The new Honda Civic Type-R is currently Honda's fastest street car, but is it faster than the company's fastest motorcycle? A new video pits the automaker's turbocharged hot hatch against a Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP sport bike on the track. Each vehicle is piloted by a professional racer.
Matt Neal, from Honda Yuassa Racing and British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) fame, takes the helm of the Civic Type-R, while Dan Linfot, from British Superbike series, pilots the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP. First, the racers are given several laps around the Rockingham International Circuit in Northants, U.K. to familiarize themselves with the vehicles and the track.
The Honda Civic Type-R is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter VTEC four-cylinder rated 305 hp at 6,500 rpm and 295 lb-ft between 2,500 and 4,500 rpm. A six-speed manual transmission sends power to the front wheels. The Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP sports a naturally aspirated 1,000 cc inline-four rated 178 hp at 12,250 rpm and 84 lb-ft at 10,500 rpm.
With a dry track and the sport bike having a better power-to-weight ratio, the Honda Civic Type-R is given a 10-second head start to even up the race.
Check out the video below to see which sporty Honda-powered vehicle is fastest around the Rockingham International Circuit.