Hot Hatch Shakedown – Honda Civic Type R Vs. Ford Focus RS
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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Here’s a Cool Video That Shows You Every Generation of the Ford Bronco
The recent leaks about the 2021 Ford Bronco have managed to create a sense of excitement amongst the enthusiasts. Stuff like a dancing suspension and G.O.A.T modes have further added to this quotient and people can’t seem to wait for it to be launched. But, due to the pandemic outbreak, the automaker has decided to push the Bronco’s debut by a couple of months. While we wait for its fate to be decided, check out this video uploaded by a YouTuber who goes by the name Mr. chart that shows all the generations of the Ford Bronco since its inception.
The Ford Ranger Raptor Ultima by AutoBis Is an Off-Road Party Machine
Ford’s Ranger seems to be the popular bunny these days. A lot of aftermarket companies all across the globe have given the Ranger and the Ranger Raptor special treatments, generally about off-road equipment and performance upgrades. However, here’s a unique mod-job that sets this Ranger Raptor apart from the others.
A workshop in Vietnam that goes by the name AutoBis has turned the Ranger Raptor into a party animal. Called the Autobis Raptor Ultima, this truck receives sound system upgrades that can blow the roof off. Wait, that is if you park it indoors. Wouldn’t you prefer taking it to the woods and having a blast around a campfire instead?
The Ford Mustang Mach-E Could Be More Powerful Than Expected
The 2020 Mustang Mach-E is a very important product for Ford. The SUV is the first all-electric vehicle in the company’s lineup and Ford decided to attach the iconic Mustang nameplate to it for some reason. This also makes it the first all-wheel-drive Mustang-badged car ever to leave Ford’s production line.
FoMoCo launched the product last year and started accepting orders around the same time. The SUV is due in 2021, but Ford has made a few changes to the power specs. According to macheclub, some models are expected to receive increased power figures. There is no word on a price increase, so this is good news.
Ford’s Name For Its New Charging Network Will Take You Back to Third Grade
It’s good to see Ford rolling out fast-charging stations for its electric cars, but what’s with the name? Ford has named its charging station as it filed a trademark for "Fastor Charge." It’s quite surprising that the company went with this spelling variant of "faster."
This is essentially Ford’s version of the much-better sounding Tesla Supercharger. The name has certainly intrigued everyone and people are talking about it, so perhaps, it’s a win-win situation for Ford - a charging network that is being talked about by netizens and will have a good brand recall in the future. Ford has also come up with a logo for it.
The 2020 Ford Bronco is the Latest Model to Be Delayed Thanks to COVID-19
The COVID-19 outbreak has put the whole world on pause and everything is getting delayed, suspended, or canceled, right from sports events to car debuts. One of the most anticipated debuts this year was the 2021 Bronco, but now, even this off-roader will be revealed later. According to Roadshow, it could be a couple of months before we have an updated debut timeframe for the Bronco. Should Ford have a digital reveal instead, like many automakers did when the Geneva Motor Show was canceled?
Is This Ford F-350-based Motorhome Worth $250,000?
California-based camper manufacturer Nimbl has designed a motorhome based on the Ford F-350. Campers and trailer homes are becoming popular these days and Nimbl has joined the bandwagon.
This camper-manufacturer has an ideal expedition vehicle based on the F-350, called the Evolution. The Motorhome is loaded to the gills and comes with all the creature comforts you can ask for. If you’re someone who loves road trips and likes to stay on the road for months together, the Evolution will be a perfect match. However, Nimbl is selling this product for $249,000. Are you willing to spend that much on a motorhome?
Ford’s New Upgrade Package For The Ranger Offers A Significant Power Boost
Ford is giving us a faster Ranger, but it’s not the Ranger Raptor. For years now, Ford has been dilly-dallying on bringing the Ranger Raptor to the States despite there being a strong interest from enthusiasts.
Instead, Ford Performance has introduced a new performance calibration for the truck. This gives the Ranger an additional 45 horses and 60 pound-feet of torque. The upgrade is priced quite reasonably and costs less than $1,000. Any takers?
The 2021 Ford Bronco Could Have G.O.A.T Mode And A Trippy Suspension System
It’s been quite some time since we got any big update about the Ford Bronco. A set of pictures were leaked last month that showed the 2021 Bronco as well as the Bronco Sport in all their glory.
Now, Ford Authority reports that the automaker has filed a trademark application for “G.O.A.T Modes” in the States. This mode is said to be comprised of automatic controls for a couple of things. Following this, another patent application has come to light that mentions active suspension components that would make the Bronco do a lot of tricks. Is this a party car or what?
The 2021 Ford F-150 Will Feature the Explorer’s Hybrid System
Our hopes of a strong hybridized F-150 were dampened a few days back when we got to know that the truck will deliver just 10 miles of range while running in pure electric mode.
Now, TFLTruck reports that the 2021 F-150 will be largely similar to the Ford Explorer Hybrid. The information comes to light through a tweet by Ford’s communications manager, Mike Levine. He said that there will a 90-percent part-sharing between both the hybrid systems. Does that mean there will be an increase in the electric mode range? Nope, not really.
First Look: 2020 Ford F-150 by Arctic Trucks
Arctic Trucks became a famous name when its customized truck was featured on Top Gear. Jeremy Clarkson and James May took a Toyota Hilux to the show’s North Pole expedition. Arctic has worked on quite a few trucks to date, but this time, it has laid its hands on America’s best-seller – the Ford F-150. The polar-build specialist aftermarket company has fitted the truck with huge 44-inch tires to tackle the snow. There isn’t much known about this truck yet, but we hope to hear from the company soon.
The Ford F-150 PHEV Will Have Enough Electric Range to Get You Down the Driveway
Since the electric F-150 is still some time away, the focus has been on the plug-in hybrid version of the truck lately. What made this news even interesting was that the hybrid version would be based on the 3.5-liter, V-6 EcoBoost engine. Basically, a lot of hopes were pinned on this hybrid mill considering it would serve as a bridge between the internal combustion engine range to a pure electric truck and would give us an idea of what to expect.
Well, as it turns out, Ford just pulled one over on us. According to Car And Driver, the PHEV F-150 will run only 10 miles on electric electric before switching back to gas. So much for all the buzz surrounding the mill.
The Best Pickup Trucks for 2020
There’s no denying that pickup trucks are America’s favorite vehicles. Ford F-Series has consistently topped the sales charts for 42 consecutive years now. There are a lot of other automakers with such offerings as well. The segment is highly competitive and you can get confused with what to pick. There is a different variant or a different model altogether in every $1,000 bracket. To help you with this dilemma, we’ve compiled a list of 10 best pickup trucks, ranging from midsize trucks, to full-size, and to heavy-duty ones.