0-60 Times and Top Speed: Civic Type R vs. Mini John Cooper Works GP
Edmunds has a private test facility where we independently verify the performance claims of the manufacturers. We tested both the Mini and the Honda on the same day and in the same conditions.
First, the Mini. Our test car accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds and cleared the quarter-mile in 13.2 seconds at a speed of 108.5 mph. These are outstanding figures for a front-wheel-drive hatchback.
For the Civic Type R, we recorded a 0-60 mph sprint in 5.7 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 13.8 seconds at 103.6 mph. For straight-line speed, the Mini is the clear winner here.
In our 60-0 mph brake tests, the Mini stopped marginally more quickly than the Honda, requiring 105 feet versus 107. On the skidpad, however, the situation was reversed. The Civic generated 1.03 g of grip compared to 0.99 g of grip for the Mini. Both, though, are excellent figures.
We weren’t able to verify the top speeds, but for the record Honda claims 169 mph for the Type R with the Mini hitting a claimed 165 mph.