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Can the Honda Accord Sport 2.0t Take On The BMW 330iX In a Drag Race?

Honda Accord Sport Vs BMW 330i xDrive - Can the sporty Japanese sedan measure up to the BMW 330i xDrive?

When it comes to drag-racing new vehicles, the YouTube channel Sam CarLegion does a very thorough job. Two or more cars are pitted against each other multiple times, in different drive modes. This time, it’s two of the most popular sporty sedans currently on the market – the Honda Accord Sport 2.0t and the BMW 330iX, and the result might surprise you.

Can the Honda Accord Sport 2.0t Take On The BMW 330iX In a Drag Race?
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Both cars are powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine. The one in the Honda puts out 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet (370 Nm), while the one in the BMW makes 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet (400 Nm).

The Honda is equipped with a 10-speed automatic, while the ZF eight-speed automatic is put to work in the BMW.

This is where it gets interesting, as the Honda is front-wheel-drive-only, while the 330iX is equipped with the xDrive all-wheel-drive system. However, the “Beemer” also weighs more, at 3,772 pounds (1,711 kg) versus the Accord’s 3,356 pounds (1,522 kg). What would be the decisive factor? The weight, or the number of driving wheels?

Can the Honda Accord Sport 2.0t Take On The BMW 330iX In a Drag Race?
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The Accord comes with a 10-speed automatic, but sends power only to the front wheels

Four races are done from a standing start, the first one being in “grandma-style”, which means normal mode. The BMW makes a better start, but to everyone’s surprise, the Accord closes in and takes a convincing win. Race two is done in sport mode and the result is exactly the same. The third and fourth races were in sport mode and with traction control turned off. The BMW takes two consecutive, as it manages to put the power down. That said, the Accord was still closing the gap.

Can the Honda Accord Sport 2.0t Take On The BMW 330iX In a Drag Race?
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The BMW also takes 2 wins, but only after both cars turn traction control off

The final two races were done from a 50 km/h rolling start. The first one was in normal mode, but with sport mode for the transmission, while the second rolling race was in full-on sport mode and with traction control off. In both cases the Honda kicked down earlier and rocketed ahead, leaving the more expensive BMW in the dust, with no chance of catching up. A shocking revelation, considering BMW advertises its products as some of the most performance-oriented premium vehicles.

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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