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Civic Type R Takes On Defender Works V8 In Brilliantly Silly Drag Race

In this surprisingly well-matched drag race from Top Gear, Honda's hot hatch takes on Land Rover's limited-run Defender

Remind me later

On the face of it, getting a 316bhp Honda Civic Type R together with a Land Rover Defender Works V8 seems like an odd choice.

But that 5.0-litre N/A V8 in the £150k Landie (yep, it’s really cost that much) has to work against a kerb weight approaching two tonnes and the less than ideal aerodynamic properties of what’s essentially a box with wheels, which means the power advantage is neutralised.

The Defender Works is Powerful, but also quite heavy. And not exactly a slippery shape, either...
The Defender Works is Powerful, but also quite heavy. And not exactly a slippery shape, either...

That makes this race unbelievably close. Whoever decided to dub over the noise of what sounds like a Audi R8’s V10 and McLaren V8 of some sort at the 36-37sec mark needs a stern talking to, but regardless, this is one very interesting straight-line tussle.