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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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Ken Block Drifts An 8,000-Pound Ford F-450 Dually Because Of Course He Can

Ken Block Drifts An 8,000-Pound Ford F-450 Dually Because Of Course He Can

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Ken Block!

Ken Block is the G.O.A.T when it comes to drifting. Give this man any vehicle with four wheels, an engine, a transmission, and a steering wheel and he’ll drift it; in this case, six wheels. It doesn’t matter how big or small the vehicle is. For some reason, Ken Block thought drifting an F-450 dually would be fun. It sounds absurd and laughable, but he managed to drift an 8,000-pound truck like it was some customized hatch.

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The 2021 Ford F-150 Will Debut in Less Than a Month - Here's What We Know

The 2021 Ford F-150 Will Debut in Less Than a Month - Here’s What We Know

Ford needs to get this product spot-on or else risk losing market share to rivals

Amidst all the news surrounding the F-150’s delayed production, the company shutting down its factory after reopening it, and the delay in the Bronco and Mach-E’s production, there is finally some good news. Ford has revealed the 2021 Ford F-150’s debut date – 25 June, 2020. The information comes to light through a tweet by Ford’s communications manager, Mike Levine.

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Ford F-150 Raptor Rendering Looks Good In All the Right Places

Ford F-150 Raptor Rendering Looks Good In All the Right Places

This funky and sporty rendering makes the production-spec F-150 Raptor look pale and dated

The F-150 Raptor was without any serious competition in its niche so far, but now Ram has come up with the Rebel TRX, or popularly known as the “Raptor-killer”. To make sure it survives the onslaught from its rival, Ford will have to take steep measures to make the truck look more desirable.

One of the ways to do that would be to give it aesthetics upgrades, and here’s a set of renderings that do exactly that. Rendering artist Mo Aoun has imagined the F-150 Raptor, and it looks sharper and much distinct from the actual model.

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The 2022 Ford Ranger Could Be Offered With An Efficient Hybrid Powertrain

The 2022 Ford Ranger Could Be Offered With An Efficient Hybrid Powertrain

It will be different from the ones used in the Escape and Explorer

Ford may have pulled the plug (pun intended) on a plug-in hybrid F-150, but it does have plans to introduce it on the 2022 Ranger. The Ranger is sold in many countries across the globe and is one of the most important products for the company.

The truck’s next generation is slated to be released next year, and it could see some massive changes under the hood. According to CarExpert, the Ranger will be offered with a new plug-in hybrid powertrain that hasn’t been used in any other product yet.

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Here Are the Latest Updates on the 2021 Ford F-150

Here Are the Latest Updates on the 2021 Ford F-150

These are the latest updates for the upcoming model of the best-selling truck

Despite the pandemic, Ford seems to be working hard on making sure the all-new 2021 F-150 isn’t delayed for long. Few details have already leaked and some are announced by Ford itself, but there are a lot of things still unknown. With uncertainty all around, there is a lot of buzz surrounding America’s best-selling truck. Here are all the updates about the 2021 Ford F-150 to date.

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Watch Chip Foose Redesign The First-Gen Ford Bronco As A Hot-Rod

Watch Chip Foose Redesign The First-Gen Ford Bronco As A Hot-Rod

This design is definitely going to draw polarizing opinions

The first-gen Ford Bronco is much adored by enthusiasts and purists for its timeless, classic design philosophy. Even the celebrity automotive designer, Chip Foose, prefers this to other generations. Now, given the skills and talent of this man, he can put down his imagination of a car on paper. So, what does he do? He redesigns the first-gen Bronco as a drop-top hot rod and gives us a peek at a one-of-a-kind Bronco that may not be present in any parallel universe either. Do you dig it?

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This Is What The Infamous 'Death Wobble' is Like On A Newer Ford F-350

This Is What The Infamous ’Death Wobble’ is Like On A Newer Ford F-350

The issue is serious, risky, and far too common to be ignored or taken lightly

Have you heard of ’Death Wobble’? If you are a truck owner or truck enthusiast, you would’ve come across this term often. Jeep came under scrutiny for this, but Ford customers have also reported this issue on the Super Duty trucks.

There are multiple videos and complaints on the internet where the drivers experience violent jostling and shaking from the whole front end and it feels like the vehicle is just going to tear apart. To get an idea of how it feels, check out this video of a 2018 Ford F-350 experiencing a death wobble on the highway out of nowhere.

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Restored: 1970 Ford F-100 Short Bed Pickup By Icon 4x4

Restored: 1970 Ford F-100 Short Bed Pickup By Icon 4x4

A classic, timeless design infused with modern engineering and aesthetics

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.

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Is Ford Working On A Bronco-Based Pickup Truck Called Maverick?

Is Ford Working On A Bronco-Based Pickup Truck Called Maverick?

A leaked image with the Maverick stamp on the tailgate points at new mid-size pickup truck

Ford has had a long relationship with the Maverick moniker. Even recently when Ford went all berserk by filing tens of names like Outer Banks, Wildtrak, Adrenaline, and whatnot, Maverick appeared at the forefront everywhere.

Now, it looks like Ford will use it for a new vehicle. TFL Truck has reported a leaked 3-D image of a tailgate with MAVERICK embossing on it. One thing is for sure: that this is a pickup truck’s tailgate, but is it for a new Bronco based truck, or will we be receiving another Ranger-based pickup?

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The Ford Ranger Raptor Ultima by AutoBis Is an Off-Road Party Machine

The Ford Ranger Raptor Ultima by AutoBis Is an Off-Road Party Machine

Call me old school, but I’m playing Party Rock Anthem first with this setup!

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?

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Is This Ford F-350-based Motorhome Worth $250,000?

Is This Ford F-350-based Motorhome Worth $250,000?

Cost aside, it will make your road trips so much more relaxing

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?

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Ford's New Upgrade Package For The Ranger Offers A Significant Power Boost

Ford’s New Upgrade Package For The Ranger Offers A Significant Power Boost

It’s just a power upgrade and doesn’t substitute for a Ranger Raptor

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?

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The 2021 Ford F-150 Will Feature the Explorer's Hybrid System

The 2021 Ford F-150 Will Feature the Explorer’s Hybrid System

Not with the same engine, but there will be a 90-percent part-sharing between the two systems

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.

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