Honda Civic Type R Drag Races VW Golf GTI TCR In Hot Hatch Showdown

Hot hatches are especially fun on a winding road, but they’ll also put a smile on your face in a straight line. The Honda Civic Type R and Volkswagen Golf GTI are among the quintessential hot hatches, so it’s no wonder people at Cars.co.za in South Africa lined them up for a drag race. They didn’t just take a regular version of the lively Wolfsburg compact hatch, deciding to go for the limited-run TCR version.

Fruit banned in the United States, the Golf Mk7-based GTI TCR had its 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine comprised of 286 horsepower (213 kilowatts) and 280 pound-feet (380 Newton-meters) of torque. Unlike the Civic Type R with its manual transmission, VW sold its fiery front-wheel drive hatchback exclusively with a dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

There are more differences between the two, with the Honda packing a bit more oomph, at 306 hp (228 kW) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm). On the flip side, the Civic Type R has to haul around 100 kilograms more than the Golf GTI TCR, and that stick shift is usually an inconvenience in a drag race. In this particular case, the baby seat in the back also added extra volume.

The man behind the Civic Type R got off to a perfect start, which we can’t say about the Golf GTI TCR because it had a bad start despite having a launch control system. The VW lost the battle early on, needing at least a second longer to move compared to the Honda. It’s a drag race that definitely needs to be redone as the result could have been different if the Golf had started racing at the same time as the Type R.

It will be some time before we get a next-gen Civic Type R as VW is expected to unveil the new Golf GTI TCR in the coming weeks. Unlike the vehicle presented here, it will be an integral part of the range and will carry 10 additional horsepower compared to its predecessor.

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