The truth of the matter is, there’s absolutely no way a Honda Civic Type R Mugen hatch can keep up with an Audi R8 V10. Trying to do so is an exercise in both futility and stupidity, but given certain circumstances, like navigating through a twisting country road, can the Civic Type R keep up with the R8 V10?

Ever the curious bees that they are, Autocar went out and tried it for themselves. Turns out, the R8 is still faster than the Civic Type R - no surprise there - especially at straight roads where the former just disappears out of sight. But this exercise wasn’t so much about finding out which is faster because we already had an answer to that. This was done to determine whether the Civic Type R gave the consumer more bang for their buck than an R8. To that end, Steve Sutcliffe seems to think that it does, referring to the R8 as a car that’s "too fast for its own good in roads like this".

We’ve probably shared a little too much now so we’ll just leave the rest so you can enjoy the video yourselves.


Source: Autocar UK

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  (238) posted on 06.15.2011

Huh? Are they crazy for comparing the Civic type and the R8. Civic type can’t be classified as sportscar and it could never be a super car! This news is just a big joke! I never thought of comparing the Audi to a cheaper class!

  (417) posted on 06.20.2010

i guess this also serves as a promotional to the honda Type R mugen.

  (379) posted on 06.17.2010

honda’s advantage is the handling.. as you can see when on straight, the r8 is making a gap between the civic.. and on turn the gap is decreasing..

  (205) posted on 06.16.2010

Audi R8 5.2 FSI with 518 horsepower against the more common 239 horse Honda Civic Type R Mugen, well I guess this is only a joke, and if not! They are probably stupid.

  (313) posted on 06.16.2010

The race is all about handling. End of the story.

  (228) posted on 06.15.2010

This is a battle between a Nimble car and a super car. well definitely it can catch up with the R8, being nimble it’s handling are superb and can easily compensate with those tight curves. unlike the R8.. with it’s engine weight it will surely have a hard time dealing with those corners.

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