The horsepower-obsessed guys over at Hoonigan dropped yet another episode of their long-running This vs. That drag racing series this week, which pits two quirky performance cars against one another in a series of drag races. This latest episode features a naturally aspirated 1994 Honda Civic facing off against a particularly unique GM vehicle that was never offered for sale to the general public: a Chevy Caprice PPV.
The Chevy Caprice PPV was imported to the United States from Australia as a fleet vehicle for law enforcement and other government agencies between 2010 and 2017. Based on the Australian-market Holden Commodore, the Caprice PPV rode on an elongated GM Zeta platform and was offered with an aluminum 6.0L L77 V8 producing roughly 355 horsepower. With a solid rear-wheel-drive platform and an available V8 engine, it’s no surprise that the enthusiast community has now flocked to the Caprice PPV as a relatively inexpensive platform for building a custom performance sedan.
The Chevy Caprice in this video was purchased at a police auction and features a supercharged version of the factory L77 V8, along with an upgraded 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission. The owner estimates it’s making about 600 horsepower at the wheels and weighs around 4,580 pounds. In the other corner sits a naturally aspirated Honda Civic with a non-VTEC Honda B-series bottom end and a DOHC VTEC head. It makes roughly 280 horsepower on gas only and over 450 horsepower on nitrous – making it a very worthy rival for the supercharged ex-cop car. It also weighs just 2,450 pounds, giving it a slight advantage on paper. Both cars are also equipped with slicks on their respective driven wheels.
Check out the video embedded below to see which of these unconventional performance cars comes out on top.