A favourite worldwide, the Honda Civic Type R continues its global speed reign by recently setting a new lap record in Portugal. The beastly vehicle set a lap record for front-wheel drive vehicles with road tyres of 2m01.84s. The Portugeese circuit, Estoril, is considered challenging. The 4.2km circuit has a long main straight stretch of 986m. This straight stretch is accompanied by a difficult chicane, two hairpins as well as changes in elevation along the way. There are also some considerably significant bumps on the circuit making braking stability and ability of acceleration out of slow corners essential for a vehicle braving it.
The hero driver intended to break the previous Type R record and ended up breaking the record of a much broader segment. The Type R has since unveiled, has set records for front-wheel drive vehicles. These records have been set by different drivers on very different tracks. These circuits include Nurburgring Nordschleife, Magny-Cour, Spa-Francorchamps, Silverstone and now Estoril. The new Type R is truly a performance vehicle in any setting.
Though the excessive styling is not suited to everyone’s taste, very few can fault the Type R in terms of the performance it affords. Its also well-rounded as a car, with more space in the cabin and a choice between three driving modes-so you don’t need to sound like a race car on a school run. Available only in a six-speed manual gearbox, this vehicle produces an outrageous 228kW of power and 400Nm of toque. The 2.0l turbocharged i-Vtec engine is a delight. Honda has ensured improvement to throttle response and tractability through advanced engine control software.
The vehicle weighs in at 16kg less than the previous generation which contributes to its unprecedented performance on the track. Sophisticated suspension ensures a delightful drive regardless of mode. Honda has really ticked the right boxes with this release, setting a high bar for future high-performance hatchbacks.
At R635 500 the Honda Civic Type-R isn’t on everyone’s agenda but it sure is a treat to keep an eye on. The question we ask now is where should the Honda Civic Type R set a record next?