Honda: Civic Type R Limited Edition becomes fastest front drive on Japan’s Suzuka circuit

Last month, Honda released a video showing its Civic Type R limited-edition lap at the Suzuka circuit in Japan,media reported, though the company gave no background statements at the time. Recently, Honda has brought more details about the new car to fans. According to its introduction, the Civic Type R Limited Edition has officially become the fastest front-drive car on the Suzuka circuit.

Honda: Civic Type R Limited Edition becomes fastest front drive on Japan's Suzuka circuit

Super GT racer Takuya Izawa, in February, teamed up with the Civic Type R Limited Edition to set a beautiful time of 2 minutes 23.993 seconds on the track. It is reported that the car used at the time was a European-sized mass-produced car. The result is understood to be about 1.5 seconds faster than the previous record holder, the Renault Megane RS Trophy-R.

Honda unofficially said the limited edition was intended to become a time-attack ingenuity, with the ultimate goal of regaining the R title and becoming the fastest front-wheel-drive on the Nurburgring-Nordschlev circuit in Germany. Megane RS Trophy-R is currently the winner of the Nordschleife FWD, so we wonder if the R will accomplish a similar feat when the world reopens.

Honda will produce 1,000 limited-edition Type R, all of which will be painted in Phoenix, with 600 of them to be launched in the U.S. market. While the 306-horsepower, 2.0L turbocharged I4 engine has not changed, the car will be equipped with specially tuned shock absorbers, recalibrated steering systems and higher-performance tires. The U.S. version will be 46 pounds lighter than the standard version, thanks to lightweight 20-inch BBS wheels, less soundproofing and the cancellation of tailgate wipers, rear heater pipes and rear-seat panels. The European version will remove its sound and air conditioning system, resulting in an additional 30 pounds of weight reduction.

The 2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition will be available in the coming months and is expected to cost around $40,000.