Watch A Tuned Civic Grow A Pair And Take On Its Cousin, The Acura TLX Type S, In A Drag Race
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Watch A Tuned Civic Grow A Pair And Take On Its Cousin, The Acura TLX Type S, In A Drag Race

Despite the tune-up, the Civic doesn’t make as much power as the TLX, but it is much lighter

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The Acura TLX is an underrated sedan that excels in almost all departments, especially the driving dynamics. Add the Type S masala to it and you have yourself a sporty sedan that offers a decent luxury cred as well. Sam from ‘Sam CarLegion’ brought an Acura TLX Type S to the drag strip to take on a Honda Civic Touring. It doesn’t seem too fair, does it? But, this isn’t a stock Civic. It’s been tuned to put out 120 horses more than what it comes with. It’s still a lot less than what the TLX churns out, but the Civic is over 1,000 pounds lighter, too. The Civic enters this race as an underdog, but do you think it can trump its more powerful cousin?

The Civic Is Tuned, But Still Makes Fewer Horses Than The TLX

Watch A Tuned Civic Grow A Pair And Take On Its Cousin, The Acura TLX Type S, In A Drag Race
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The Acura TLX Type S is powered by a 3.0-liter, turbocharged V-6 engine that makes 355 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of twist. A 10-speed automatic gearbox drives all four wheels here
The Acura TLX Type S comes with a 3.0-liter, turbocharged V-6 engine under the hood. It puts out 355 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque.

A 10-speed automatic gearbox drives all four wheels here. It is on the heavier side, weighing in at 4,179 pounds.

Watch A Tuned Civic Grow A Pair And Take On Its Cousin, The Acura TLX Type S, In A Drag Race
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The Honda Civic Touring comes with a 1.5-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder mill that is tuned to put out 300 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque. Front wheels are powered via a CVT

The Honda Civic Touring is powered by a 1.5-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder mill that makes 180 horses and 177 pound-feet of torque in the stock form.

This Civic, however, is tuned, and churns out 300 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque.

Power is channeled to the front wheels exclusively via a CVT. It tips the scales at 3,140 pounds, which makes it more than 1,000 pounds lighter than its cousin.

That Was An Interesting Bunch Of Races

Watch A Tuned Civic Grow A Pair And Take On Its Cousin, The Acura TLX Type S, In A Drag Race
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The cars took part in two drag races and two roll races. The drag races belonged to the TLX Type S. It dominated both the rounds right from the starting line to the finish line. The Acura weighs a lot more than the Honda, but let’s not forget it’s got a bigger V-6 that makes more power, and also an all-wheel-drive system that hooks better off the line. Well, 2-0 to the Acura in the drag races.

Watch A Tuned Civic Grow A Pair And Take On Its Cousin, The Acura TLX Type S, In A Drag Race
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Next up were the roll races from 31 mph. This is where things changed. At kickdown, the Civic managed to sprint much better than the TLX Type S in the first round. Also, it wasn’t a close race by any means. The Civic won it convincingly.

Watch A Tuned Civic Grow A Pair And Take On Its Cousin, The Acura TLX Type S, In A Drag Race
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For the second race, they were both slotted in the sportiest settings and manual shifting for the gearbox in the Acura. The Civic has a CVT, so no manual shifting there

So, for the second roll race, the cars were slotted in their sportiest settings. Sam in the TLX Type S decided to shift the gears manually. The Civic couldn’t manually shift since it doesn’t have any gears, so it would continue the same way (the only way, rather). The TLX managed to get a better kickdown and take a lead over its tuned cousin. But, a few seconds later, the Civic picked paces and managed to pip the Acura to get another win.

Watch A Tuned Civic Grow A Pair And Take On Its Cousin, The Acura TLX Type S, In A Drag Race
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Swipe up to watch the video and read about the race in detail

One interesting observation, however, is that Sam said he’ll shift the gears manually, but he didn’t. As he said in the video, he didn’t need to consider it as the TLX hooked better at kickdown. But, do you think manual shifting could have made any change to the result in the last race given how close they ended? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section after watching the video below.


Sidd Dhimaan
Sidd Dhimaan
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Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. Fast forward to today, and he is currently serving as a senior editor, pickup truck expert, and EV expert.  Read full bio
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