Another day, another unique drag race brought to you Hoonigan. This time it is between 1994 Honda Civic hatchback and a 2018 Audi TT RS coupe Sure, they come with inline engines, but unlike the Civic, which has virtually no original parts other than the body, the TT RS still has a stock engine block with fewer aftermarket parts. Both cars have an all-wheel drive system, so starting these beasts is a breeze. Audi’s 2.5-liter inline-five in the TT RS is a caged beast with tons of power, as this drag race showed, but the Civic is the clear winner in terms of power.
1,085 horsepower Honda Civic hatchback vs. 900 horsepower Audi TT RS
The first candidate for the drag race is the 1994 Honda Civic hatchback, which has a fully assembled engine. This is the fifth generation Civic, which was introduced back in 1991. Known to be one of the most efficient cars sold in the US at the time, we can’t say the same now. Gone is the standard 1.6-liter four with a modest 92 horsepower and 97 pound-feet of torque. Instead, the owner fitted the K24 with K20 parts, meaning he got components from two high-performance vintage Honda engines. The engine has a lower block with a Honda Accordcylinder head from an Acura RSX (or Honda Integra if you’re from Japan), the all-wheel drive system from a CR-V, aftermarket connecting rods and pistons. In addition, the exhaust tips are located right next to the engine, as well as a massive single turbocharger. Put it all together and the result is 1,085 horsepower with 38 pound-feet of boost, which is ridiculous for a light hatchback.
On the other side of the drag strip is the 2018 Audi TT RS, a two-door compact coupe with decent power. But it was tuned for a whopping 900 horsepower. The 2018 model year TT RS is a pre-facelift model, and it produced 400 horsepower from a single-turbo 2.5-liter inline-five engine. The engine still has a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and drives all four wheels. TT RS owner installed connecting rods, pistons and secondary turbo kit. He also installed a 525 liter discharge tank in the engine compartment. The owner admits that despite this monster of tuning, his TT RS has not been driven to the drag strip. So it would be interesting to see how the 900 horsepower TT RS coupe with an automatic box stacks up against the 1,085 horsepower Civic with a manual transmission.
Who do you think will win the drag race?
It’s surely the easiest thing to predict that a tuned Civic will win the race, right? But it’s not as easy as you might think, considering the TT RS is no gimmick. Yes, the Civic makes 195 more horsepower than the TT RS at about 2,500 pounds, making it a good 600 pounds lighter than the Audi. But the one area where the Audi shines is the seven-speed DCT gearbox, which will shift more precisely compared to the five-speed manual. But you still have to watch the video to find out the winner. If you are surprised by the result, let us know in the comments below.