Much has been said about the Honda Civic Type R, generally about its handling characteristics. Front-wheel drive cars aren’t generally known for such things, but Honda engineers have the hot hatch almost to perfection. The downside is that the Civic’s straight-line sheen often goes unnoticed, but not by the folks at L’argus.
We covered one of their videos in 2017 when the Civic Type R was fresh and new. Honda lists the Type R’s official top speed at 169 km / h – not at all shabby for a car with humble economy-sedan roots. This race saw the Civic exceed its rating by a few clicks at 174 mph, but now the numbers are even higher – 180.2 mph (290 km / h) to be exact.
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Let that sink in for a moment. 180 mph … in a factory stock Honda Civic. Yes, the car shown in the video is in stock, but it’s not a typical model either. This is the new limited edition, which rolls on special lightweight wheels, modified shock absorbers and incorporates a recalibrated steering system. It is also 28 pounds lighter than the standard Type R.
These changes certainly help with handling, but oddly enough, the engine power remains unchanged. The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder still puts out 306 horsepower (228 kilowatts) and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-meters) of torsion, spinning the front wheels frantically through a six-speed manual gearbox. The weight reduction certainly helps with acceleration – the Limited Edition goes 200 km / h (124 mph) in 18 seconds, and final speed is reached in just over a minute. However, a lack of weight doesn’t necessarily help the Honda get through the air at high speeds. It takes more power to overcome such a drag.
Does that mean the Type R Limited Edition has more horsepower than advertised? Not necessarily; There are many reasons this car hit the 180mph mark, not the least of which is a speedometer error or tailwind. Either way, this is further proof that the Type R is not just a corner sculptor, but a properly fast machine that can certainly surprise people.