All eyes are on the Honda these past few weeks, as more tests demonstrate why a ...
All eyes are on the Honda these past few weeks, as more tests demonstrate why a Civic Type R is shaping up to be one of the best compact hot hatches of the year.
So far, we have learned that its ride quality might actually be better than a Ford Focus RS and the Subaru WRX STI, and that its clever engineering makes up for a missing all-wheel drive system.
Now, we can also cut the 0 to 200km/h (124mph) sprint from our bucket lists, and after MotorsportMagazine has put it to the test, though they didn’t stop at 200km/h (124mph), as a needle eventually went up to 233km/h (145mph).
Honda currently holds a Nurburgring lap record for front-wheel drive vehicles with the new Civic Type R, which managed to go around this German circuit in just 7 minutes and 43.80 seconds, thus becoming around 5.5 seconds quicker than a previous record holder, the VW Golf GTI Clubsport.
The compact hot hatch has the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that pushes 316 horsepower and 295lb-ft of torque to the front wheels, through the 6-speed manual gearbox.
We still don’t know how much it needs to reach 100km/h (62mph) from the standstill, as this Japanese automaker has yet to release this number, but it is most certainly faster than the previous model, which took 5.7sec.
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