The Honda Civic Type R Takes The Title Of The Fastest FWD Car Around The Nrburgring

Kevin Williams
by Kevin Williams

The ‘Ring now has a new record holder: the Honda Civic Type-R.

The iconic Nürburgring Nordschleife is one of those tracks that separate the wheat from the chaff in sporty cars. Often used as a measuring stick for high-performance cars, the 20.832-kilometer super complex is the ultimate test of a vehicle’s abilities. Now, the track has a new record for front-wheel-drive production cars – the Honda Civic Type R, which did the lap in 7:44.81.

Before you say “Hey, aren’t there two cars quicker than the Civic Type R?” That’s only half correct; one of the cars, the Lynk & Co 03+ Cyan Concept, was a concept not made for public sale. The second car, the Renault Megane RS Trophy R, used a different regulation to calculate its time. Before 2019, the official Nürburgring track length was 20.6 kilometers, not the full 20.832 that Honda used to calculate its record. So, the Megane’s 7:40.1 lap time was actually 7:45.399. Therefore, Honda snatched the crown from Renault by not quite a second.

According to Honda, not much was done to the standard car to achieve the record. Honda fitted Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Connect tires, swapping out the standard Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S. Other than that, the Civic Type R looks to be the same beast you can buy from any dealership.

This isn’t the first time the Civic Type R has been on the list. Honda and Renault have multiple entries on the fastest FWD list, with the Civic Type R and a hyper-powered Megane duking it out at least since 2009.

“We still had one more mission to fulfill, which was to claim the title as the world’s fastest FWD car with a record Nürburgring lap time, wrote Hideki Kakinuma, Civic Type R Development Leader. Six years later, their dream came true. The Civic is the fastest FWD car around the Nürburgring. At least, for now.

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Kevin Williams
Kevin Williams

Kevin has been obsessed with cars ever since he could talk. He even learned to read partially by learning and reading the makes and models on the back of cars, only fueling his obsession. Today, he is an automotive journalist and member of the Automotive Press Association. He is well-versed in electrification, hybrid cars, and vehicle maintenance.

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  • Jim Jim on Apr 21, 2023

    None of those are FWD (front-wheel drive).

  • Mike Le Mike Le on Apr 21, 2023

    Ummm.....did you not know they are talking about front wheel drive vehicles? Which article were you reading? Lol