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Hot Hatch Shakedown – Honda Civic Type R Vs. Ford Focus RS

Hot Hatch Shakedown – Honda Civic Type R Vs. Ford Focus RS

How can Honda justify the Type R’s asking price against Ford’s Focus RS bombshell?

For older stateside hot hatch fans out there, it’s probably crystal clear that we’re currently in a new golden age of performance, one that was once relegated to the realm of fantasy and bench racing. High-powered, tear-drop-shaped compacts with an odd number of doors, turbocharged power, and sports car-like handling are finally, finally finding their way to the U.S. market, and after decades of waiting and ogling from afar, U.S. buyers will soon have a chance to get behind the wheel of four-wheeled superstars previously considered forbidden fruit solely for Europe and Japan. Two of the biggest contenders in this space are the Honda Civic Type R and the Ford Focus RS, both incredible cars aimed squarely at the enthusiast buyer. But which is better?

You can’t help but put these two compact titans in a side-by-side comparison. Both are roughly the same in terms of cost, both come with turbocharged four-cylinder engines, both get manual transmissions, and both offer five-door practicality. Both also carry a long history of making speed lovers smile, and command a veritable army of zealous followers to champion their claim to hot hatch supremacy.

But there are some serious differences as well. While the Focus is an AWD hammer, boasting four corners of grip and some impressive firepower under the hood, the Civic is a FWD scalpel, packing less weight and a history of apex-hunting prowess.

Which will come out on top – the Blue Oval Drift Mode bomber, or the H Badge slice and dice katana? It’s America versus Japan in a hot hatch shakedown. Read on for our take.

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Top 10 Fastest Used Cars Under $20K

Top 10 Fastest Used Cars Under $20K

These performance cars are cheap, fast, and have all had previous owners

With the prices of cars increasing, a $20,000 used sports car has become harder to obtain these days. Not too long ago, you could afford a decent runner for $20,000 and still have enough change to buy a few cosmetic kits. But that’s no longer the case today, or at least, not for the most part. Look hard enough, though, and you can still score some good deals on used sports cars for $20,000 or less. These cars aren’t world-beaters by any stretch of the imagination, but they should still have enough juice to get the adrenaline flowing. They’re out there in the world. All you need to do is look for them.

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10 of the Fastest Cars Available for Under $15,000

10 of the Fastest Cars Available for Under $15,000

There are excellent examples out there, provided you are okay with buying pre-owned cars

There are a lot of benefits in buying a pre-owned car. Instead of being stuck on a particular segment due to budget constraints, you can actually choose a car from the higher tiers when you look at the used market. You don’t have to worry about the depreciation hit in the car as well. And, when it comes to fast, cool cars, you don’t have to wait for the run-in period to complete and you can redline it from day one. In fact, if you spend some time researching, you can find some real treasures as well. To help you out, we’ve listed ten of the fastest cars that you can get for less than $15,000.

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It takes three weeks to build the Ford GT Liquid Carbon

It takes three weeks to build the Ford GT Liquid Carbon

Dealing with all that carbon fiber isn’t an easy task

Let’s face it. The 2020 Chicago Auto Show was a dud. There’s no hiding from the fact that the format needs changing because utter dullness won’t cut it anymore. Even so, some debuts managed to shine through all that murky water.

The Ford GT Liquid Carbon edition was one of them. Ford’s supercar made a surprise appearance in Chicago, packing 13 more horsepower, better cooling, and a naked-carbon-fiber guise that ups the ante on the GT’s appeal. Turns out, though, that flaunting that exposed carbon fiber also triples the Ford GT’s build time.

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2020 Ford GT Liquid Carbon Edition

2020 Ford GT Liquid Carbon Edition

The 2020 Ford GT receives more oomph and visual flair

Big news from FoMoCo on its supercar. It’s still powered by the same 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V-6, but for the 2020 model year, power goes up from 647 horsepower to 660 horsepower. Torque stays unchanged (550 pound-feet), but it’s now available within a broader band.

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Video: 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 Races Camaro ZL1 1LE and Hellcat Redeye

Video: 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 Races Camaro ZL1 1LE and Hellcat Redeye

This is the ultimate battle between America’s top-flight supercharged V-8s

The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 has a massive appetite for both drag and track races. Winning them, too. Not that long ago, Ford’s top dog showed it is no pushover in front of the Ferrari 812 Superfast and Porsche 911 GT3 RS, beating the Hellcat effortlessly in a quarter-mile race. But this time, it has to face the Redeye.

As it turns out, the Shelby GT500 is also well-equipped to do battle against its domestic rivals. In this new episode of Throttle House, the go-fast Mustang had to face the challenge of Chevrolet’s ZL1 1LE and Dodge’s Challenger Hellcat Redeye, under the close supervision of Jason Cammisa and Randy Pobst.

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Watch a 940-Horsepower Mustang Shelby GT500 Pull Off a 9-Second Quarter Mile Run

Watch a 940-Horsepower Mustang Shelby GT500 Pull Off a 9-Second Quarter Mile Run

That. Was. Quick.

It was only recently that we witnessed the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 proving its mettle when facing the likes of Ferrari 812 Superfast, Dodge Challenger Hellcat, and Porsche 911 GT3 RS. As it turns out, the GT500 can not only keep up with the Porsche on the track but also avoid making a fool of itself in a straight-line race against the Superfast, obliterating the Hellcat in the process.

And while the amount of performance baked into the stock Shelby GT500 is downright impressive, a smartly-tuned one is capable of even more greatness, such as dispatching the quarter mile in less than ten seconds.

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Carfection Just Used an Apple iPhone 11 to Record a Video Review of the Ford Mustang Bullitt

Carfection Just Used an Apple iPhone 11 to Record a Video Review of the Ford Mustang Bullitt

Can an Apple iPhone rise up to the video quality standards imposed by Carfection?

Those gearheads keeping close tabs on YouTube’s top car-related content producers know that Carfection has become a benchmark when it comes to the amount of quality baked into their videos. So when CNET launched the challenge to shoot an entire car review on an iPhone 11 Pro, Carfection was happy to accept it.

The idea that smartphones have evolved to such technological heights that they can now replace specialized hardware such as professional cameras has been floating around for some time. Photographers and videographers have, on several occasions, shown that it’s more about HOW you use skill and creativity, the available surroundings, and lighting conditions than WHAT you actually use. Enter Carfection’s review of the Ford Mustang Bullitt, shot entirely on an iPhone 11 Pro - not without a few struggles, though.

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The 2020 Shelby GT500 packs more power than the Ferrari F8 Tributo!

The 2020 Shelby GT500 packs more power than the Ferrari F8 Tributo!

With 760 horsepower on tap, it’s the most powerful road-legal Ford ever built

Ford just unveiled the final output of the 2020 Shelby Mustang GT500. At 760 horsepower and 625 pound-feet of torque, the 2020 Shelby GT500 is the most powerful, street-legal Ford ever and its 6.2-liter V-8 is the most power- and torque-dense supercharged V-8 in the world. What does this mean for the market? Let’s find out.

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New Performance Package Pushes the 2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost to 330 Horsepower

New Performance Package Pushes the 2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost to 330 Horsepower

Better handling and fresh aero combine with a Focus RS-inspired engine tune

When Ford gave the Mustang an independent rear suspension for the sixth-gen 2015 model year, many critics labeled it as a strong move into bona-fide sports-car territory. The Blue Oval is once again moving the needle by changing up the EcoBoost ‘Stang’s Performance Package, which now includes revised suspension bits, updated aero, and critically, more horsepower. With 330 ponies under the hood, has the four-cylinder Mustang evolved the nameplate beyond its muscle car roots?

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2005 Ford Shelby GR-1

2005 Ford Shelby GR-1

A prototype from the days when Ford was enamoured with retro-modern rides

Ford rebooted two of the cars that brought about some of its biggest victories ever scored on the world’s road courses. First, in 2004, Ford introduced the Shelby Cobra Concept, a modern reinterpretation of the mythical AC Cobra and, one year later, the Cobra Daytona Coupe was reborn through the GR-1 prototype.

It was 14 years ago that Ford released the S197 fifth-generation Mustang. Its old-school styling proved to be a hit among customers young and old, but the Mustang was only the tip of the iceberg, the model that made it through all the board meetings. Ford, in fact, built a number of old school-looking concepts in the early ’00s besides the Mustang and the GT that eventually got the green light. There was the 2001 Forty-Nine which harkened back to the smooth lines of the late ’40s Ford Custom, the F150 Lightning Rod and, then, there was the GR-1. Clearly, nostalgia was trendy a decade and a half ago.

This car, like the open-top Shelby Cobra Concept, is underpinned by a modified Ford GT platform made to suit the front engine layout. It went from a sketch on a drawing board to a full-size clay model displayed at the 2004 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in virtually no time and was then built as a fully-functional prototype in time for the 2005 North-American International Auto Show. Then, it all went silent. The suits didn’t approve another high-performance supercar right after the GT and only recently have we heard of plans to revive this special one-off.

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Cars That We Can't Wait to See in 2019

Cars That We Can’t Wait to See in 2019

There are so many that we just don’t know what to do

What does the future behold? There are countless future classics ready to slide out from under the sheets of which they’ve been covered, and it’s all set to happen in 2019. There will be new EVs, new muscle cars, and a complete evolution of luxury cars. One of America’s most loved sports cars, the Chevy Corvette, is set move into a mid-engine configuration - something that’s been in the works for decades. With that said, we have a lot to be excited for, and this is a list of the models that we just can’t wait any longer for.

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2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Revealed In Social Media Post

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Revealed In Social Media Post

Will the Blue Oval’s latest snake leave us charmed?

If you love a thumping big V-8, tire-shredding RWD power, and all the attitude that goes with it, you’re spoiled for choice. Indeed, there’s no shortage of badass muscle cars out there these days, and now, it looks like Ford is getting in on the fun with a new Mustang Shelby GT500, as revealed in a recent Instagram post by user sinister_lifestyle.

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Budget Direct Renders the Evolution of 7 Timeless Models

Budget Direct Renders the Evolution of 7 Timeless Models

Don’t expect any of these models to go away anytime soon

There is no shortage of car models in the auto industry these days. Some models have gained followings while others have become flashes in the pan. Then there are the titans of the business, the models that have lasted the test of time and have been around, literally, for generations. In the course of their respective lifetimes, these models have evolved in more ways than one, none more evident than their designs. These seven models have been around for so long their designs have evolved considerably from when they first came out. Knowing their place in the business, these models are unlikely to go away anytime soon.

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Leaked Document: Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Will Have 710HP; Weigh 4,200 Lbs

Leaked Document: Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Will Have 710HP; Weigh 4,200 Lbs

It’s hard to make out these numbers without any substantiated confirmations from Ford

A leaked product sheet for the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 reveals that the mighty muscle car will have a whopping output of 720 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. In addition to the uptick in power, the product sheet also shows that the Shelby GT500 will 4,225 pounds, almost 300 hundred pounds heavier than its predecessor. The document looks skeptical, so even with these headline-grabbing numbers, it’s hard to trust what it says without any word from Ford itself.

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Video: Petrolicious Gets Up Close and Personal With a '66 Ford GT40

Video: Petrolicious Gets Up Close and Personal With a ’66 Ford GT40

A Blue Oval hero dressed in red and white

This year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans may have come and gone (congrats, Toyota!), but truth be told, we’re still feeling a but wistful for that epic and legendary endurance event. So when we came across this high-quality profile video on a 1966 Ford GT40, courtesy of our friends over at Petrolicious, we just knew we had to feature it.

In typical Petrolicious fashion, the video includes gorgeous shots of the car, both sitting and in motion, with a healthy dollop of informative and entertaining narration laid on top. All good stuff, but the car - man, this thing is a real treat. Not only is it a beautiful thing to behold, looking pretty much perfect from every angle, but the sound of the big block 427 V-8 doing its thing will send electricity up and down your spine.

Owner Ted Baird assembled his GT40 to be as faithful to the original as possible, implementing as many original parts as he could find to create something that was not only visually representative of the machines that took top honors at Le Mans, but mechanically representative as well. It’s not a replica - it’s an official GT40P Mk. II, just not one of the original vehicles.

All told, the car is stunning, and hearing Baird unleash it on the track will get you amped. “This is pure, on-hands, manual, throw-it-around race car.” Baird explains. “But, that’s part of the challenge. If you can race something like this, you should be able to race anything.”

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2017 Shelby Super Snake Anniversary Edition

Wallpaper of the Day: 2017 Shelby Super Snake Anniversary Edition

In 2017, it was time for Ford to Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original 1967 Shelby Super Snake – a one-off designed by the man himself. To celebrate that anniversary Ford created the 2017 Shelby Super Snake 50th Anniversary Edition. It comes with an awesome blue and white color scheme to go with as much as 750 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque, enough to make it faster than the Challenger and Charger Hellcat twins and the Chevy Camaro ZL1, with a quarter-mile run taking just 10.9 seconds. With the new Shelby GT350 already making its debut and the Shelby GT500 about to debut in the very near future, we thought it was fitting to showcase the 2017 Super Snake and have made it our wallpaper of the day. Check out our hand-picked choice or choose from a small gallery at the bottom of the page. Go ahead; they are free.

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Video of the Day: 2018 Ford Super Snake Promotional Video

Video of the Day: 2018 Ford Super Snake Promotional Video

The Shelby Mustang Super Snake has been updated for 2018 and 2019 with extra power, new looks, and a desire to eat anything that comes near it – all for a price of $113,445.

If you’re in the market for a Mustang with excessive power and an excessive price tag, then look no further than the update Shelby Super Snake. For that $113,445 price tag, you get a base Mustang GT with a whole host of add-ons that bring power output up to 710 horsepower in standard form. Standard performance equipment includes Ford Performance 710-horsepower supercharger, Shelby’s extreme cooling package, performance half shafts, short throw shifter, one-piece driveshaft (manual transmission only,) Ford performance exhaust, 20-inch wheels, and a Shelby Brembo brake system with break and bearing cooling.

That’s not the best of the Super Snake, though. If you really want something more, you can opt for the 800+ horsepower supercharger. It’s a Whipple unit and comes pre-polished. According to Shelby, the 800+ horsepower upgrade can deliver a 60-mph sprint in 3.5 seconds. It might be more powerful and a bit faster, but we’d rather get our hands on one of those 10 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake continuation cars instead. Either way, go ahead and watch the video below to get your Super Snake on full tilt.

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