Old NSX vs. New Civic Type R in Epic Honda Battle

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Honda Motor Company’s greatest sports car takes on their newest performance car in a series of thrilling races.

It can be argued that the Honda NSX (or the Acura NSX, if you prefer) is the greatest performance car in the history of Honda Motor Company. The newest performance car from the Japanese automaker is the Civic Type R and in the video above, the team from the carwow YouTube channel puts the two go-fast machines head-to-head in a series of races.

NSX Vs Civic Type R Dig Race

Racing from a Dig

The first race pits the 2005 NSX against the 2017 Civic Type R in a standing drag race. The two run down the quarter-mile, although the race takes more than 30 seconds to watch with the wonders of the production process.


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Not surprisingly, the rear-drive NSX gets away from the starting line better than the front-drive Civic, with the sleek supercar pulling out to a big early advantage. Over the course of the race, the Type R slowly reels in the NSX, but the mid-engine machine gets to the finish line first – but only by a narrow margin.

Honda NSX

In the end, the NSX runs a 13.5 while the Civic runs a 13.6, with the Honda/Acura supercar wining by just over a length.


Next, the two Honda performance cars go at it in a roll race staring at 50 miles per hour in third gear. On go, they both hammer down and the Civic Type R immediately jumps ahead.

2017 Civic Type R

From there, the new hatchback just keeps on walking away, handing the supercar a beating from a roll.

Stopping Battle

Finally, the 2005 NSX and the 2017 Civic Type R went head-to-head to see which could get stopped faster from 70 miles per hour. They raced to a cone and when they got there, both drivers slammed on the brakes. The NSX stopped quickly, but the Civic stopped a few feet shorter.

NSX Vs Civic Honda Stopping

Crank up your speakers and enjoy this series of battles between the classic Honda NSX and the new Civic Type R.

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A lifetime automotive expert, diehard Dodge fan, and respected auto journalist for over 10 years, Patrick Rall is highly experienced in the automotive world. He has clocked in time as an auto mechanic, longtime drag racer and now auto journalist who contributes to nearly a dozen popular websites dedicated to fellow enthusiasts.

“Before I was old enough to walk, my dad was taking me to various types of racing events, from local drag racing to the Daytona 500,” says Rall. “He owned a repair shop and had a variety of performance cars when I was young, but by the time I was 16, he was ready to build me my first drag car: a 1983 Dodge Mirada that ran low 12s. I spent 10 years traveling around the country, racing with my dad by my side. While we live in different areas of the country, my dad still drag races at 80 years old in the car that he built when I was 16. Meanwhile, I race other vehicles, including my 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and my 1972 Dodge Demon 340.

“Although I went to college for accounting, my time in my dad’s shop growing up allowed me the knowledge to spend time working as a mechanic before getting my accounting degree, at which point I worked in the office of a dealership group,” adds Rall. “While I was working in the accounting world, I continued racing and taking pictures of cars at the track. Over time, I began showing off those pictures online and that led to my writing.

“Ten years ago, I left the accounting world to become a full-time automotive writer and I am living proof that if you love what you do, you will never ‘work’ a day in your life. I love covering the automotive industry and everything involved with the job. I was fortunate to turn my love of the automotive world into a hobby that led to an exciting career, with my past of working as a mechanic and as an accountant in the automotive world provides me with a unique perspective of the industry.

“My experience drag racing for more than 20 years coupled with a newfound interest in road racing over the past decade allows me to push performance cars to their limit, while my role as a horse stable manager gives me vast experience towing and hauling with all of the newest trucks on the market today.

“Being based on Detroit, I never miss the North American International Auto Show, the Woodward Dream Cruise and Roadkill Nights, along with spending plenty of time raising hell on Detroit’s Woodward Avenue with the best muscle car crowd in the world.”

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