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The 2023 Honda Civic Type R Sets FWD Lap Record at Nürburgring Nordschleife

  • The new lap record is set at 7 minutes 44.881 seconds.

  • The new FL5 generation Honda Civic Type R is the most powerful Honda sold in Canada. 

Honda has just announced that the 2023 Civic Type R has set new lap records at two legendary racetracks – Suzuka and Nürburgring Nordschleife. The Type R is the pinnacle of Honda factory performance and is the fastest and most powerful Honda vehicle ever offered in Canada. With an officially measured time of 7 minutes 44.881 seconds, this car is set to impress enthusiasts around the world.

2023 Honda Civic Type R | Photo: Honda

There was little doubt that this was going to happen. The previous-generation FK8 set the FWD one-lap record of the iconic 20.8-kilometre Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany six years ago. The possible confusion here is that the time set on April 7, 2017, was of 7 minutes 43.80 seconds, which is more than 1 second faster than the new FL5’s reported time. The explanation is that this lap time was measured based on the official rules instituted in 2019, with a full lap of the Nordschleife of 20.832 km long. Before 2019, lap times were measured with the lap length of 20.600 km and were not officially certified by the Nürburgring.

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The in-car video that documents the record-setting lap is something that every enthusiast will want to see. It is a first-person view of the car as it flies around the track at incredible speeds. Watching this video gives you a true sense of the power and performance that this car is capable of.

2023 Honda Civic Type R | Photo: Honda

Here is a message from Hideki Kakinuma, Civic Type R Development Leader:

“To our Civic Type R fans all over the world: Under the concept of ‘Ultimate SPORT 2.0,’ we developed the all-new Civic Type R with the spirit of ‘going beyond our past achievements’ and strived for the ultimate FWD sports car by refining the ‘essential value’ and ‘emotional appeal’ unique only to our Type R models. Since the start of sales in Japan in September 2022, we have received numerous customer feedback from all around the world filled with amazement and joy, far exceeding our expectations. However, we still had one more mission to fulfil, which was to claim the title as the world’s fastest FWD car with a record Nürburgring lap time. Six years after the lap record was set by the previous-generation Civic Type R (FK8), we reached this new dimension as a result of all the passions we poured into and all the advancements we made for this Type R model. Finally, our wish to share this title with all Type R fans all around the world came true. We sincerely hope that all current and prospective owners of the Type R will enjoy and love their vehicle with the pride we share with you.”

2023 Honda Civic Type R | Photo: Honda

2023 Honda Civic Type R | Photo: Honda

2023 Honda Civic Type R | Photo: Honda

2023 Honda Civic Type R | Photo: Honda

2023 Honda Civic Type R | Photo: Honda

2023 Honda Civic Type R | Photo: Honda

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