2015 Honda Civic Type R sets FWD Nurburgring lap record (video)

The new Honda Civic Type R has done it, posting the fastest ever front-wheel drive production car lap around the Nurburgring in Germany. A development vehicle set a cracking time of 7:50.63.

2015 Honda Civic Type R Nurburgring lap

At this time, although a development vehicle, it easily beats the now-previous FWD record-holder, the much more serious and stripped out Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy-R which posted a 7:54.36 time last year. It’s an amazing effort by Honda, but one that was expected as the Japanese brand had been confident in setting a new record from the beginning of development.

The new Civic Type R was only just revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in production form, and that’s where the time and prices for the UK market were announced (from £29,995). Featuring a 2.0-litre turbocharged VTEC four-cylinder, the hot hatch pumps out 228kW of power and 400Nm of torque. It’s capable of 0-100km/h in 5.7 seconds.

Perhaps the biggest hint that this vehicle could post such a quick time can be seen in the top speed. It can hit an incredible 270km/h. This sort of speed requires not only serious power, but also proper torque and aero efficiency. These are some of the key ingredients needed to post a quick lap time around the arduous 20.8km Nurburgring.

PerformanceDrive has posted a 9:24 lap around the public 19.1km section in a humble BMW 520d. We can only imagine what 7:50 would feel like in a hot hatch. According to Wikipedia’s list of top Nurburgring lap times, the Civic Type R is quick enough to match a 2005 Ford Focus RS, and can almost keep up with a 2008 Nissan GT-R (7:54).

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As previously reported, the new Civic Type R will go on sale in Australia in the not-too-distant future. Prices are yet to be confirmed. Not convinced on the lap time? Click play below for the video.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.