2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition breaks track record at Suzuka
As if it wasn't awesome enough, the 2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition wowed everyone again when it asserted its dominance on the racetrack.
The limited edition Type R set a new front-wheel drive track record at Suzuka Circuit, Honda's Formula 1 racetrack in Japan, with a time of 2 minutes 23.993 seconds. Spanning 3.6 miles (5.8 kms) long with a figure-8 configuration, Suzuka Circuit is globally known as a highlight of the Formula 1 season.
Driving the Type R to victory is Super GT Series racer Takuya Izawa. The said Type R Limited Edition was able to achieve its record-breaking lap by using a European-spec development car with no modifications or performance enhancements.
"The Type R Limited Edition reflects Honda's dedication to refining the essence and driving pleasure of Type R as a sports car and exceeding the expectations of our customers," said Civic Type R Project Leader Hideki Kakinuma. "The engineering team and I embraced a racing spirit that has been passed down for generations, and it's this strong passion that's driving the evolution of the Civic Type R towards becoming the ideal sports car. Now the "advanced" Type R that I envisioned at the beginning of this development is a reality and I am overwhelmed by the result and how our efforts have been rewarded."
The 2021 Type R Limited Edition is not just a one-off race car, it is also available for sale in the U.S. market. Dubbed as "the ultimate street-legal, track-focused variant of Honda's legendary Civic Type R," just 600 units of this vehicle will be available when it hits the US market later this year.
The 2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition will come with exclusive mechanical upgrades from the standard Type R, including lightweight, forged aluminum BBS wheels, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 cup tires, and further reduced weight of 28.2 lbs. (12.7 kg), among others.
The vehicle will come wrapped in a new exclusive Phoenix Yellow Pearl paint, with contrasting gloss black accents on the roof and mirrors, and a dark chrome Civic badge. Inside the cabin, each one of the 600 Type R Limited Edition units will feature an individually numbered serial plate denoting the vehicle's original country of sale.
Aside from its unique, sporty features, the Type R Limited Edition shares most of its features with the regular 2020 Civic Type R, including a refreshed exterior styling, larger grille, Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, and new shifter with restyled knob, plus the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies.
Under the hood, the Type R Limited Edition is fitted with a 2.0-liter VTEC Turbo engine, putting out a peak 306 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque, along with a 6-speed manual gearbox.
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