• May 30, 2008
We've driven the Honda Civic Si, and have found it to be an entertaining vehicle to attack some twisties. A drag racer, though, it is most assuredly not. Sure, offering just shy of two-hundred horsepower from such a small engine is impressive, but the distinct lack of torque and the stratospheric rev-ceiling required to extract those ponies will surely limit the straight-line drag numbers. The new Dodge Challenger SRT8, on the other hand, does not require high-rev shenanigans in order to scorch the 1320, and this point is proven in the video posted after the break. Although only covering an eighth mile, the Challenger has no problem keeping the Si at bay. We're not knocking the Si, as this type of activity is clearly not its proper playground, but listen closely when playing the video and you'll hear that the Challenger's pilot was toying with the Civic driver. It's not until the last few hundred feet that the Hemi driver dips into the throttle, leading to a few chuckles from the crowd.

[Source: Youtube via Jalopnik]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      What the hell was the point of this post autoblog???
        • 6 Years Ago
        The problem is, after $18k, you're still left with a Civic.
        • 6 Years Ago
        This is definitely a DUH post. i guess it's some lighthearted humor for a friday post.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Frank:

        You know what I do with my civic - I smoke trucks around corners as they cross double yellow lines for some reason. Then I go pay $30 to fill up on gas. Yup. Never gets old.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Why this post clearly shows that a stock Dodge Challenger SRT8 is faster than a (presumably stock) 8th gen Honda Civic Si in a 660 feet drag race.

        *chuckle chuckle*

        Throw $18k worth of mods into the Civic Si and see who is laughing at the end of the day. (btw, $18k is difference of MSRP between a base Si and a SRT8)
        • 6 Years Ago
        This is pretty silly...does anybody not expect the SRT8 to be able to beat a FWD Civic?!
        What's next, videos of a Veyron vs a Taurus SHO?
        FWD cars aren't good for drag-racing (short of using impractical specific drag racing mods like a wheelie bar), and the car is down several hundred horsepower, so I don't see what the point is here.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @joe
        Duh, you can mod anything to be faster than just about anything else. So what you said it just stupid, and has no influence on anything. Have a cookie.
      • 6 Years Ago
      To all those saying they would dump 10k into a civic, put down your crack pipe and think what you just said. First of all ITS STILL A BORING CIVIC....and second you will never, ever see any of the money you put into your car ever again. At least the challenger has been in the past (60-70's) and probably will remain (the new ones) a classic in the future...which means an increase in value. I dont know of any people who will pay big bucks for any classic Honda Civics, SI or not.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Cool down... Very, very, very, very few people put anywhere near $10,000 into a Civic. The commenters on here are just letting their imaginations go crazy.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Still a Civic. I don't hate import cars, but I won't buy one....period. I do like my buddy's Integra..the most non-rice import car (is that a contradiction in terms?) that I've seen. Even my muscle car buddies like it.

      As much as I like the Challenger, I'll never own one, just not in my price range. I'll just keep my 360 Dodge Dart. Half the price of a Civic AND it'll outrun the Challenger (It is 800 pounds lighter, after all).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Enjoy the 13 mpg Challenger.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I was shocked when I found out that that really is the car's gas mileage... Unbelievable...

        By the way, today gas all around where I live was $4.21.
      • 6 Years Ago
      take it to the twisties.
      i'd like to see the Challenger keep up.
      even though i've read about its competent handling, i'd still bet on the Si to win. throw in the MUGEN Si (still less than the Challenger MSRP), and i'd bet my life the Challenger would be left behind.

      but the subject at hand is the Si.
      the Si may be FWD, but it's not a joke when it comes to handling.

      but true, the straight is not the playground of the Si or Honda's other high revving beast, the S2000.

      to each his own, though.
      i personally prefer corners to jetting off down a straight road.
        • 6 Years Ago
        skidpad, slalom, etc.

        those are all good performance benchmarks, but may not fully reflect a car's performance traits.

        i'm not refuting the challenger's power or it's competent handling for a very hefty car.
        but take this example, the Lancer Evolution X MR... which is about 3700-3800lbs, significantly heavier than its competition, performed last in all (if not most) of Inside Line's benchmark performance tests, getting beat out by the STi and the Evo X GSR. but when it actually came time to take it out to the track, they were able to pull the best time out of the Evo X MR. of course, i attribute that to Mitsubishi's all-wheel-drive system and sequential shift transmission which compensated for the Evo X MR's added weight.

        the point is that performance benchmarks do not tell the whole story.
        the Challenger doesn't have the luxury of having an AWD system that can competently lug its weight around like the Evolution X MR or the Nissan GT-R. what it does have is massive amounts of power thrown to the rear-wheels... and the weight that comes from making such immense power.

        i'm still confident on the Civic Si's capability of besting the Challenger on a twisted road course.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Not really..the Mugen Si can pull .92 on the skidpad, the Si can pull .87 and the challenger can pull .88, it's not a very significant difference and the Challenger would do way more than obliterate the civic any chance the driver could mash in the pedal just a little bit. Not too bad for a car that hefty.
          • 6 Years Ago
          Skidpad grip isn't really a good overall indicator of handling. Given a wide enough tire, a dump truck can pull a 1.0. Balance and agility matter more than raw g's.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Skidpad grip isn't really a good overall indicator of handling. Given a wide enough tire, a dump truck can pull a 1.0. Balance and agility matter a lot more than raw g's.
      Paul
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ok Im The Guy With The Red Civic And You Guys Are All Knocking On My Civic And This Is The Truth That Was The First Run Of The Night I Had No Heat In The Tires I Was Wheel Hopping All Of First Gear Short Shifted Second Vtec Took Forever To Kick In And I Had 3 Mph On It At The Big End Its Best Time Of The Night Was 9.17 Mine Was 9.10 And NO ITS NOT TURBO ITS N/A WITH CAI/DCRH/E/DRAG RADIALS
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Paul
        ugh. Please don't make the rest of us Si owners look bad with your screaming and god-awful grammar. Wait, did I miss a sarcastic post somewhere?

        Are you talking 1/8th mile? Who cares? The Si is meant for the course, twisties and the track, not the hillbilly airstrip.

        FFS!




      • 6 Years Ago
      Just as a note. It appears that this was taken during the filming of a segment for a show on G4 "Attack of the Show" In her defense, she's a reporter and said that it was her first time on the drag strip.

      http://www.g4tv.com/attackoftheshow/exclusives/61678/Dodge-Challenger-SRT8-Street-Test.html
      • 6 Years Ago
      That SRT8 should pick on someone it's own size, like the STi or Evo. It's always easy to win when you compete a class down from yourself. It's extremely difficult, and impressive when you take on a class above yourself (Like the vette and gtr) and still manage to go toe to toe.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I for one am amazed that a car with 3x the displacement, and 2x the cost won.
      • 6 Years Ago
      pretty funny stuff. I love that he toys with the guy, lol.

      on another note....MAN that thing sounds good...but what the hell is wrong with the exhaust on the civic? is it broken or something?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, in the end of the day, the guy in the challenger gets the girls :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why are people arguing which car is better here? Don't you know it's apples & oranges?

      Plus, who in here realizes that the Challenger is virtually silent in this race? The V8 you hear at the end is from the next car in line heating up its tires, not the Challenger getting back on the gas at the finish line.
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