Which Generation Honda Civic Type R Would Win In A Drag Race?

It’s the battle of the quirky rear ends as multiple generations of the Civic Type R line up against each other on this conveniently dry runway.

The oldest model to partake in this race is the EP3, or the second-generation Type R. Back in the early to mid 2000’s, this car was critically acclaimed by motoring journalists across the globe and all these years later, we can still understand why.

To its right, the futuristic-looking FN2 third-gen model, followed by the more powerful and lighter Mugen version.

What follows are the turbocharged 4th and 5th-gen models, namely the FK2 and the FK8. These two feature more than 100 extra horses compared to the 2nd and 3rd-gen cars (excluding the Mugen version) – so it was always going to be a matter of how well the latter can keep up, instead of some sort of upset result.

The winner of this drag race covered a 1/4 mile in 13.9 seconds, whereas the runner-up needed 14.2 seconds. Yet, what may not surprise you is that it came down to a photo finish between the EP3 and the regular FN2, you know, since the two have nearly identical horsepower figures.

  • SteersUright

    Why do so many of these English reviewers feel the need to giggle and scream to deliver a false sense of elated excitement? You never see the true pro’s (Clarkson, Chris Harris, etc) engaging in such juvenile antics and it just comes across as false, forced, and utterly irritating. That said, this guy is pretty good outside of his giggling and screaming. Someone just needs to tell him he and his audience aren’t 10-yr old girls.

    • fabri99

      I agree. I’ve always like Watson as a reviewer, but lately I’ve had a feeling of him being too forced sometimes. Chris Harris (the best of the best in my opinion) gets excited about cars too, but you get hysterical giggling on cars like the Ariel Atom. For a Civic, it’s a bit too much.

  • LWOAP

    Disappointed there wasn’t an EK9.

  • fabri99

    The FN2 has always been my favourite, I still think it is one of the best looking hatches ever. On the other side though, the excitement surrounding the EP3 is hard to ignore. It’s tight between the two.

    • Matt

      The FN2 was widely panned as being the worst Type-R ever.

      • fabri99

        I’ve heard and read a lot about it, yet I’d like to drive one to really judge. Plus, it would be an absolute disappointment if it turned out to be terrible, so I’d rather ignore you and keep on believing the FN2 is as good as it looks.

  • Tristan

    I want the 99-200 type r.

  • PG

    So they are missing the first Gen and Imo the better looking type R, the FD2 Civic Type R.

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