These two are not exactly direct rivals, but they’re both hot hatches priced similarly… hence this video

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There’s no shortage of hot hatches on the market - in fact, the niche is becoming a rather cutthroat arena slowly but steadily. There’s also no doubt that two of its hottest representatives come from Honda and Mini, in the shape of the Civic Type R and the bonkers John Cooper Works GP. These two happen to make the subject of a recent comparo by Edmunds. Care to see which one came out on top?

Angry bulldog meets refreshed shinobi

For 2020, Honda made sure the Type R is as fresh as it can still be. Mechanically, we’re looking at retuned dampers and a reworked front suspension that promises better steering feel. Acoustically, drivers will be handed fake engine noises that vary in intensity according to the selected drive mode.

Price-wise, the 2020 Type R demands at least $37,950, for which you get the same tried and tested turbo’ed four-cylinder, 2.0-liter mill tuned to crank out 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of twist. A short-throw six-speed manual makes sure the front wheels are properly fed with the said resources.

Weird Comparison: Honda Civic Type R vs Mini John Cooper Works GP
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In the opposite corner, the 2020 Mini JCW GP looks like a trademark of Mini bonkerism. It’s the fastest, most powerful (and most expensive, by the way) Mini to come out of Oxford thanks to a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine with 302 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque - that’s 74 horses and 95 pound-feet more than a ‘regular’ Mini JCW. It, too, sends power to the front axle, but through an eight-speed auto. Starting sticker: $45,750.

Weird Comparison: Honda Civic Type R vs Mini John Cooper Works GP
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That said, just head to the video and see how these two fare on a track. They’re both built for such an environment, so they’re expected to perform at their best.

2020 Honda Civic Type R - Specs
Engine: 2.0-liter, four cylinder, turbocharged
Power: 306 hp @ 5200 rpm
Torque: 295 lb-ft @ 1250 rpm
Gearbox: 6-speed manual
Weight: 3,177 lb
0-60: n/a
Top speed: n/a
Price: $37,950
2020 Mini JCW GP - Specs
Engine: 2.0-liter, four cylinder, turbocharged
Power: 302 hp @ 5200 rpm
Torque: 331 lb-ft @ 1250 rpm
Gearbox: 8-speed auto
Weight: 2,855 lb
0-60: 5 seconds
Top speed: 165 mph
Price: $45,750
Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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