The Honda Civic Type R, VW Golf R, and BMW M240i are three very good performance cars but they deliver their thrill in a different way. But which is the fastest?
Looking at the specs of the three, it is clear that the front should have a nice clear packing order with BMW, second VW and third Honda. In terms of power, the M240i xDrive pumps 374 hp and 368 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque from its turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six engine, with a significant advantage over others.
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For the Civic Type R, it delivers 316 hp and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque and while it’s impressive figure, it sells with front wheel drive and only a six-speed manual, making it even more off-line. Last but not least is the Mk8 Golf R’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder 315 hp and 310 lb-ft (420 Nm). Like the BMW, it’s all-wheel drive and doesn’t rely on stick shifts.
In the first race, the BMW driver easily got the best launch and quickly pulled an irresistible lead that had no chance of matching the Golf R. Meanwhile, the Civic Type R’s all-wheel drive competitors were thrown into the dust.
The second race was a very similar result, with BMW claiming victory again, finishing quarter-mile in 12.4 seconds compared to VW’s 12.7 seconds and Honda’s 14.2 seconds.
It’s a rolling run where things become particularly interesting. Given the extra power enjoyed by BMW, it would obviously win but Honda managed to move away from the Golf R in the first rolling race.