The 2017 Honda Civic Type-R proved itself on the Nurburgring by setting a new FWD track record. With a lap time of 7:43.8, the Type-R stole the crown from the Volkswagen Golf GTI Club Sport. There is no doubt that the new Civic is fast and capable; what is a surprise is just how fast the Type-R is and the elite list of supercars the car can beat around the ring.
Granted, the cars listed below are older models that have seen a lot of improvements over the years, but it is still surprising to see that the 4 cylinder Type-R is faster than a Ferrari sporting a V-12.
Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano
We get it, the 599 GTB Fiorano made its run at the Nurburgring ten years ago and a newer model would smoke the Civic on the track. Still, we’re talking about a 6.0 litre V-12 that generated 612 hp and 488 lb-ft of torque. In 2007, when the Fiorano ran the ring, it clocked a lap time of 7:47, a full four seconds slower than the Type-R.
Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera
Yep, that’s a Lamborghini! Of course, it too is a ten year old model, but it’s still a Lamborghini with a 5.0 litre V-10. Compare that to the Type-R’s 2.0 litre 4 cylinder and what do you get? A Lamborghini skulking off the track with it’s tail between it’s legs. In 2007 the Gallardo Superleggera clocked a lap time of 7:46 – 2.2 seconds slower than the lowly Civic.
Pagani Zonda S
Pagani is the epitome of exotic supercars. The Italian automaker is known for producing some of the finest sports cars on the planet. Still, with all that race tech and aerodynamics the 2005 Pagani Zonda S recorded a lap time of 7:44; .2 seconds slower than the 2017 Type-R. With a starting price tag of half a million dollars, the Pagani loses in the affordability category as well.
Chevrolet Corvette C6 Z06
The Chevrolet Corvette is easily the most celebrated American muscle car and the 2007 ZO6 was the fastest Corvette to date when it was introduced. Still, even with its 7.0 litre V-8, the Z06 can’t out run the 2.0 litre turbocharged Civic Type-R. In 2007 the C6 ran the ‘Ring in 7:49, a full 5 second slower than the Type-R.
Audi R8 V10
Want a more recent contender? The 2010 Audi R8 features a 5.2 litre V-10 that generates 510 hp and 391 lb-ft of torque. All that muscle gave the first-generation R8 a recorded lap time of 7:44; tied with the Pagani, but still slower than the new Type-R.
So, what does all this mean? Not much, really. Most of the cars in this comparison are much older and newer models would likely turn in much improved track times. But, it is fun to see what advanced engine technology can do for a 2.0 litre 4 cylinder engine.