There is a new FWD number one at the Nürburgring: the 2017 Honda Civic Type-R set the new fastest lap time of 7 minutes and 43.8 seconds. The new Civic Type-R was unveiled at this year’s Geneva Motor Show and is set for launch this summer.

Under the hood sits the 2.0-liter VTEC Turbo engine that produces 320 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque. The refined turbo engine makes the new Civic Type-R noticeably faster than its predecessor, which took almost 7 seconds longer to lap the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

The Civic’s lap record was set at the end of its testing regime. According to the Japanese brand the conditions were ideal. The track was dry and the temperature couldn’t be better. However the record cannot just be attributed to the driving conditions, the significantly improved gear shifting ratios and best-in-class aerodynamic drag are said to mostly have contributed to the success.

Additionally the high-rigidity body frame, which is 16 kg lighter than the previous model’s, also played a big role in setting the lap record. Finally new multi-link rear suspension enhances stability under braking and reduces the total roll movement of the car, enabling later braking into corners and helping to achieve higher cornering speeds during the lap.

The new Honda Civic Type-R will start production this summer at Honda’s Swindon plant in the UK. From there it will be exported across the world, including Japan and the US. This will mark the first time a Type-R badged Civic will hit the hot-hatch market in the US.

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