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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Restored: 1970 Ford F-100 Short Bed Pickup By Icon 4x4
Icon 4x4, a California-based aftermarket company, is known for restoring classic models to perfection. The best part about the company is that they don’t mess around with the essence of the vehicle. The vehicles still have the original retro feel to them, but are reimagined for modern use. In short, you can get yourself a daily driver with classic styling and modern functionality.
The company’s latest project is a 1970 Ford F-100 short bed pickup truck. The company’s founder and lead designer Jonathan Ward found it on Craigslist. The model on sale was in good condition with the original paint scheme and nothing major changed. Fortunately, the company retained the original looks but made it a better daily driver.
Your 2021 Ford Mach-E Isn’t Coming This Summer Like You Expected
Ford just entered the all-electric car market with the Mustang Mach-E,, but deliveries have been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Despite the company’s efforts to keep the Mach-E on track, it seems that the first units will reach customers a few months later than planned.
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?
Here Are the Engines Ford Will Offer in the 2021 F-150
Considering that the F-150 is the most popular truck in the States and has been sitting on the throne for over four decades, Ford has done a fairly good job of being tight-lipped about revealing any details prior to its new-generation launch.
However, it couldn’t do its job as good as Tesla did with the Cybertruck. As it turns out, the different engine options that Ford has to offer on the 2021 F-150 have leaked. A post on NewF150Forum suggests that the pickup truck will be offered with six different engine options. Good to see Ford not downsizing the number of engine options to simplify the lineup.
Another Day, Another Conversion Kit For The Ford Ranger
It looks like the Ford Ranger is every tuner’s favorite guinea pig these days. We recently saw APG come up with a conversion kit for the pickup truck, and now there’s a German aftermarket company known as Delta 4x4 creating a kit for the Euro-spec Ranger too.
The kit makes the Ranger more off-road capable, thanks to new lighting, tires, and suspension. It’s still no Raptor by any means since there are no changes made under the hood whatsoever. But it still looks smashing and will please folks who are into mild off-roading.
2020 Ford Ranger Prorunner By APG
Ford is denying us the pleasure of owning a Ranger Raptor in the U.S., but aftermarket companies are cashing in on this opportunity. One such company is South California-based aftermarket tuner Automotive Performance Group, who’s offering a conversion package for the Ranger that may not make it a Raptor, but surely fills the void to a certain extent.
Called the Prorunner Series 1 Package, it comes with a new body kit, carbon fiber fenders, axle shafts, and a lot more stuff. With this package equipped, you can finally take your Ranger to bash the dunes, or through treacherous paths that were close to impossible to tackle with the stock Ranger.
New Pictures of the 2021 Ford Bronco Have Surfaced and They Are Definitely Legit
Earlier this week, the 2021 Ford Bronco was leaked in what we believe to be production form. We saw the Bronco Sport (aka the baby bronco), as well as the Bronco in two-door and four-door body styles. Before the hype from that scoop could die down, two more photos have surfaced that show the Bronco even more clearly.
One of the photos shows a black four-door Bronco from the rear three-quarter, whereas the other one shows it from the front three-quarter. But, what’s more surprising is that you can see a two-door Bronco without the roof in the background as well! The photos were revealed by ‘The Raptor Connection’ on their Facebook profile and were later shared on the Bronco6G forum as well.
2021 Ford Bronco and Bronco Sport Finally Spotted In All Their Glory
The cat is finally out of the box. Ford couldn’t keep the Bronco a secret like Tesla did with the Cybertruck, but we aren’t complaining one bit. First up, it was the Baby Bronco aka Bronco Sport that was leaked. As seen in the photos, it is now official that the small SUV is named Bronco Sport. Even the full-sized Bronco’s photos were leaked online as it was spotted in both two-door and four-door avatars.
2021 Ford Bronco Engine and Specifications
The Ford Bronco is all an off-road enthusiast can talk about these days. There is a lot of news out there about it that have given us enough detail to speculate and talk about.
Recently, we learned that the 2021 Bronco will be launched much earlier than the expected date. We also got to know that it will come with 150 accessories at launch. Now, there’s news surrounding its drivetrain options.
According to Ford Authority, the 2021 Bronco will be powered by Ford’s 2.7-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine. The same is found in the F-150, the Edge ST, and the Lincoln Nautilus as well. But, will it be offered in a slightly more powerful state of tune?
The 2021 Ford Bronco Will Get Over 150 Accessories at Launch
If there’s any other vehicle today that enjoys the limelight as much as the Tesla Cybertruck, it’s the Ford Bronco. Amidst all the what’s-it-going-to-be-called and when’s-it-launching news, a report from Automotive News claims that Ford will be offering over 150 accessories for the Bronco once it starts arriving at dealerships. What those accessories will be is unclear at this moment, but you can expect stuff like light bars and different roof configurations. Does this ring alarming bells for the Wrangler?
2020 Roush F-150
Roush Performance is no stranger to building tricked out programs for Ford products over the years. The Ford specialist is at it again with a new kit developed specifically for the Blue Oval’s best-selling pickup, the Ford F-150. The Roush package is available on either the F-150 XLT or F-150 Lariat trims. It’s loaded on all fronts with exterior and interior upgrades to go along with performance improvements that are meant to give the F-150 an even more imposing off-road presence. You can even score optional goodies that aren’t available in the package. The cost of buying Roush Performance’s new program for the 2020 Ford F-150 starts at $13,750.
How Does the 2020 Ford Mustang Mach-E Compare to Its Main Competition?
The Ford Mustang Mach-E has arrived, and now it’s time to see how the Mustang Mach-E compares to the competition. Name issues notwithstanding, the Mustang Mach-E enters a market that’s teeming with competition from models that are just as new and exciting as the new Ford crossover. How does the Mustang Mach-E compare against its new rivals? Let’s go find out.
The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Is a Carbon Copy of the Tesla Model Y, But What Does Elon Musk Think?
Thoughts on the use of the Mustang and Mach names on Ford’s latest electric crossover aside, you have to admit that it’s a pretty compelling package for an all-new model. As a mass-produced, heavily funded, stone-cold competitor to the Tesla Model Y, you would think that Tesla and Elon Musk would be a bit worried about the Mustang Mach-E. On the contrary, though, Musk is actually pleased and “excited” about it.
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Picture Gallery
The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E electric SUV has finally launched with up to 300 miles of range and as much as 459 horsepower and 612 pound-feet of torque. The Premium and First Edition trim levels will be available in showrooms starting sometime in early 2020, with the entry-level Select and the California Route 1 trim will hit the market in early 2021. If you want the range-topping GT Performance model, though, you’ll need to wait until late 2021. Check out all the latest details, look deeper into charging time and range, or enjoy the photo gallery that we’ve posted below!
Don’t just expect the 2021 Mustang Mach-E to be a success based on its name
In unveiling the new Mustang Mach-E, Ford has booked a seat in the same electric car club that’s nowadays frequented by the leading big-name automakers: Tesla, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Jaguar, and Porsche. Admittedly, the Blue Oval did arrive a tad late to the party. Now, threatened by the risk of falling behind its rivals that were already building and selling electric cars, Ford needed to come up with a quick and cost-effective solution that would allow it to launch it’s first serious electric car as soon as possible. The savior was none other than Ford’s iconic Mustang nameplate and, as exciting as that might sound, it will hold no weight in the model’s success (or failure).
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Video Compilation
You might not agree with Ford’s decision to use the Mustang name (of the Mach name, for that matter) on a crossover, but at least it does carry some Mustang DNA. Either way, as an all-knew model, there’s a lot that we need to do to actually get acquainted with it, the first of which is browsing our new Mach-E gallery. Then, you might want tolearn the finer details and get in tune with the Mach-E’s charging time and range. Finally, we’ve posted all the Mach-E videos we have to help you push your knowledge on Ford’s latest and greatest to the next level.
2020 Shelby Super Snake Sport F-150
The 2020 Shelby Super Snake Sport F-150 is a high-performance concept truck that Shelby built for the 2019 SEMA Show. Developed in response to Shelby "enthusiast’s requests for a scorching fast street truck," it’s essentially an F-150-based version of Shelby’s outstanding Super Snake Mustang. Unlike other F-Series trucks modified by Shelby, the Super Snake features a two-door cabin. Power comes from a supercharged V-8 rated at 755 horsepower, backed by a more aerodynamic exterior and exclusive features inside the cabin. Let’s find out more about it in the review below.
Six Generations of the Ford Explorer
The Ford Explorer has been around for almost 30 years. In that time, the SUV segment has evolved in ways no one could’ve dreamed of. Through it all, the Explorer has remained one of the segment’s backbones, a pillar from which the SUV world has stood on for close to three decades. The Explorer’s life reads like a Hollywood script, too. It started off with a bang, establishing itself as one of the most popular SUVs on the market. That success lasted for more than a decade before the Explorer lost its way as other SUVs arrived. Sales eventually cratered, leaving Ford desperate to recapture the magic the Explorer had when it became the breakout hit of the early ’90s. The return to form eventually took place as the SUV segment in the U.S. exploded. With the Explorer now entrenched as one of the most popular SUVs in the market, Ford’s banking on the sixth-generation model to keep that momentum. Whether it does so or not remains to be seen, but the all-new Explorer appears fully equipped to take on that challenge.
2021 Ford F-150
The F-Series has been a consistent seller for Ford. It has been the top-selling vehicle in the States for 42 consecutive years, thus scripting a legacy that will be most likely remain unbeaten in the 21st century at least. But given the way the competition has upped the ante, it is going to be hard to sustain and keep this consistency alive, unless Ford decides to take the game to the next level. To maintain the pole position, Ford has decided to replace the current generation of the F-150 with a newer breed and what you’re looking at here is our first spy shots of the 2021 Ford F-150. This heavily camouflaged mule was spotted doing test runs in Dearborn, Michigan. Will the next-gen F-150 feature changes that a merely aesthetic, or can we expect new drivetrain options as well?
2020 Ford Explorer ST does well in first video review
The 2020 Ford Explorer ST is the fastest and most powerful ST-branded Ford ever... and it’s an SUV. But is it a better SUV than the one it replaced, especially now since it has been pushed upmarket along with its price point and it may face rivals that bear a premium badge? Well, this is the very first video out on the hottest version of the new Explorer ST (or any version of it for that matter) and it suggests the Explorer definitely has improved in virtually all areas.
2020 Ford Explorer Vs 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee
As the best selling SUV in history, the Ford Explorer gained an almost religiously devoted customer base that has kept the legend of the Explorer alive for three decades. However, another SUV, not necessarily placed to fight a direct fight against the Explorer, has a following that’s almost as strong - the Jeep Grand Cherokee. As the new Ford Explorer flashed its body at the NAIAS and attracts customers with its numerous benefits compared to basically any other similar SUV in the segment, I wondered if there’s any incentive to still choose the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee over the new 2020 Ford Explorer. The current Jeep Grand Cherokee has its roots planted in the year 2011 when it came to be. Of course, eight years on the market have left some marks on its skin. It isn’t as advanced, as aerodynamic, nor as convenient as some of its competitors. Yet, despite its aged appearance, the Grand Cherokee is like a really robust SUV geared more towards off-road and toughness than it is towards family values and convenience. That is actually the main character difference between the two.
The biggest physical difference, on the other hand, is the fact that the 2020 Ford Explorer is a three row SUV. The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a two row SUV. Only the next generation of the Grand Cherokee (to be revealed in a year or two), will have two different layouts - it will be offered with two or three rows. Yet, regardless of their main differences, the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2020 Ford Explorer are roughly similarly priced.
Ford has completely redesigned the Explorer for the 2020 model year in the quest to surpass its many talented and popular rivals. One of those rivals is the third-gen Honda Pilot that has been around in its current form since 2016 and recently facelifted for the 2019 model year. Both models are popular, but now that the new Ford is out, is a mere facelift enough to keep the Honda up to date and competitive?
The latest Explorer changes the previous model’s formula a bit through the fact that its platform is now rear-wheel-drive biased. It is also lighter than before, offers better performance, better fuel economy, and Ford is even going to make a hot ST version of it. Honda’s Pilot refresh brought with it more aggressive exterior styling, new tech (especially on the safety front, with the full Honda Sensing suite), but no new engines - only one non-turbo V-6 is offered.
Wallpaper of the Day: 2020 Ford Explorer
The Ford Explorer has been the quintessential go-to in the midsize SUV segment. It’s only been around since 1990, but it’s been recognized, on more than a few occasions, as one of the models that helped to establish the segment outright. The 2020 model represents the introduction of an all-new generation, the sixth generation, and while there’s a lot of new going on, it’s still easily recognizable as the Explorer fans of the model have grown to love over the last 30 years. This generation of the explorer is sportier than ever, and the roof has a very slight slope to it for the first time – something that helps to assert its dominance in a segment that’s moving more toward coupe-style rooflines. Like a lot of competing models, the Explorer can be had with huge wheels if you wish, and they really do accent the overall profile of the body nicely. With four models on offer in this year’s lineup, there’s a model for everyone and the interior borders on the line of premium usually only approached by luxury models. It’s not a slouch, either, as the base model offers up a fair 300 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque while the range-topping Platinum trim will bring a V-6 with 365 horsepower and 380 pound-feet to your driveway. You really can’t go wrong with any trim level. And, now that the sixth-gen model has begun to establish itself as a true successor to the outgoing model, we felt it was time to showcase it as our wallpaper of the day. We’ve picked our favorite desktop and mobile wallpaper, but we’ve also included a smaller gallery below so you can pick your own favorite.