set by the stripped out 2021 Civic Type R limited edition, achieving a blistering time of 2:23.12 seconds.

Considering the previous generation Civic also topped the Nurburgring Nordschleife lap record, Honda will now have a chance to reclaim it again after it was surpassed in 2019 by the Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R beating the Civic Type R by over three seconds.

According to the Japanese automaker, the upcoming model will also be powered by the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which respectively produced 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, however engine performance will be increased in the newer generation, with the possibly of seeing some hybrid tech being introduced.

In addition to a standard manual transmission, Honda has confirmed that the upcoming model Civic will arrive with the option of dual-clutch automatic.

A new chassis will not be developed for the Type R, instead it will be an evolution of its predecessor, utilising its dual-axis strut front suspension that is extremely effective at suppressing torque steer.

You’re in luck, if you like the current Civic Type R styling cues and numerous racing design features, because the all-new model looks just as aggressive. Despite being covered in camouflage, you can see that Honda Civic Type R will be one of the most eye-catching hot hatchbacks on the market.

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