The Toyota GR Yaris is the darling of the hot-hatch world right now, but it’ll need more than bucket-seats and buckets of rally-bred charm to beat the Honda Civic Type R in a drag race…
Tap the video to watch the race.
The Honda Civic Type R is one of the most hard-core hot hatches on sale. Its turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engines produces 320hp and 400Nm of torque – neither of which is to be sniffed at.
Some petrol heads might turn their noses up at the Type R’s front-wheel-drive setup, but its limited-slip differential and fabulous six-speed manual gearbox mean it’s still capable of some seriously speedy launches. Although, today it’ll be slightly hampered by a damp track surface…
This isn’t something that’ll trouble the GR Yaris – not with its rally-spec four-wheel-drive system. This makes use of two limited-slip differentials (the second as part of the optional Circuit Pack) to muster up as much grip as possible on a gravel-strewn rally stage (or a moist British runway, for that matter).
That cavernous black grille might look like it’s there to feed air to a fuel-hungry V8, but powering the GR Yaris is a 1.6-litre three-cylinder engine. Don’t write it off just yet, because this plucky turbocharged unit produces a respectable 261hp and a pretty amazing 360Nm of torque.
Despite lugging around a four-wheel-drive system and a few acres of air vents, the GR Yaris is 100kg lighter than the 1,380kg Civic Type R. It is a smidge more expensive, though – especially with the optional £3,500 Circuit pack. It’ll set you back £33,495, while the Type R carries a £32,820 price tag.
But which will win in this drag race? Watch the video to find out.
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