Honda could be embarking on a new hunt for lap records with the 2021 Civic Type R Limited Edition.
With the outgoing Civic Type R, Honda established the ‘Type R Challenge’ as it went about smashing front-wheel drive lap records at various racetracks around the world. In the video below, it has teased a new Type R Challenge with the bright yellow Type R Limited Edition, showing the potent hot hatch the Suzuka Circuit.
Although the change made to the Civic Type R Limited Edition aren’t monumental, they will help it to be faster on a racetrack.
Interestingly, the European and U.S. models are a little different from each other. In the U.S., Honda has managed to shave away 20.9 kg (46 lbs) thanks to lightweight BBS wheels and by reducing sound deadening materials and removing features including the rear wiper, cargo cover and rear heater ducts. In Europe, Honda has gone even further and stripped out 47 kg (103.6 lbs) of weight by removing additional features like the infotainment and air conditioning systems.
Key mechanical modifications made to the Civic Type R Limited Edition include specially tuned dampers and recalibrated steering for improved control and feedback.
Power continues to come from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with VTEC that produces 306 hp and 295 lb-ft (401 Nm) of torque in U.S. form and 316 hp and 295 lb-ft in European guise. All 700 units bound for production throughout the U.S. and Europe feature a Phoenix Yellow paint scheme, called Sunlight Yellow in Europe.