The latest hoopla around the industry has mostly surrounded Honda and its latest Civic Type-R. What’s a Civic Type-R story doing here? Well, it’s actually quicker than a Corvette around the Nürburgring.
A C5 Corvette Z06, that is. While Honda celebrates its fastest front-wheel drive lap record, the 10th generation Civic Type-R took down a handful of other vehicles in the process when comparing the times. That includes the aforementioned C5 Corvette Z06.
When the C5 Corvette Z06 clocked its 7:56 time, it was a pretty big deal. Chevrolet claimed it was the first production car to break past the eight-minute mark. Flash forward to present day and the Civic Type-R was able to scoot around the Green Hell in 7:43.8. Easy now, because that doesn’t mean the Corvette would lose in every situation. The Civic Type-R is still down a substantial amount of horsepower compared to either LS6 output from the C5 Z06.
Still, it’s remarkable how far manufacturers have come. The fact a little hatchback from Honda is able to clock a quicker time than America’s sports car, even if it is two generations older, is quite the feat. It’s still a long way off from the holy grail of Corvettes, though. The C6 Corvette ZR1 managed to spit out a 7:13 time in 2013.