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Honda Mean Mower Is World's Fastest Lawn Mower

AOL Original Content Posted: Jul 19th 2013 at 5:00PM by Adam Morath


A few years back, Chevrolet ran a commercial that poked fun at Honda lawn mowers. In the ad, former NFL star and current analyst Howie Long gestures toward a red mower and admits, "Honda does make something that we just can't compete with." Little did Chevy know that Honda would later develop a lawnmower capable of keeping up with a stock Corvette.

Honda calls the high-performance maintenance machine the Mean Mower. Built in collaboration with British Touring Car Championship's Team Dynamics, Honda claims the Mean Mower is capable of reaching 60 miles per hour in an estimated 4 seconds, or .2 seconds faster than Chevrolet's estimate for their base 2013 Corvette Coupe.

Granted, comparing cars to lawn mowers is apples and oranges. Someone should tell Howie.

Honda Mean Mower

The Mean Mower is powered by a 109 horsepower, 1000cc VTR 1000F Firestorm engine and can reach an estimated top speed of 133 miles per hour. Based on Honda's HF2620 riding mower, the Mean Mower features a custom chassis, bespoke suspension and ATV wheels. Perhaps coolest of all, it can still cut grass at low speeds.

"One of the key challenges is that this has never been done before, to our knowledge, and so there are few learnings to call upon," said Pete Crolla of Team Dynamics. "From an engineering perspective, retaining the look of the mower, and the ability to still cut grass were the biggest challenge."

Even the BBC's Top Gear got in on the Mean Mower action, sending their famous masked driver "The Stig" on a lap in the video below.



[Source: Autoblog]
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jamesdkent

Big deal. Porsche made tractors in the fifties. Very collectable now.

October 25 2013 at 2:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Samuel H

Lamborghini started that way.

October 31 2013 at 5:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
peteswarr

Damn, and the one I built as an 8 year old only went 45.

October 15 2013 at 8:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Super Genius

George Jones would have wanted one of these.

October 14 2013 at 5:12 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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Super Genius

But I repeat myself.

October 14 2013 at 5:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
frank44

Anyone remember the lie-down Karts, with 3 West Bend engines, of 40 (or so) years ago ???
They would run above 100 mph, IIRC...

October 13 2013 at 5:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Thomas G. Wilson

This is all a bunch of B.S.- I have a Honda RT5000 which is about 20 years old and still going-but the real truth is that Honda quit making lawn tractors about 13 years ago. 109 hp lawn tractor, my red posterior!

October 12 2013 at 6:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Crystal Gixier

Thomas G. Wilson what a goof you are. Did you not read the article? it has a VTR 1000cc engine (that's a motorcycle engine) that quite easily makes 100+ HP. It was made because of the crack Chevy's commercial made about honda lawn mowers. They are not for sale to the public, and it is faster than a corvette, at least up to 60 mph. Let me guess you're probably a corvette owner too !!!!!!!

October 15 2013 at 2:14 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
lc5401

Funny yet COOL! Keep up the good work Honda.

July 28 2013 at 6:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
FoxableMe

And can u tell me why anyone would want to go 60 mph on a lawnmower?

July 28 2013 at 5:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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mg9mike

Just because you can, if I have to explain it you just would not understand it anyway.

July 28 2013 at 5:51 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
Chris Bell

I agree with Mike... Because it can! And if you have two of them we can race them!!!

October 31 2013 at 2:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
James G. Banks

Put a tow package on the back for a wagon or a popup tent and make it street legal, and you could have the Swiss army knife/ I-phone of the road. It cuts grass, tills the garden, picks up garden/farm supplies/ and gets groceries. now that would be a treat.

July 28 2013 at 4:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
avl14

have a husqvarna lawn mower with a 23hp it is faster than one ever gonna cut grass any faster just not gonna cut the lawn

July 28 2013 at 3:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
samsrm

Wow could cut my mowing time down to around 3 mins., what kind of mileage does it get ????

July 28 2013 at 1:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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ahealey56

If have to ask that you can't afford it.

October 29 2013 at 6:54 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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