The 2021 Honda Odyssey Minivan Is Faster Than a Lamborghini

When you imagine a 2021 Honda Odyssey, chances are you’re thinking of its excellent tech features, safety, and space for large families. However, under the Odyssey’s hood lives a fairly rowdy engine with a decent bit of punch. As a result, it’s quicker off the line than some sports cars. In fact, it’ll hit 60 mph faster than a Lamborghini Countach. Here is how the minivan stacks up to the vintage supercar.

How fast is the 2021 Honda Odyssey?

A photo of the 2021 Honda Odyssey outdoors.
Honda Odyssey | Honda

The 2021 Honda Odyssey is powered by a simple yet robust naturally-aspirated engine. It’s a 3.5-liter V6, and it develops 280 hp and 262 lb-ft. A 10-speed automatic transmission then sends all of the available power to the front wheels. Given that the large Honda is a minivan, there is quite a bit of weight to move around, 4,574 lb to be exact. Despite this, the minivan managed to lay down some impressive figures during testing with Car and Driver.

According to Car and Driver, the Honda Odyssey managed to reach 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds. It is worth noting that the van Car and Driver tested was an Elite trim, meaning it is the heaviest version with all of the interior goodies. Despite this, the van could complete a 0-100 mph test in just 16.6 seconds. Take the Odyssey to a drag strip, and you’ll see a quarter-mile time of just 15.1 seconds at 95 mph. For context, that’s about as quick as a 2013 Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Given its minivan status, it won’t surprise you to learn that the Honda Odyssey is electronically limited to just 111 mph. As a result, it won’t leave behind many modern sports cars. However, that doesn’t stop it from being faster than a Lamborghini Countach.

The Countach just can’t keep up with the Odyssey

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The redesign of the Honda Odyssey was impressive for the 2021 model year. However, it was nothing compared to the excitement generated by the Lamborghini Countach’s arrival in the 1970s. Powering this vintage supercar is a 3.9-liter 12-cylinder naturally-aspirated engine. Total output is rated at 375 hp. Power goes to the rear wheels exclusively via a five-speed manual transmission.

Despite having twice as many cylinders as the 2021 Honda Odyssey, the minivan can more than keep up with this supercar. According to Zero to 60 Times, a 1976 Lamborghini Countach LP400 takes just 6.8 seconds to reach 60 mph.

In contrast, the Odyssey Car and Driver tested reached the same speed in just 6.5 seconds. As a result, the Honda has the advantage off the line. However, the Countach has a quarter-mile time of 14.4 seconds, says Zero to 60 Times, meaning it quickly catches up and demolishes the Honda.

It is worth noting that this Countach data comes from a 1976 Road & Track article that tested the supercar when it was brand-new. That way, it keeps the speed comparison fair between both models.

What else can’t keep up with this family minivan?

2021 Honda Odyssey
2021 Odyssey | Honda

If beating a Lamborghini in your Honda Odyssey simply isn’t enough, here are a few other cars you can beat to 60 mph in your minivan.

  • 1992 Ferrari Mondial T Cabriolet – 6.6 seconds
  • 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor SuperCab 6.2L – 6.6 seconds
  • 2018 Maserati Levante Diesel – 6.7 seconds
  • 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring – 6.6 seconds

While the list goes on, I think you get the point. Regardless of its boxy shape and large-family appeal, the 2021 Honda Odyssey may just be a good bit of fun to drive as well.