Mazda Axela 23S (Hōfu) vs Honda Civic (EK) Type-R (Suzuka)
*** Round 1 *** Price ***
Mazda - 19500cr
Honda Civic Type R 9 ::: Mazda Axela 23S - 10
*** Round 2 *** Paint chips ***
Honda 3 (three)
Mazda - 9 (nine)(Bonus point for having a dark green? Not really, as it is a very grey hue.)
Honda Civic Type R 8(17) ::: Mazda Axela 23S - 10(20)
*** Round 3 *** Powah ***
Honda - 182bhp (176bhp on the track)
Mazda - 168bhp (169bhp on the track)
Honda Civic Type R 10(27) ::: Mazda Axela 23S - 9(29)
*** Round 4 *** Weight ***
Honda - 1050kg 59:41
Mazda - 1260kg 59:41
Big old chunk of weight on that Mazda to huff about...
Honda Civic Type R 10(37) ::: Mazda Axela 23S - 7(36)
*** Round 5 *** Torque ***
Honda - 16.3kgfm
Mazda - 21.8kgfm
But a big old chunk of grunty torque to balance out the weight
Honda Civic Type R 8(45) ::: Mazda Axela 23S - 10(46)
*** Round 6 *** I Feel the Need - Historic Route X Part 1***
Velocity at the 5000m split (Top of the Bridge)
This really shows how much oomph the engine has to grind a car up that incline. (Really I should have noted the time but when has my scoring ever been consistent!)
Honda - 143mph
Mazda - 138mph
Honda Civic Type R 10(55) ::: Mazda Axela 23S - 9(55)
*** Round 7 *** I Feel the Need - Historic Route X Part 2***
Vmax at the 20000m - Mid way along the back straight - Ever wondered what is the top speed of each car is,in clean air, on the flat... Wonder no more!
Honda - 154mph
Mazda - 152mph
Honda Civic Type R 10(65) ::: Mazda Axela 23S - 9(64)
*** Round 8 *** I Feel the Need - Historic Route X Part 3***
Full Lap time
Honda - 7m39.300
Mazda - 7m47.571
Honda Civic Type R 10(75) ::: Mazda Axela 23S - 9(73)
Eight Hard rounds of head to head - and the Honda is just ahead mostly due to being faster, lighter and more powerful. The Mazda scored well in other important areas such as price and paint chips. Oh and it has much more torque. which is a good job as while I was in the passenger seat at Route X I noticed the Mazda only has 4 forward gears... what is this 1970?
*** Round 9 *** Looks ***
Honda - Now it is much less fussy smooth sleek uncluttered ... boringly understated
Mazda - Maybe it is just me but this Mazda isn't pretty, sharp "Bangle" like lines make me think of a BMW M5 hatch back concept... It looks big and bulky probably as it is a Japanese car sized for the more portly American/European (Big bum) market. Another thing that hurt it in my eyes was the MX-5's and RX-7 all around it... and I had to pick this frumpy dumpy car.
Honda Civic Type R 10(85) ::: Mazda Axela 23S - 9(82)
*** Round 10 *** 450pp seasonal at Autumn Ring Mini in Autumn***
Honda - 46.4 - 3m30.8 (best of two runs)
Mazda - 46.3 - 3m30.0 (Single attempt)
I gave the Honda two goes and I managed to go slower on my second run, Like a Soldier! The Mazda felt very compromised with its lower revs and modest number of gear ratios, but once I accepted that I got on with it, and beat the Honda on that "get a feel for the car" first run... who knows what would have happened if I applied myself. I was very surprised with the lap time.
Honda Civic Type R 8(93) ::: Mazda Axela 23S -10(92)
*** Round 11 *** How does it drive ***
Honda - underwhelming, the Engine had promise but the gears felt a bit too wide in the 2nd/3rd gear transition. The car was front wheel drive so you (Ryk anyhow) never get much out of it in terms of feel, Thankfully it was light so it didn't kill the tyres but corners were still painful to navigate at speed.
Mazda - The gears are few, 1st does you to 40mph or so - 2nd does the guts of the driving and 3rd deals with speeds of over 75mph which at Autumn Ring meant I was in 2nd gear for most of the lap, thankfully the car has a deeper fatter power curve so you can rely on the engine to muscle you about. The car may have had added weight and less power but it felt easier to boss about a track - Maybe the extra width (track) of the car gave the fronts a bit more stability letting you maintain traction. During my run I thought it was going to be smoked by the Civic, The Engine is much less of a demanding high revs diva. The 2.2 litre just burbles on. Deceptively Fast.
Honda Civic Type R 9(102) ::: Mazda Axela 23S - 10(102)
*** Round 12 *** Engine note ***
Honda - Christina Aguilera at the Super bowl half time advertisement pageant - ridiculous little screech-ah!
Mazda - Luciano Pavarotti at the World Cup - None shall sleep.
Big old lump or an over stressed midget? The Honda sounds better, more racy, The Mazda's 2.2 litre plods along with little fanfare.
Honda Civic Type R 10(112) ::: Mazda Axela 23S - 9(111)
*** Final Round *** 450pp seasonal at Autumn Ring Mini in Autumn - AGAIN!***
Mazda - 46.1 - 3m29.6 (Mazda - Run 1)
Mazda - 46.4 - 3m28.9 (Mazda - Run 2)(Both times lost to a Honda NSX)
The Mazda has set the pace - And for once I've improved my times (Which are not optimal as traffic and me being a slowpoke!)
Can the Honda take the Round and ... the match up?
Honda - 46.6 - 3m29.9 (Honda - Run 1) (Actually won the event! Beating up three Mazda RX-7's - 666,000 kazulas well earned!)
Honda - 46.4 - 3m29.3 (Honda - Run 2) (Only second - 400,000 credits to cry into!)
Well I expected the Civic to win, but the Axela just edged it. So the first generation Axel beat the 6th Generation Civic. Gah now I have Harold Faltermeyer's Axel-F in my head. (Replacing a dancing 39 year old Toni Basil's "Mickey")
Honda Civic Type R 8(120) ::: Mazda Axela 23S - 10(121)
So Ryk recommends the Harold Faltermeyer Axel-F (Not the Crazy Frog thing)
Axel F approves of the Axel A victory, Yesterday