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The New Benchmark: All-New Honda Civic Type R Sets New Suzuka Circuit Lap Record

April 6, 2022 — TORRANCE, Calif.

The all-new 2023 Honda Civic Type R has set a new track record for a front-wheel drive car at the legendary Suzuka Circuit, home to the Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix. During final performance testing and evaluation, the new Civic Type R lapped the Suzuka’s 3.6-mile figure-8 configuration in 2 minutes 23.120 seconds.

The Type R final development car turned the record-breaking lap on March 14. The historic performance broke the previous track record set by the 2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition—a lightweight, specially-tuned, track-focused version of the outgoing car—by nearly one second. A video highlighting the achievement and an in-car view of the record lap can be seen below:


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11th Gen Honda Civic All New 2023 Civic Type R Sets New Suzuka Circuit Lap Record! 🏁 05 2023 Honda Civic Type R Sets New Suzuka Lap Record


11th Gen Honda Civic All New 2023 Civic Type R Sets New Suzuka Circuit Lap Record! 🏁 06 2023 Honda Civic Type R Sets New Suzuka Lap Record
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To bad they always preface the achievement by noting it was the record for FWD cars, I'd like to know how it compares to other sports cars.
 

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1 second better than the FK8 LE is pretty damn good. Looks really good too, especially in those first 2 pics.
 


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1 second better than the FK8 LE is pretty damn good. Looks really good too, especially in those first 2 pics.
Especially if the LE was on Cup 2s and the new R is on PS4S.

"By nearly one second" is almost nothing over a 2:23 lap. But even breaking even is interesting given the difference in compound.
 

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Ooh can’t wait to get one!
 

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I love Honda is still going at these record attempts after the FK8. I love my FK8 and I’m super stoked that the new R is going to be adding to the already established records the FK8 has. Truly legendary cars Honda has given us.
 

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To bad they always preface the achievement by noting it was the record for FWD cars, I'd like to know how it compares to other sports cars.
The only cars faster are Koenisegg 1:eek:ne, R35 GTR, and GT3 RS according to the fastest lap times website although the Fk8 and the new type r lap time isn't shown you can just compare https://fastestlaps.com/tracks/suzuka
 


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This car will deliver. I think it will be the most exciting sedan in existence. Future legend.
Uh you mean hatchback?
 

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its in some decent company with its times.
 

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Why there is a traditional red Recaro seat in Pic.1, but it looks like they delete the front passage seat in the front in Pic.3/4?
 

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3! seconds slower than the heavy boat Dodge Charger...
Why is the 67 Nova so fast? It must be heavily modified.
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