Honda Civic Type R smashes Suzuka lap record

CY Foong · Jul 10, 2020 09:24 AM

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Last we heard of the hardcore Honda Civic Type R (FK8) Limited Edition, Honda released a 15-second teaser of it setting paces on the iconic Suzuka Circuit. Then *POOF* it left us wondering more.

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Well, the wait is over! The FK8 Limited Edition has just broken the front-wheel-drive track record at Suzuka with a blistering time of 2 minutes 23.993 seconds. Interestingly, that time was quicker than the previous record holder, the Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R which did a lap of 2 minutes 25 seconds.

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The FK8 Limited Edition that broke the record was driven by Super GT Series racer Takuya Izawa and was a European production-spec with no modifications in February 2020. You can view the record-breaking lap footage below.

Also announced is the U.S.-spec FK8 Limited Edition which differs from the European-spec FK8 Limited Edition. Maximum power output from the U.S.-spec KC20C 2.0-litre 4-cylinder will be retained to 310 PS with 400 Nm of torque and mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The European-spec has a higher power output of 320 PS.

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At least American owners will blaze new lap records while having cool air blown towards them. The U.S.-spec FK8 Limited Edition will retain air-conditioning, Honda Sensing safety suite, and audio system.

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Only 600 units of the U.S.-spec FK8 Limited Edition will be built, each featuring an individually numbered serial plate and painted exclusively in Phoenix Yellow Pearl with black accents on the roof and mirrors. Pricing has yet to be announced though Honda has said that it will be launched in America later this year.

With this blazing record set, will the FK8 Limited Edition set its sights at conquering the Nurburgring next and kicking the Megane R.S. Trophy-R off its throne?

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CY Foong

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Traded advertising for a career that fits his passion for cars. Enjoys spotting cars during his free time and has a soft spot for Japanese Kei cars but drives a thirsty manual sedan.

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