Nowadays it is not surprising to see a performance car tested in Nবারrburg. In fact, it is not uncommon to see non-performance cars there. But Honda recently did more than just test the 2023 Civic Type R on the track.
Not only Honda’s engineering team, but also some photographers and videographers have taken their own pictures of this nearby prototype on the terrifying track, following in the footsteps of our trusted spy photographers.
Naturally, we have some assumptions about what performance cars are doing, what Honda is doing on the track, but we should be clear that this is just a guess. Although it’s not hard to imagine that if Honda is equipped with a shiny, new Nurburgring FWD lap record, it could help it get more press coverage and excite the fanbase even more.
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Honda has already started trying to connect its hot compact car to the race track. It has released photos of cars hidden under the guise of some of the greatest race tracks in the world, including the Suzuka International Racing Course in Japan (where it has set an FWD lap record) and announced that the prototype will make its American debut in the Honda Indy. 200 in July.
This means, however, that it will still be covered in camos (and details may be limited).
Unfortunately, much remains to be seen about the final specs of the production vehicle. As seen in the photo, however, the car has a unique grille, a sports front bumper, front fender vents and a pronounced side skirt. It also has a red, high-performance brake caliper, as you might expect, and it gets a fantastic race-looking center-mounted triple exhaust.
Inside, the car will get a microfiber-wrapped sport steering wheel, red seat belt, and heavily powered seats, as well as a metal knob for a six-speed manual transmission. Whether or not that transmission is bolted remains a mystery, but the Smart Money is in a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The outgoing model produces 306 hp (228 kW / 310 PS) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque, so we expect it to produce at least as much power, if not more.
Whatever happens under the hood, Honda promises that it will be the best performing Civic Type R of all time.
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