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Can the hottest hatch of all live with a supercar?

Can a Honda Civic Type R Mugen really keep up with an Audi R8 V10?

The Civic Type R Mugen is one of the world's maddest - and certainly its most expensive - hot hatch. The Audi R8 V10 is a classic mid-engined supercar.

See the exclusive Audi R8 V10 v Honda Civic Type R Mugen test pictures

Alternatively, you can watch the video here


The cars

The Honda has a transversely mounted four-cylinder engine that powers its front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox. It's engine has been massaged to produce 239bhp, and red lines just below 9000rpm. It costs £38,599.


The Audi has ten cylinders to the Honda's four, boasts 518bhp and has four-wheel drive and twice the torque of the Civic. The only thing Audi has that it doesn't need is weight - 1625kg to the Honda's 1233kg.


The contest

This is a shootout on a public road - and that's very relevant, because opportunities to use even half the Audi's potential in that environment are rare indeed.


The only way to drive in these conditions is well within the car's and your capabilities - and that's much easier to do in the Honda than the Audi.

The contest will run over one of our favourite Welsh mountain roads. Steve Sutcliffe and Jamie Corstorphine are driving - and swapping cars between runs to prove the driver isn't the variable.


The result

Put simply, whoever was following, and whichever car they were in, could keep up.


Why? Because on a public road the leading driver will always be at a disadvantage that not even an extra 279bhp can compensate for.

On a track the Audi would have destroyed the Honda, but track driving and fast, responsible road driving are two entirely different things.

Perhaps the most interesting conclusion after a day's driving was that both drivers agreed the Honda was more enjoyable to drive on the open roads. Simply more fun, more agile, less intimidating and a lot easier to get to the limits in.

The full comparison test is available in this week's Autocar magazine, on sale now.

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crashbangwallop 14 June 2010

Re: R8 V10 v Civic Type R Mugen

Lets have more of this Autocar! What about the R8 V10 against a Aston Martin Cygnet with a drag race held outside a school with speed humps and a speed limit of 15 mph? Will the man in a wheelchair be able to keep up?

Leslie Brook 12 June 2010

Re: R8 V10 v Civic Type R Mugen

Your telling me something I already know. In real world conditions super cars often have no advantage over more mundane material. I proved this myself some years ago when my wife and I passed a Murcielago in our Fiat Punto 55SX. In the stop start traffic of the Hanger Lane Gyratory he was unable to prevent me powering past in a daring 2nd gear overtaking manoeuvre.

andrepaul999 12 June 2010

Re: R8 V10 v Civic Type R Mugen

Its a great video, however its plain to see the lack of drama and compusure coming from the R8 compared to the 'frantic trying to keep up' from the Type R!!!

I know where id rather be!