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Can A Sensible Swedish Station Wagon Take On The Honda Civic Type R?

The Volvo V60 T6 is a modern-day Sleeper, but can it take on one of the best hot hatchbacks on sale today?

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We all know that drag races between stock cars are not as exciting as a full-on drag battle between highly modified cars. That said, it’s interesting to see how two very different vehicles stack up against one another. The YouTube channel Sam CarLegion has arranged for the Honda Civic Type R and Volvo V60 T6 to meet at the drag strip. Can the sensible Swedish wagon win against one of the best hot hatchbacks currently on sale?

Some performance figures

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However, the Honda was closing in towards the end
In fact, with a perfect start and quick shifting, the Honda overtook the V60 T6 winning 3rd race

Both cars rely on a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine for their power. The one in the Honda makes 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet (400 Nm) while the Volvo puts out 316 horsepower and 295 pound-feet (400 Nm).

To no surprise, the much bigger Volvo is significantly heavier – 3,955 pounds (1,794 kg) versus the Honda’s 3,118 pounds (1,414 kg). However, the Volvo comes with all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic from Aisin, while the Honda is front-wheel-drive only and has a six-speed manual.

The drag race

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Swipe up for more details and the actual race
Do you prefer the funky Civic Type R or the understated V60 T6?

Both cars don’t mess around, as all three drag races were in sport mode – R for the Honda and Dynamic for the Volvo. From a dig, the AWD Volvo V6 T6 rockets ahead, but once the Honda gains traction it starts closing in. However, the first win goes to the Swedish wagon.

Initially, it looks like the second race will be exactly like the first one. That said, the Honda did a better start than before and was about to close the Volvo, but the Type R driver missed a gear, allowing the V60 T6 to take another win.

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Both cars rely on a 2.0-liter turbo-four unit
While they both produce 295 lb/ft, the Volvo makes 316 hp - 10 more than the Type R

Lunching a 300 plus horsepower front-wheel-drive car can be tricky, but for the third race, the Honda gave a flawless performance. Halfway down the runway, it overtook the Volvo and took the lead, securing a win.

The fourth and last race was from a 50 km/h (31 mph) roll. The heavier Volvo could no longer rely on its all-wheel drive to give it an advantage, which results in an easy win for the lighter Civic Type R. Watch the video below to see how both cars perform. Which one would you take?


Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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