Limited Edition Civic Type R Sets Suzuka Circuit Lap Record

Photograph Courtesy Honda

If you need any more reasons to try and get your hands on a limited-edition Civic Type R, how does setting the record for the fastest front-wheel-drive lap around the iconic Suzuka Circuit in Japan sound?

Suzuka has long served as Honda's Formula 1 race track, with the brand using the circuit as a proving ground to test out its latest and greatest products.

The person responsible for the record-setting 2:23:99 lap was Super GT Series driver Takuya Izawa who, according to Honda, achieved the lap with "a development car built to final European production specifications, with no modifications or performance enhancements."

To put that lap time in perspective, Suzuka Circuit's website reports* that the fastest lap on record is 1:27:31: Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes AMG M08 Formula 1 car during qualifying in 2017.

Sure, there are enormous differences between a European production model Civic Type R and a Formula 1 car in qualifying trim, but there is something to be said about a car that virtually anyone can buy from the dealership only running a little over a minute slower than a car built to win at the pinnacle of motorsports.

Look out for the limited edition Civic Type R in dealers later this year, but if you'll need to be quick if you want one, as only 600 are coming stateside.

Read the full release below:

July 9, 2020 — TORRANCE, Calif.

  • Limited Edition model brings exclusive high-performance tuning and features to Type R
  • Test car was production spec with no modifications
  • Limited Edition model goes on sale in the U.S. later this year

The 2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition stormed to 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. Originally built as a test facility for Honda, the 3.6-mile Suzuka track's figure-8 configuration today is known worldwide as a highlight of the Formula 1 season as a driver and fan favorite.

Piloted by Super GT Series racer Takuya Izawa, the Type R Limited Edition achieved its record-breaking lap during final performance evaluations in February using a development car built to final European production specifications, with no modifications or performance enhancements. Video capturing the record breaking lap through in-car footage is available here, with a separate video of the development crew working on the Type R at the track here.

"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 for the U.S. market is the ultimate street-legal, track-focused variant of Honda's legendary Civic Type R, with significant measures taken to reduce weight and improve handling performance. Just 600 will be available when it launches in the U.S. later this year, exclusively painted in new Phoenix Yellow Pearl with contrasting gloss black accents on the roof and mirrors, and a dark chrome Civic badge. Inside, each Type R Limited Edition will feature an individually numbered serial plate denoting the vehicle's original country of sale. The U.S.-spec Type R Limited Edition differs from the European version by retaining air conditioning, Honda Sensing®, and the Display Audio system.

2021 Civic Type R Limited Edition mechanical upgrades from the standard Type R for the U.S. market include: Lightweight, forged aluminum wheels from acclaimed manufacturer BBS (18 lbs. unsprung weight reduction); Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires for improved traction and handling grip; dampers optimized for the new wheel/tire package; recalibrated steering for finer control and feedback; and further weight reduction of 28.2 lbs. through measures such as strategic reduction of sound-deadening materials.

In addition to its unique touches, the Type R Limited Edition shares most of the updates that debuted on the 2020 Civic Type R, including freshened front and rear exterior styling, a larger grille and revised radiator design for improved engine cooling, an Alcantara™-wrapped steering wheel, and a new shifter with a restyled knob, plus the Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies.

Under the hood, the Type R Limited Edition draws power from the same race-bred 2.0-liter VTEC® Turbo engine, putting out a peak 306-horsepower (SAE net) and 295 lb.-ft. of torque (SAE net), with power delivered to the front wheels through a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission and limited-slip differential.

The substantial power and torque is effectively managed by Type R's dual axis strut front suspension system which virtually eliminates torque steer while allowing geometry optimized for maximum cornering performance.

*list was last updated in November of 2018

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mr2s2000elise
mr2s2000elise SuperDork
7/9/20 10:04 a.m.

CTR  were $5-10k over sticker here when new. Now things have subsided to msrp 

the limited price will be through the roof here. 

pinchvalve (Forum Supporter)
pinchvalve (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
7/9/20 1:16 p.m.

They added aftermarket wheels/tires and removed 28lbs of stuff and they will change $25k more for it. Thanks, I'll add my own tires and remove a seat and save the $$$

trucke
trucke SuperDork
7/9/20 1:35 p.m.

When they offered these for online pre-sale in Canada, they sold out in about 4 minutes.  Only 100 are going to Canada.  The United States gets 600.  You can bet there will be huge 'additional dealer markups' on these things.

 

DirtyBird222
DirtyBird222 UberDork
7/9/20 3:01 p.m.
mr2s2000elise said:

CTR  were $5-10k over sticker here when new. Now things have subsided to msrp 

the limited price will be through the roof here. 

Depends where you are at. In SoCal and Central Florida (my two homes) Honda dealers are still marking these up on average of $8k from my weekly search. There's one dealer in Central Florida that has a whole flotilla of CTRs and all are marked up $5k minimum. I won't mention names but its Coggin Honda Orlando. 

Seems as if you have to go very inland to find the MSRP ones. 

mr2s2000elise
mr2s2000elise SuperDork
7/9/20 3:07 p.m.
DirtyBird222 said:
mr2s2000elise said:

CTR  were $5-10k over sticker here when new. Now things have subsided to msrp 

the limited price will be through the roof here. 

Depends where you are at. In SoCal and Central Florida (my two homes) Honda dealers are still marking these up on average of $8k from my weekly search. There's one dealer in Central Florida that has a whole flotilla of CTRs and all are marked up $5k minimum. I won't mention names but its Coggin Honda Orlando. 

Seems as if you have to go very inland to find the MSRP ones. 

Yup my brother got his CTR from Spreen, MSRP.

Caprigrip
Caprigrip New Reader
7/10/20 1:22 a.m.

I love them but can i see myself in one is the question.  The rear fake vents bother me sooooo much.  

z31maniac
z31maniac MegaDork
7/10/20 7:28 a.m.
DirtyBird222 said:
mr2s2000elise said:

CTR  were $5-10k over sticker here when new. Now things have subsided to msrp 

the limited price will be through the roof here. 

Depends where you are at. In SoCal and Central Florida (my two homes) Honda dealers are still marking these up on average of $8k from my weekly search. There's one dealer in Central Florida that has a whole flotilla of CTRs and all are marked up $5k minimum. I won't mention names but its Coggin Honda Orlando. 

Seems as if you have to go very inland to find the MSRP ones. 

In most cases, the markups on the coasts mean you could buy from a dealer in the middle of the country, have it shipped on an enclosed trailer to you, and still save money. I know a few years ago a couple of the 949 guys flew out to OKC to buy GT350s and drove them back to Southern California because that was still thousands cheaper than the ADM there.

 

Imagine how silly all the people who paid WAY over MSRP for the Supra feel? Less than a year later they are $4-7k off MSRP with 0% financing from Toyota. Then add the '21's received drivetrain upgrades. 

poopshovel again
poopshovel again MegaDork
7/10/20 7:48 a.m.

If you had the means to buy one & only put a couple hundred miles a year on it, I'd bet it's a decent investment ever with dealer markup.

Or hell. Buy two. Park one and drive one...for roughly the same price as one ITR.

DirtyBird222
DirtyBird222 UberDork
7/10/20 11:58 a.m.
z31maniac said:
DirtyBird222 said:
mr2s2000elise said:

CTR  were $5-10k over sticker here when new. Now things have subsided to msrp 

the limited price will be through the roof here. 

Depends where you are at. In SoCal and Central Florida (my two homes) Honda dealers are still marking these up on average of $8k from my weekly search. There's one dealer in Central Florida that has a whole flotilla of CTRs and all are marked up $5k minimum. I won't mention names but its Coggin Honda Orlando. 

Seems as if you have to go very inland to find the MSRP ones. 

In most cases, the markups on the coasts mean you could buy from a dealer in the middle of the country, have it shipped on an enclosed trailer to you, and still save money. I know a few years ago a couple of the 949 guys flew out to OKC to buy GT350s and drove them back to Southern California because that was still thousands cheaper than the ADM there.

 

Imagine how silly all the people who paid WAY over MSRP for the Supra feel? Less than a year later they are $4-7k off MSRP with 0% financing from Toyota. Then add the '21's received drivetrain upgrades. 

Oh yea it's totally worth the travel at some point. I'm not hellbent on buying a CTR but if I find one locally for MSRP I'd likely jump on it. SoCal dealers also have markups on non performance pack Veloster Ns. This place is a madhouse but the car culture is rad. 

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