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April 8, 2022

Watch All-New 2023 Honda Civic Type R Break The Suzuka Circuit Lap Record

Honda’s next-generation Civic Type R has just beaten its own record at the legendary Suzuka Circuit in Japan. Setting a new lap record for front-wheel drive vehicles, the 2023 Civic Type R lapped the 5.8-kilometer circuit in just 2 minutes 23.120 seconds—nearly a second (0.873 seconds) faster than the stripped back 2021 Civic Type R Limited Edition.

The new benchmark time was set during the new model’s final development evaluation last March. The all-new Civic Type R is the latest performance vehicle to prove itself on the iconic Suzuka International Racing Course, famous for its high-speed chicanes and challenging corners. The track, often described as one of the world’s greatest circuits, has been a test bed for performance Hondas since 1962 and has been home to the Japanese Formula 1 Grand Prix for all but two years since 1987.

The previous front-wheel drive lap record at Suzuka: 2 minutes 23.993 seconds was set by a Civic Type R Limited Edition development car in February 2020. Before this, Honda's tenth generation Civic Type R GT broke the front-wheel drive lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 2017 with a lap time of 7 minutes 43.8 seconds. A production specification Civic Type R GT went on to break front-wheel drive production car records at five legendary European racetracks.

The 2023 Honda Civic Type R will be launched by the middle of 2022.

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