Video: Honda Civic Type R vs Mercedes-AMG A35 vs MINI JCW Clubman drag race…on KLIA’s runway!

We really went all-in on this one. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen because it’s never been done before. For the first time ever, KLIA opened its runway to us for some drag racing!

Given the opportunity, we shot more than just this video and they’ll be aired in the coming weeks so be sure to stay tuned.

As for this first and most special video, not only did we pit three exciting hot hatchbacks against each other but also got a real driver, former Malaysian Formula 1 driver, Alex Yoong, for a special appearance with the little boys.

Given his higher competency behind the wheel, we decided to leave him with the only car with a (6-speed) manual gearbox, the FK8 Honda Civic Type R.

As for the boys, Dominic went for the MINI JCW Clubman with an 8-speed automatic, leaving GC Mah with the quick-shifting 7-speed dual-clutch transmission in the Mercedes-AMG A 35 4MATIC. You see where this is going right?

In terms of output, they couldn’t be more similar although the JCW Clubman stands out with just a little more torque. All three are powered by 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engines with just over 300 hp but unlike the AMG A 35 and the Civic Type R (400 Nm), the Clubman puts out 450 Nm.

How does that translate on the tarmac? Can Alex’s driving talent make up for the slower-shifting manual gearbox, while the other two merely press switches in the Mercedes-AMG and MINI? Only one way to find out!


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