• Jul 19, 2013
A few years back, Chevrolet ran a commercial that poked fun at Honda lawn mowers. In the ad, former NFL star and current analyst Howie Long gestures toward a red mower and admits, "Honda does make something that we just can't compete with." Little did Chevy know that Honda would later develop a lawnmower capable of keeping up with a stock Corvette.

A few years back, Chevrolet ran a commercial that poked fun at Honda lawn mowers. In the ad, former NFL star and current analyst Howie Long gestures toward a red mower and admits, "Honda does make something that we just can't compete with." Little did Chevy know that Honda would later develop a lawnmower capable of keeping up with a stock Corvette.

Honda calls the high-performance maintenance machine the Mean Mower. Built in collaboration with British Touring Car Championship's Team Dynamics, Honda claims the Mean Mower is capable of reaching 60 miles per hour in an estimated 4 seconds, or .2 seconds faster than Chevrolet's estimate for their base 2013 Corvette Coupe.

Granted, comparing cars to lawn mowers is apples and oranges. Someone should tell Howie.

Honda Mean Mower

The Mean Mower is powered by a 109 horsepower, 1000cc VTR 1000F Firestorm engine and can reach an estimated top speed of 133 miles per hour. Based on Honda's HF2620 riding mower, the Mean Mower features a custom chassis, bespoke suspension and ATV wheels. Perhaps coolest of all, it can still cut grass at low speeds.

"One of the key challenges is that this has never been done before, to our knowledge, and so there are few learnings to call upon," said Pete Crolla of Team Dynamics. "From an engineering perspective, retaining the look of the mower, and the ability to still cut grass were the biggest challenge."

Even the BBC's Top Gear got in on the Mean Mower action, sending their famous masked driver "The Stig" on a lap in the video below.



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      • 2 Days Ago
      And can u tell me why anyone would want to go 60 mph on a lawnmower?
        • 2 Days Ago
        I agree with Mike... Because it can! And if you have two of them we can race them!!!
        mg9mike
        • 2 Days Ago
        Just because you can, if I have to explain it you just would not understand it anyway.
      avl14
      • 2 Days Ago
      have a husqvarna lawn mower with a 23hp it is faster than one ever gonna cut grass any faster just not gonna cut the lawn
      Brutal
      • 2 Days Ago
      A souped-up 4-wheeler disguised as a lawn mower. A major contribution to mankind. Don't even ask how much money they spent building it or where and how that money could have been better spent. Sheesh!
        James G. Banks
        • 2 Days Ago
        @Brutal
        And the Corvette is any better? Chevrolette keeps men that can no longer get it up happy about themselves.
      • 2 Days Ago
      Grab your sun glasses and helmet because its 45 acres of sheer fun !
      • 2 Days Ago
      George Jones would have wanted one of these.
        • 2 Days Ago
        But I repeat myself.
      James G. Banks
      • 2 Days Ago
      Put a tow package on the back for a wagon or a popup tent and make it street legal, and you could have the Swiss army knife/ I-phone of the road. It cuts grass, tills the garden, picks up garden/farm supplies/ and gets groceries. now that would be a treat.
      samsrm
      • 2 Days Ago
      Wow could cut my mowing time down to around 3 mins., what kind of mileage does it get ????
      • 2 Days Ago
      I got an idea, put the small engine from the honda in one of the (Ford) Lincoln Products and make a "Lincolnator" If you can mount a mower on the back then mow your grass when you can't afford the gas.
        porkmcjuicy
        • 2 Days Ago
        That is a piece of genius my friend...Make mowing a family affair, so the kids can ride up front (and ignore him while they text) and watch dad mow the grass instead of being inside playing video games when hes outside sweating! You are a man ahead of your time!
      ecornelius61
      • 2 Days Ago
      hey sunshine for you
      alfredschrader
      • 2 Days Ago
      No glovebox.
      dal
      • 2 Days Ago
      Really?!
      Gene Taylor
      • 2 Days Ago
      I would drive this to work, if I had a job. Had a job before Obama. Probably won't have another job for a long time, particularly if Miss Piggy (Hilary) happens to hit what once upon a time was the privileged position of our great nation. Better get very use to seeing Honda products as those type brands are going to be the normal in our country that no longer produces much. Where or where have the real men gone ????
        speech
        • 2 Days Ago
        @Gene Taylor
        you are NOT blaming the ones who are really responsible .... the GOP and their wacky supporters that are halting positive progress in this Country
        rkeeeballs
        • 2 Days Ago
        @Gene Taylor
        Gee whiz Gene....you sound like a crack baby !
        Iselin007
        • 2 Days Ago
        @Gene Taylor
        The lost of manufacturing and other jobs has led to over retraining for jobs that the visas workers get anyway. The few occupational fields left in this country are over run with imported labor brought in to this country on visas yet the politicians are so blind and ignorant they just keep bringing them in.
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