It’s the question car fans have been asking since the North American-bound Honda Civic Type R made its world debut. How will the new Civic compare to the powerful 2017 Ford Focus RS? For years, the Ford Focus RS has been on of the choice vehicles of car enthusiasts. Will the 2017 Honda Civic Type R stand the test?
2017 Honda Civic Type R vs. 2017 Ford Focus RS
Honda fans in the U.S. and North America have been waiting for a high-performance model like the Honda Civic Type R for years. Instead, the Type R continued to only be available in Europe. That is, until now. What has car enthusiasts eager to see the new Honda Civic Type R is not only is it a hatchback, but it’s only available with a six-speed manual transmission. A major win for Honda fans who have continually asked for a manual transmission to be available on more than just entry-level models.
So how does the 2017 Honda Civic Type R stack up against the 2017 Ford Focus RS? To start, the 2017 Honda Civic Type R is standard with a turbocharged 306-hp, 2.0-liter inline-four cylinder and front-wheel drive only. In contrast, the 2017 Ford Focus RS features a turbocharged 350-hp, 2.3-liter four-cylinder paired with a six-speed manual transmission under the hood. All-wheel drive, hill-start assist and automatic start-stop are also standard on the 2017 Ford Focus RS.
Truly, the 2017 Ford Focus RS is more powerful than the 2017 Type R, but power isn’t everything. One of major criticisms of the 2017 Ford Focus RS is it’s narrow rear legroom. And for those that don’t need a full 350-hp, the 2017 Ford Focus RS might not be a great fit. Which model is right for you?
Are you interested in learning more about the 2017 Honda Civic Type R? We expect it to be available in late spring 2017. Stay tuned for more details on this powerful new hot-hatch as more information becomes available.