The Honda Civic SiR was, and still is, one of the most sought-after sedans that came out from the 1990s. It’s sporty but practical, and with a little bit of cajoling (and/or mods) from the driver, it is a very potent track weapon.
But what if the Civic SiR raced against a modern car? Well to find the answer to that, celebrity car enthusiast Ramon Bautista organized a drag race in-between the aforementioned 1990s legend against the modern Geely Coolray. Yes, this is certainly an unusual match-up.
The Geely Coolray and Honda Civic SiR lining up for battle [Photo: Ramon Bautista]
Mind you, this race was mostly for fun, but then again, it provided us a glimpse as to how a modern car like the Coolray performs if driven hard. And of course, we also got to see how a well-maintained example of a Civic SiR flexes its muscles.
Let’s watch the video. Skip to the 28:00-minute mark if you just want to see the race.
1998 Honda Civic SiR vs Geely Coolray Drag Race Battle
To sum it up, the quarter-mile duel between the Honda Civic SiR and the Geely Coolray was a four-round bout. Two of the first were off-the-line starts, and the latter two were rolling starts.
On the first-ever race, the Civic SiR jumped the gun a little bit and thus won. Or maybe, the Coolray’s driver just hesitated. It was the first round after all.
On the second round, the Honda managed to beat the Chinese-made crossover by using an age-old drag race tactic, which is revving high to keep its engine in the optimal power-band, then dumping the clutch.
We can’t really tell for sure if the driver of the Civic SiR really did that, but we’re guessing that he did. As for the Coolray, it couldn’t do that since it has an automatic tranny.
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The Geely Coolray managing to pass the Civic SiR on the rolling start drag race
On both the rolling start rounds, the Geely Coolray managed to win as it was given the opportunity to stretch its legs a bit earlier. Of note, it can make 177 horsepower and 255 Nm of torque at the maximum.
That’s more than the Civic SiR’s 160 horsepower and 150 Nm of torque. And yes, having more torque is particularly advantageous in a drag race.
As Ramon Bautista said in the video, what’s important at the end of the day was that both the drivers had fun. If you want to read more fun, informative, as well as helpful car-focused articles, keep it here on Philkotse.com.
Know more about Honda Civic 2021
Currently, the Honda Civic compact sedan is now in its 10th generation. It was first introduced back in April 2016, and currently it has three variants. Under the hood, the 10th-gen Civic for the Philippine market has two engine options. The Civic RS uses a 1.5-liter turbocharge inline-4 that can make up to 171 horsepower and 220 Nm of torque. The second engine option is a naturally-aspirated 1.8-liter inline-4 that can produce a maximum of 139 horsepower and 174 Nm of torque. All variants use a continuously variable transmission, which sends all power to the front wheels.
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