Watch A FWD Honda Civic With A CVT Turn The Tables On An All-Wheel-Drive BMW 330i
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Watch A FWD Honda Civic With A CVT Turn The Tables On An All-Wheel-Drive BMW 330i

There’s a catch, though – the Civic is the Hulk and not Bruce Banner

Sam uploaded another fun drag race video on his YouTube channel, Sam CarLegion, this time involving a BMW 330i and a tuned Honda Civic. Well, even the 330i is slightly tuned, but not as much as the Civic. The two cars have quite a lot of differences. The Civic is mated to a CVT that powers the front wheels, whereas the BMW features an eight-cog automatic with an all-wheel-drive system. The BMW is almost 500 heavier as well. While the Civic makes 25 more horses than the Bimmer, the latter makes 60 pound-feet of torque more. But, in the end, none of it mattered because a budget family sedan on steroids beats a marque German car! How about that!

The Civic’s Got More Horses But Less Torque

Watch A FWD Honda Civic With A CVT Turn The Tables On An All-Wheel-Drive BMW 330i
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The Honda Civic is powered 1.5-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine. In the stock form, it puts out 174 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque.

This example, however, is tuned to make 300 horses and 240 pound-feet of torque.

Power is routed to the front wheels via a CVT.

Watch A FWD Honda Civic With A CVT Turn The Tables On An All-Wheel-Drive BMW 330i
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The BMW 330i xDrive, on the other hand, comes with a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine under the hood.

It puts out 255 ponies and 295 pound-feet of twist in the stock form, but this slightly tuned example produces 275 horses and 300 pound-feet of torque.

An eight-speed automatic gearbox powers all four wheels here.

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Courtesy of the all-wheel-drive system, the BMW 330i is a lot heavier than the 3,104-pound Honda Civic, tipping the scales at 3,686 pounds. Given that the Civic is tuned to make a lot more power than the stock model, it boasts a power-to-weight ratio of 0.097 hp/lb, significantly more than the 330i’s 0.069 hp/lb ratio.

Two Drag Race, Two Roll Races, But Same Result

Watch A FWD Honda Civic With A CVT Turn The Tables On An All-Wheel-Drive BMW 330i
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The first race was in Sport mode with the traction control on. The German was the quicker one off the line, which was expected given the all-wheel drive and the eight-speed gearbox. But, it didn’t take the Civic too long to get past the BMW and bury it before the finish line. They gave it a shot once again in the same settings, but there were no surprises here as the Civic won the race again.

Watch A FWD Honda Civic With A CVT Turn The Tables On An All-Wheel-Drive BMW 330i
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The third round was a rolling race from 50 kph (31 mph), with both cars in their sportiest settings. Unlike the previous times, the BMW wasn’t able to get a headstart in the roll race at kickdown. This allowed it to beat the BMW by a huge margin. The next roll race was also in sport settings, but the traction control turned off. Also, Sam would be manually shifting the gears this time around. The race started, and surprisingly, the Civic walked all over the 330i yet again without breaking a sweat. A 4-0 win for the Honda Civic over the BMW 330i.

Watch A FWD Honda Civic With A CVT Turn The Tables On An All-Wheel-Drive BMW 330i
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Swipe up to watch the video and see the BMW get humiliated by a cheaper family sedan

Watch the video below and share your thoughts about the race with us in the comments section.

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