It’s already been discussed that the new Honda Civic R had an amazing time around this legendary track. The time set was only 7:50 for the lap, which was surprising for a couple of reasons. The first reason was the car is a front wheel drive set up with only a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder car. Even though this setup produces 305 horsepower it’s amazing that anything front wheel drive would be capable of reaching this kind of a lap time. The second reason for the surprise is the various models the Civic R actually beat around the track. Let’s take a look at some of the cars that were left in the dust by the Civic R.
E46 BMW M3 CSL, 997 Porsche Carrera S (Track Time 7:50)
These two get put together as they are both what is considered to be a dishonorable mention because they actually tied the Civic R in the lap around this legendary track. Amazingly this means the mainstream Civic R is able to be just as quick as some of the highest performance cars when it comes to the drivability and overall performance on the track. If that’s not a perfect marketing tool for the Civic R, I’m not sure what is.
Porsche Panamera Turbo (Track Time 7:56)
This was the car that came in just behind the Civic R and showed up with a great time, but was simple the first loser in this particular race. It’s amazing that a car built for performance and long rides along the coastlines of any continent would be beat by the Civic R. The Panamera Turbo still proudly portrays the Porsche name and symbol, but may go back to the shop for some added tweaks in order to never have a mainstream car lead the way against it again.
996 Generation Porsche 911 Turbo (Track Time 7:56)
Strangely this turbocharged Porsche is a car that at the base model is actually less expensive than the Civic R. The 911 is thought of as the best sports car in the world at the top of the lineup and gives us some of the most fun cars to drive even at the bottom end. Because the price of a base 911 may be less than the Civic R you may be faced with the eventual problem of choosing between the two for power, performance, track time or style, which is a good problem to have when buying a car.
C5 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (Track Time 7:56)
This older version of the Corvette came short of the new Civic R and its time around the track. The C5 Corvette is one that is also now listed cheaper than the Civic R in price and can make the car buying decision a difficult one. Amazing that the Civic R beat this ‘Vette around the track, it would be even more impressive had the Civic R chased down the most modern version of this iconic American sports car, but taking down the C5 Corvette is certainly nothing to scoff at either.
Ferrari F430 F1 gearbox (Track Time 7:55)
This Ferrari versus the Civic R statement shows us just how far technology has come when it comes to power and performance. As an older model Ferrari, the F430 was certainly the premier player for its time and gave numbers that were staggering at that time. Now we see an overpowered hatchback taking on this little beauty and winning at the race around one of the world’s most impressive tracks ever and the testing grounds for what a car is really made of.
Caterham R500 Superlight (Track Time 7:55)
For open air performance at this great track the Caterham R500 Superlight set the record at 7:55 for the lap time. This was a blistering time and this classic superb driving racing machine was made to take on just about anything on four wheels. The Civic R obviously beat this time, but who can’t admire this amazing little car. This car weighs in at only 1,100 pounds which makes for an insane amount of power to weight even though the power output was only 263 horsepower. This little beauty was fun to drive and even more fun on a track that challenged all its performance and speed components.
Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy-R (Track Time 7:54.36)
This car was a crazy front wheel drive car, which was not the preferred set up at this track, but somehow Renault found a way to make it around this track in a very speedy time. This car has a history of being a revenge car as the French could not stand that Seat, a Spanish company, has made the lap in a Leon Cupra 280 in only 7:58. Even though the Megane RS 275 made it way around the track faster than the Seat model the Civic R obviously beat it, otherwise it would not be on this list of those who feel short of the Civic R time.
997 Porsche 911 Turbo (Track Time 7:54)
This version of the 911 was considered one of the best of all time for a long time. The generations of the 911 to come before certainly kept being built on to bring about this performance that showed at time of 7:54 for the lap time at this track. Even though this Porsche had the power and handling to give a great time, it still fell short of the Civic R overall and became an afterthought when the Civic left it in the dust.
Nissan GT-R (Track Time 7:54)
How in the world the Civic R was faster around this track than the GT-R is amazing. Yes, this was an older version that was beat, but let’s looks at the differences. The GT-R was built for top performance as was the Civic R but the GT-R was also built with an amazing all-wheel drive setup, making it easier to drive and built in a way the certainly should have beat the Civic R with no problem. The actual time for this older version was 7:54 which makes you wonder what the automotive world was thinking when it boasted this as the greatest vehicle of all time.
Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM AMG (Track Time 7:54)
This car was so limited in production only 180 of them were ever actually sold. This car was inspired by the DTM racer from the time and this beauty actually made 582 horsepower which came out of the 5.4-liter supercharged V8 engine and offers a time to sixty mph of 3.8 seconds and carried a top speed of 200 mph. Even though this car had all this going for it, the Civic R gave it a good spanking around the track, making this AMG head back to the garage.
Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 (Track Time 7:52)
With less than half the cylinders of this car and only half the drive wheels it is truly unbelievable that this car would make its way around the track slower than the Civic R. The Lamborghini was built for speed, power, and performance and to give the wealthiest buyers a ride they would never forget. Certainly if a Civic R went screaming on by the owner of one of these beauties would never forget that day and neither would the driver of the Civic R that certainly left the Gallardo LP 560-4 in the dust.
The Civic R has been built to give the Civic a revamped name and seeing some of the best cars of their time left behind by a true production car, minus the front seat, air conditioning and audio equipment and adding in the roll cage, which was actually set up to not add rigidity but was required for safety reasons. The Civic R has certainly proved its worthy of mention in any conversation regarding speed and performance by handling one of the most famous tracks in the world with ease and precision.