Old vs New: video drag race challenge

Which is fastest, the high tech newcomer or the lightweight old-school classic? Our Old vs New drag race challenge finds out...

Ever wondered if those iconic classic cars can still hold their own against their modern counterparts? We decided to put the venerable classics head-to-head with their high tech descendants in a drag race with a twist.

To make it more interesting the old cars get a head start based on their age. But can the more powerful new cars still beat them? Place your bets then watch our videos to find out.

We’ve brought together the latest versions of the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Mazda MX-5 to face off against their respective originals on our runway. We've also matched the Vauxhall Astra GTE and the new Astra VXR as well as putting the the Ford Fiesta XR2 up against the modern day Fiesta ST. It's a mouthwatering prospect and we're sure you'll be surprised by the results.

Click through the links on the top left or below to watch the videos and see if the new models could prove their superiority, even with the older cars given a head start...

Old vs New drag race videos

Like a good drag race? Check out our epic Drag Race Shoot-out videos here...

Most Popular

New 2021 Kia EV6 boasts up to 328 miles of range
Kia EV6 - front
Kia EV6

New 2021 Kia EV6 boasts up to 328 miles of range

Kia reveals more specs for its bespoke electric car, with the EV6 offering long range and an 18-minute 80 per cent rapid recharge time
21 Jul 2021
New Vauxhall Crossland Griffin arrives to boost SUV’s appeal
Vauxhall Crossland Griffin
Vauxhall Crossland

New Vauxhall Crossland Griffin arrives to boost SUV’s appeal

The new Vauxhall Crossland Griffin undercuts the SE on price, but adds more equipment
26 Jul 2021
New 2021 Audi RS 3: 395bhp mega hatch priced from £50,900
Audi RS 3 Sportback - front
Audi RS3

New 2021 Audi RS 3: 395bhp mega hatch priced from £50,900

Full exterior and interior reveal for Audi RS 3, with aggressive styling and racy cabin to match strong performance
19 Jul 2021