QOTD: Do Ring Times Matter?

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

We've covered the Honda Civic Type R's Nurburgring time twice already because we find it pretty interesting to see what a FWD sports car can do.

That said, we also know that manufacturers love to tout the 'Ring times whenever they can.

We're wondering, do you care?

My guess is that some of you do -- it can be bragging rights for owners of certain models, and it can make for fun trash-talking conversations. But I also suspect the majority of consumers, and many enthusiasts, don't.

Personally, I care to an extent -- as I said, I find it interesting, especially in the case of a car like the Civic Type R. That's why we ran two stories on it -- it's a fun topic. That said, when it comes to the Type R -- or any performance car -- I focus more on other aspects of performance. In other words, the 'Ring time is a nice feather in the car's cap, but not my main determining factor if I was comparing the car to its competition or thinking of buying one.

How about you? How much do you care, if you care at all?

Sound off below.

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • BEPLA BEPLA on Apr 22, 2023

    I'm old.

    I may have cared at one time - but that time is past.

    I just want a comfortable, fast and elegant vehicle that is reasonably economical, works properly all the time, and isn't a boring greyscale SUV or Truck.

  • Tassos Tassos on Apr 22, 2023

    Oh, I am sure ring times are extremely important in this cheap econobox category.

    The other day at the Toyota dealer there was a lil old lady who wanted to buy a Corolla. She test drove it, and inspected it, and was quite happy with everything, she told the salesman. "But before I buy it, I really need to know, said the granma. "What is its Ring Time? Because my grandson who spends his entire day on that stupid Website, "TTAC", tells me he saw at least three articles and one hundred comments on the Civic getting a really good ring time! And you know the other old lady across the street drives a Civic!"

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    • Stuki Moi Stuki Moi on Apr 24, 2023

      "Oh, I am sure ring times are extremely important in this cheap econobox category." For anyone who intends to track their car, and like to go fast on track (lots of people don't, and prefer Miatas on track since they are less physically demanding...) a fast 'Ring time is an indication that the car they are looking at; has brakes, suspension, bearings, cooling etc. which will stand up to hard driving. Even with very sticky rubber fitted, which adds massively to the loads experienced by all the above components.

  • VoGhost VoGhost on Apr 23, 2023

    As BEVs take over the top spots for 'Ring times, legacy ICE brands will retreat from this metric and focus on more experiential descriptions. They've already given up on 0-60 times, which before Tesla were their bread and butter.

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    • Stuki Moi Stuki Moi on Apr 24, 2023

      "As BEVs take over the top spots for 'Ring times,..." Pretty much. The Germans themselves, have long since realised that for a 'Ring time to play in Autobahnia, it would have to be a 10-lap time or more.

  • Luke42 Luke42 on Apr 25, 2023

    I'm not rich enough to be allowed on the Nurimburgring at my skill level, so the ring time doesn't really matter to me. [Shrug]