Next-Gen Honda Civic Type R vs Ford Focus RS: New Hot Hatch Era

Americans will finally gain a Civic Type R, after being deprived of Honda’s hot hatch for years now. This all-new model will be sportier than its predecessors and it will be featuring enhancements to its chassis, suspension as well as its aerodynamics.

Honda has announced that the new Civic Type R will be making its US debut during the New York Auto Show in April. The model will be kicking off at about mid-$30k; this puts it directly against the Ford Focus RS which starts off at $36,120.

The US-spec Type R will be equipped with a 2.0L turbocharged engine which is capable of churning out 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft torque whereas the European-spec model will be churning out 315 horsepower. The mill will be paired to a manual six-speed tranny with active rev-matching.

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As only the top Touring trim is available for the upcoming Civic Type R, all models will be coming with a seven-inch touchscreen display with navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with a 540-Watt 12-speaker audio system.

Aside that, the model also sports 20-inch alloys, beefy 245/30-series ContiSportContact tires as well as an aerodynamic bodykit.

Although the Type R may not be the swiftest hot hatch, its upgraded body, chassis and potent components may be enough to make it a formidable rival against the Ford Focus RS.

Both the Honda and Ford are equipped with turbocharged engines, the same Brembo brakes and provide buyers with great value for money. However, the Focus RD has the upperhand with its 350 horsepower and its AWD capabilities.

Well, it looks like we’ll have to wait to see which model turns out to be the winner in this hot segment.