It's a good time to be a hot hatch fan, particularly in Europe. Models like the Honda Civic Type R, Hyundai i30 N, and Renault Megane RS Cup 280 all have turbocharged engines that route their power to the front wheels. However, these models aren't created equal, and Top Gear now shows how they stack up in a drag race.
The Civic Type R is the horsepower leader of this trio. Its 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder makes 316 bhp and 295 pound-feet in the UK market. A six-speed manual with automatic rev-matching handles the gear changes.
Renault Megane RS is narrowly the second-most powerful member of this group. Its 1.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder produces 276 bhp and 288 lb-ft. The one in this clip has the six-speed manual, but a dual-clutch six-speed is available, too.
The I30 N slots into third with 271 bhp here because it has the optional Performance Pack. Without this equipment, the hot hatch would have 247 bhp. Like its two competitors here, this machine has a six-speed manual. Buyers will be able to get the Hyundai with a dual-clutch gearbox in late 2019, too.
With the specs clear, it's time to unleash these three on the drag strip. The results are quite clear when they cross the line because there's quite a distance between the first, second, and third place finishers.