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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Ford GT Driven on Road and Track

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As the first examples of the 2018 Ford GT supercar get ready for shipment and the few lucky rich guys who have ordered one count the days for it to arrive, the company hosted a small press driving event for the GT in Utah. Besides being totally awesome and extremely cool, the new GT also serves as a test bed for future technologies we will soon in other Fords. 

Among the 2018 Ford GT innovations that will soon make their way to other sporty Fords of a lower order there is the carbon fibre lightweighting which has too many benefits to be overlooked, and the sophisticated Drive Modes, a sample of which is already used in the Focus RS with the track mode.

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Aerodynamics is another area where Ford GT can be of great use for the engineers working on simpler models. GT’s aerodynamics change on demand to meet varying driving conditions, thanks to moveable elements around the body, including special ducts in the front, and a large deployable wing. The flaps open and close depending on whether GT’s wing is up or down, so the car remains aerodynamically balanced from front to back at all speeds. When the wing is up, the ducts close to increase downforce; when the wing is down, the ducts open to decrease downforce. The GT’s aerodynamics produce positive downforce in all conditions. At high ride height, the downforce has a balance of 30 per cent front. In low ride height, the downforce balance is maintained at 29 per cent front.

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Last but not least, we have the Ford GT’s 3.5-litre EcoBoost engine which at 647 horsepower proves you don’t have to sacrifice economy for performance and vice versa. The engine features an innovative anti-lag turbo technology which is of great importance, and it comes with a all-new port and direct dual fuel-injection setup to enhance engine response. Also interesting is the GT’s hydraulic suspension, which changes ride height with a turn of the knob that adjusts Drive Modes. But that’s not something we can expect to see in something like the Focus anytime soon!

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PostHeaderIcon You Can Probably Guess What The World’s Best Selling Sports Car Was In 2016

If people were asked to guess what the best-selling sports car in the world is, there’s a good chance that the answers would have as much variety to them as the number of colors in a Skittles pack. The Mazda MX-5 is a good answer. The same goes for the Porsche 911, and at least for new models, the BMW 4 Series. All three models have proven to be popular among buyers all over the world, but none of them can lay claim to being the best-selling sports car in the world. That title now belongs to a certain muscle car from Dearborn, the Ford Mustang.

It seems to strange to think that it took this long for the Mustang to ascend to being the best-selling sports car in the world considering that it’s been around since 1964. But the current-generation Mustang has done the car’s legacy right because according to IHS Markit new vehicle registration data, over 150,000 Mustangs were sold all over the world in 2016. That figure represented a six percent increase from its 2015 sales figures. Equally impressive is the Mustang’s sales volume internationally where sales literally doubled in 2016 to 45,000 units. The significant increase is largely tied to the muscle car’s growing popularity in China where sales of the ‘Stang grew by an impressive 74 percent from its 2015 numbers. Other countries like Germany also saw increased demand for the car while new markets like Bonaire, Gibraltar, and New Caledonia all contributed in driving up the car’s sales volume.

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PostHeaderIcon Shelby GT350 Lives On for 2018, but Where Are the Updates?

High-performance Mustangs like the GT350 and GT500 (just to name a few) have always been short lived, but that’s part of their charm and one of the main reasons why they become so valuable. The latest GT350 and GT350R are also scheduled to be made in limited numbers, but the good news is that the nameplate will live on for the 2018 model year.

Unfortunately, there’s some bad news too. If you’re a fan of the latest facelift for the sixth-generation Mustang, you probably won’t be thrilled to find out that the GT350 will carry over without the updates that Ford made to the standard Mustang for the 2018 model year. That means no new headlamps or revised bumpers and no 12-inch digital instrument cluster. Just three extra colors, two of which are shared with the standard Mustang anyway.

The underpinnings remain unchanged too, as well as the 526-horsepower and 429-pound-feet output of the 5.2-liter V-8 engine. However, that’s nothing to sneeze and the GT350 is already a great performer at the race track.

Still, I can’t help but notice that Ford is keeping the current GT350 around for two model years, after which the fate of the nameplate is rather uncertain. Will Ford update it to the new Mustang design toward the end of the sixth-generation or will the GT350 be replaced by a GT500 model based on the facelift? And, if the GT350 is going away for good, shouldn’t enthusiasts get a revised model for the last year on the market?

An upgrade may seem like the logical step in the current market, but things are a bit complicated here. While adding the new headlamps and bumpers to the GT350 might seem pretty easy, it all becomes rather complicated when it comes to aerodynamics. Changing the bumpers of the GT350 would have forced Ford to rethink and reshape the aero kit too, a process that requires research and development, which translates into time and money. More R&D could have resulted in a more expensive vehicle, which isn’t exactly feasible for a nameplate that will be around for only 12 months.

To be honest, I like the GT350 as is, but I bet some of you would rather have a more special iteration for its final year on the market. So, the big question is: are you happy that Ford extended the GT350 life-cycle by one more year or would you rather have a facelifted model a mildly upgraded drivetrain, but at a higher price? Let me know in the comments.


PostHeaderIcon Shelby GT350 Lives On for 2018, but Where Are the Updates?

High-performance Mustangs like the GT350 and GT500 (just to name a few) have always been short lived, but that’s part of their charm and one of the main reasons why they become so valuable. The latest GT350 and GT350R are also scheduled to be made in limited numbers, but the good news is that the nameplate will live on for the 2018 model year.

Unfortunately, there’s some bad news too. If you’re a fan of the latest facelift for the sixth-generation Mustang, you probably won’t be thrilled to find out that the GT350 will carry over without the updates that Ford made to the standard Mustang for the 2018 model year. That means no new headlamps or revised bumpers and no 12-inch digital instrument cluster. Just three extra colors, two of which are shared with the standard Mustang anyway.

The underpinnings remain unchanged too, as well as the 526-horsepower and 429-pound-feet output of the 5.2-liter V-8 engine. However, that’s nothing to sneeze and the GT350 is already a great performer at the race track.

Still, I can’t help but notice that Ford is keeping the current GT350 around for two model years, after which the fate of the nameplate is rather uncertain. Will Ford update it to the new Mustang design toward the end of the sixth-generation or will the GT350 be replaced by a GT500 model based on the facelift? And, if the GT350 is going away for good, shouldn’t enthusiasts get a revised model for the last year on the market?

An upgrade may seem like the logical step in the current market, but things are a bit complicated here. While adding the new headlamps and bumpers to the GT350 might seem pretty easy, it all becomes rather complicated when it comes to aerodynamics. Changing the bumpers of the GT350 would have forced Ford to rethink and reshape the aero kit too, a process that requires research and development, which translates into time and money. More R&D could have resulted in a more expensive vehicle, which isn’t exactly feasible for a nameplate that will be around for only 12 months.

To be honest, I like the GT350 as is, but I bet some of you would rather have a more special iteration for its final year on the market. So, the big question is: are you happy that Ford extended the GT350 life-cycle by one more year or would you rather have a facelifted model a mildly upgraded drivetrain, but at a higher price? Let me know in the comments.


PostHeaderIcon Shelby GT350 and GT350R Get 2018 Model Year

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If you didn’t like the look of the new Ford Mustang and were worried your beloved Shelby GT350 could get affected by it, rest easy because the high-performance pony is safe… at least for another year. Ford just announced they are extending Shelby GT350 and GT350R models availability to 2018 model year. 

So you can still buy these bad boys with the body you are used to and like very much. It would been pity if Ford were to discontinue these models, not just because they are amazing sports/muscle cars for the track, but also because a lot has gone into designing them:

The 2018 Shelby GT350 and the R model will continue to offer the 5.2-liter V8 FPC engine which produces 526 horsepower and 429 lb.-ft. of torque, plus standard engine oil, transmission and differential coolers, braking system with vented 15.5-inch two-piece front rotors and six-piston Brembo calipers along with the MagneRide damping system. In terms of tech features you get SYNC 3, voice-activated navigation and nine-speaker audio system. An available Convenience Package for GT350 models replaces Recaro manual seats with six-way power, heated and cooled sport seats with Miko suede inserts for both driver and passenger.

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PostHeaderIcon Man Comes Up With Worst Excuse Ever After Crashing Mustang

I feel sorry for all of you responsible Mustang owners out there; I really do. Some of you actually know how to drive a rear-wheel-drive Ford, but the very car you love has been forever tainted by the absurd number of idiots that keep crashing the damn things. Year after year, Mustangs die at the hands of drivers with no skill and even less intelligence, usually after a Cars & Coffee meet, but this most recent crash really takes the cake. Not because of when or where it happened, but because of the excuse the 24-year-old driver of the black Mustang you see above came up with. What was that excuse? Well, he supposedly swerved to avoid a squirrel, resulting in a pretty dramatic crash that tore up not only the Mustang but the minivan that he hit as well.

The accident happened on April 15, just before noon in West Shore, Pennsylvania near the 1,000 block of West Foxcroft Drive and Wormleysburg Borough. According to the small report released by the West Shore Regional Police Department, witnesses claimed the driver was traveling at high speed prior to the crash, which is easily noticeable given the damage to both vehicles involved. Apparently, nobody was hurt, and the van that was struck was unoccupied at the time of the crash. The driver was cited for “Driving Vehicle at Safe Speed” which is likely a typo in the report, and was likely written up as “Driving at an Unsafe Speed.” For now, the offending squirrel remains at large and is likely hunting his next victim at this very moment.

Update: Exclusive interview with Cranky the Squirrel shines some light on last weekend’s big Mustang accident. Keep reading to hear his side of the story.

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PostHeaderIcon If you Missed the Chance to Get a 2017 Shelby GT350 Mustang, We've got Good News for You!

After a 42-year hiatus, Ford brought the GT350 nameplate back into play for the fifth-gen, 2011 Ford Mustang. There was no telling if the nameplate would carry on to the sixth-gen model, but sure enough, Ford delivered. With an updated Mustang rolling into dealers for 2018, it was uncertain whether or not the GT350 nameplate would carry on through the remaining life of this generation or not but, as it turns out, Ford knows better. The Shelby GT350 and GT350R will continue on through the 2018 model year, but there’s a catch. Despite the fact that the Mustang was facelifted for the 2018 model year, the Shelby GT350 and GT350R will carry on unchanged from the 2017 model year, so purchasers of this iconic nameplate will have to get by with pre-2018 styling cues.

As a rather small, but fair consolation price, the 2018 GT350 and GT350R will be available in three new exterior color choices that include Orange Fury, Kona Blue, and Lead Foot Gray. The latter of which has the sole purpose of paying tribute to all those guys that crash after a Cars & Coffee meet. Okay, that’s not necessarily true, but I couldn’t pass at a chance to ruffle a few feathers. For those of you who haven’t been paying attention, the Shelby GT350 and GT350R are the baddest Mustangs that you can get at the current time. The do come at a rather stout premium, with the GT350 starting at $56,145 and the GT350R commanding $63,645. That’s an increase over the range-toping GT Premium Convertible of $13,450 and $20,950, respectively.

Some would argue that the massive price hike for either model is well worth it, so let’s take a closer look both models real quick.


PostHeaderIcon Ford Explorer Sport

The Ford Explorer has defined the American SUV segment for more than two decades, having debuted for the 1991 model year. Changes both big and small have kept the Explorer, well, exploring urban and rural landscapes across the U.S. with big sales figures sliding across Ford’s bean counters’ desks. But of all those updates, Ford’s latest might be the smallest. Insignificant? Not really, but you’d have to be a fanboy to spot the differences.

Headlining the changes for the 2018 model year is a slightly reworked exterior, new active safety equipment packages, and more choices with four new colors and five new wheel designs. These changes made their debut at the 2017 New York Auto Show.

These modifications to the Explorer come in response to market research Ford says indicates the crossover and SUV segments will be the fastest-growing of all segments over the next few years, soon accounting for more than 45 percent of all non-luxury vehicles sold in the U.S. While that’s not surprising, Ford says millennials and baby boomers are leading the way. Of course, Ford says it will be ready to meet this growth thanks to its new lineup of crossovers and SUVs. These include the EcoSport, Escape, Edge, Explorer, and Expedition.

The revised 2018 Explorer is expected to hit showrooms this fall, with pricing staying mostly stagnate with current 2017 Explorer pricing. Keep reading for the full run-down of the changes for 2018.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford GTS

Ford introduced its GT supercar in 2004 as a street-legal reimagining of the legendary GT40, the racer that managed to clinch epic victory over Ferrari at Le Mans in the mid to late ‘60s. The first-gen GT offered buyers a chance at all-American mid-engine glory, bearing a supercharged 5.4-liter V-8 sending 550 horsepower to the rear axle. Production ended in 2006, but nine years later, at the North American International Auto Show, the Blue Oval introduced a successor. The second-gen GT got updated styling, lightweight carbon fiber and aluminum construction, and a twin-turbo V-6 engine making 647 horsepower. The new GT went on to repeat its historical victory at Le Mans, solidifying its position as a winning race-bred street machine. With its heritage now secure, the Ford GT program might be searching for a new target, and Porsche could provide the perfect bull’s-eye. Say hello to the GT’s little brother, the GTS, a more affordable American mid-engine sports car designed to topple the mighty 911.

While it may look similar to the GT, a Ford GTS would be practically all-new, with smaller exterior dimensions, a fresh engine package, and a price tag more in line with Germany’s most famous performance machine. Of course, this is all speculation, as we don’t have anything solid to go off. But, if Ford did build such a GTS, what would it bring to the table? Read on to find out.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Mustang Notchback By Chris Cyrulewski

The line between muscle cars and sports cars is blurrier than ever, with models like the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro being able to compete with Models like the Porsche Boxster, Jaguar F-Type, and even the Aston Martin Vanquish – at least in terms of style, anyway. But, there was a time when muscle cars were exactly that – cars with big muscle under the hood and chiseled bodies. For the younger crowd out there, the term American muscle means a completely different thing than it does to those of us that grew up around big blocks, carburetors, and engine bays without miles of wire routed every which way. To those of us who remember what muscle cars used to be, it’s easy to see that today’s “muscle cars” are slowly losing their heritage in the style department. Just take a look at this Mustang design that is based on the current Mustang, but tweaked with lots of old school cues, giving us a glimpse at what the current-gen Mustang should look like.

The designs you see here were submitted to us by one of our long-time readers, Chris Cyrulewski, and is a modern interpretation of the Notchback design Ford has used in the past. It’s not his first rodeo when it comes to designing Mustangs, as he has had his hand in designing a GT350 Concept car for Ford as a freelance digital sculptor a while back as well. Needless to say, Ford should probably get in touch with him and work out a deal because this thing is gorgeous. Join me a little farther down the page to learn about the specifics.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Poised For AMG Buyout, German-Tuned Mustang Possibly In The Works

Last October, German officials took steps to ban the production of new internal combustion-powered cars by the year 2030. Although mounting pressure to create ever more efficient green vehicles is expected over the next few decades, an outright ICE ban is considered an extreme measure that could pose a huge challenge to the established German automakers. As such, AMG, the performance engineering firm best known for churning out high-spec Mercedes vehicles, might head stateside to circumvent the looming ban. Ford has been tapped as one possible buyer, prompting rumors that the Blue Oval’s next pony car could see a high-performance AMG iteration sometime in the near future.

According to insiders, Ford is eager to pick up AMG to help bolster its line of sports cars, and in particular the Mustang. “The Mustang is a global product now,” a source familiar with the matter told TopSpeed. “It’s important that Ford gives customers the sense they are buying something sporty, but also of the highest quality. An AMG badge would help monumentally in that regard.”

Whether or not Ford will go through with the purchase remains to be seen. There still remains a possibility that a rival like General Motors could pick up the wayward tuning company instead, but it’s unlikely given Ford’s reported interest in the deal.

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PostHeaderIcon Will the Ford GT's Drive Modes Stop Owners From Going Full Mustang?

The Ford GT may be all official and available to customers — with the first allocation already sold out — but FoMoCo is still rolling out information about the supercar as buyers await delivery. We’ve already learned about the tremendous technology behind the new GT, such as the industry-first gorilla glass windshield and the carbon-fiber wheels, and now it’s time to have a closer look at the car’s driving modes. The GT will come with five, each prepared for different driving scenarios.

Much like any vehicle out there, the American supercar starts off in Normal mode. Conceived for everyday driving, the Normal mode sets the ground clearance at 120 mm, while throttle and transmission calibrations are set up for standard driving. Traction and stability control systems cannot be adjusted, while the rear wing deploys automatically for aero assistance at 90 mph, returning to its normal position at 81 mph. The wing still deploys as an airbrake if sensors detect aggressive braking. Finally, the driver can soften the suspension by adjusting compression and rebound in the dampers at the press of a button.

In the Wet setting, which is obviously recommended for wet tarmac and rainy conditions, the ride height and other systems remain in their default, Normal-mode setup. However, throttle control is adjusted to limit the induction of slipping and sliding, thus enabling greater stability. The comfort suspension can also be activated in this mode.

Then there’s Sport mode, yet another feature that’s rather common for modern vehicles. When using this setting, the driver gets a more responsive throttle calibration and the anti-lag system kicks in. Developed for the Le Mans-winning GT race car, the anti-lag keeps the turbo spinning at all time to provide boost on demand. The normal ground clearance remains in place here too, but the comfort feature is deactivated, while AdvanceTrac stability and traction control become driver-adjustable allowing three additional settings. The Sport mode also allows more slip, yaw, and oversteer, while gear changes are made quicker and the clutch disengages more rapidly for enhanced acceleration.

Setting the Ford GT apart from most performance cars are the Track and V-Max mode, but more on those after the jump.

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PostHeaderIcon Muscle Car Melee – Mustang vs. Camaro

The car world is chockfull of heated rivalries, but few burn as brightly as the age-old battle between two of America’s most beloved muscle cars – the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro. What started in the mid ‘60s as a high-octane street fight with frequent skirmishes at the drag strip has evolved into one of the most contentious clashes in automotive history, and there’s no sign it’s gonna slow down any time soon.

These days, the fight between the Mustang and Camaro brings the same rear-tire-smoking dance and V-8 soundtrack as it has in the past, but the battle today brings with it a whole lot more than that. The straight-line bragging rights of a quick 0-to-60 mph sprint and quarter-mile ET are as important as ever, but thanks to cutting-edge construction techniques and materials to delete excess weight, as well as advanced suspension systems and tuning, these two monsters are now elevated to the realm of genuine sports cars, packing the goods needed to compete against some of the best performance machines in the world.

And that’s all well and good, but it doesn’t answer the fundamental question – which is better? We took a crack at answering that question in the following comparison review.

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PostHeaderIcon Will Ford Jump on the Performance SUV Bandwagon?

We have this undying love for SUVS – so much so that the market has been flooded in recent years and you can’t step outside your front door without seeing at least three in most areas. But, we also have a love for performance and large output figures, and that’s why the performance SUV market is slowly starting to take a hold. Just because your daily driver is big and bulky doesn’t mean it can’t be fast too, right? Well, we’re starting to see a number of models. Think about the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT or the Dodge Durango SRT. Or, how about Audi’s SQ5 and SQ7 SUV, and Porsches rang-topping versions of the Macan and Cayenne? These are all SUVS or crossovers that have the credentials of a performance vehicle. Well, now it looks like Ford is considering jumping into the high-performance SUV pool as well.

That’s right; in an interview with Car Dealer Magazine in the U.K., Ford’s performance Chief, Dave Pericak, all but confirmed that an RS-badged SUV could be in the blue oval’s future. When asked specifically about it, Pericak said, “I think customers love performance. I think the definition of what that means for an SUV might be different than what it means for a Focus or for a Fiesta. But I think that we’ve seen, even in the US and globally, that people like aggressive-looking cars, they like sporty, they want the power and pick-up and engine improvement, so I think the answer is yes. SUV customers would appreciate performance, for sure.”

So, it’s quite possible that we could see an RS-badged Ford SUV sometime in the coming years, but what model will it be? Keep reading to hear our predictions and learn a little more about it.

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PostHeaderIcon It Wasn't Neccesarily the First off the Line, but it is the First Hardtop Mustang to Receive a VIN

Back when Ford set out to build the 1965 Mustang, there were around 180 pre-production examples built to help set up production lines and make appearances here and there. Most of those cars have since disappeared into history, but the one you see here has managed to survive. It wears serial No. 00002 and is said to have come after a convertible that wore the serial No. 00001. There’s no way to say for sure if it was actually the first hardtop to roll off the pre-production line, as Ford didn’t necessarily build vehicles in sequential order back then, but it was the first production hardtop Mustang to receive an official VIN: 5F07U100002.

The car started out life in Ford’s Allen Park assembly plant along with the other pre-production examples but was eventually sent off to the Dearborn plant where it was finished and assigned the aforementioned VIN. IT was supposed to end up at Brown Brothers Ford in Canada but ended up at Whitehorse Motors in the Yukon Territory where it was used as a demo car before being sold to a customer in the spring on 1965. The car has had 13 owners since new but was eventually purchased by Mustang historian Bob Fria, who took the time to restore the car to its original condition.

By that, I mean that the car is finished in the original Caspian Blue with a Blue crinkly vinyl interior. It has 13-inch wheels, and a 170 cubic-inch six-cylinder that has the proper date code, and a three-speed manual transmission. The car has since been displayed at Ford World Headquarters during the brand’s 100th-anniversary celebration and has even been photographed with Lee Lacocca. There’s no telling how much this Mustang will actually sell for at auction, and Mecum doesn’t even give an estimate. But, considering its rarity and the story behind it, it could very well go for a hefty sum when everything is said and done.

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PostHeaderIcon Shelby GT350 Owners Are Ready to Burn the Blue Oval at the Stake

The Ford Shelby GT350 was Ford’s answer to the new Camaro Z/28 and the car Ford enthusiasts had been waiting for. It came with more aggressive exterior styling that reduced aerodynamic drag, a new front splitter, angled ducts in the grille, a vent on the hood, and real vents in the lower fascia that help to keep the front brakes cool under heavy load. It even had a belly pan to help increase air flow through. And, Ford even replaced the 5.0-liter with a 5.2-liter flat-plane crank V-8 that delivers an awesome 526 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque. So, it’s got the credentials of a track-ready car and was marketed as such, but a bunch of owners of this “track-ready” car say it’s not track ready at all and seek financial compensation from the blue oval for being duped into thinking it was.

Apparently, the GT350 will suddenly lose speed and power once on the track. And, in some cases, this can happen in as little as 15 minutes. That doesn’t sound like it makes for a fun day at the track, does it? As the story goes, it has been found that base model GT350s or those equipped with the technology package can overheat due to defective transmissions and rear differentials that overheat without external coolers. As such, the computer detects the overheating and puts the car into limp mode, causing it to lose power and slow down suddenly – something that not only ruins your run at the track but also poses a serious safety issue if there’s anyone close to you when limp mode is activated.

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PostHeaderIcon 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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PostHeaderIcon Ford Focus

The Ford Focus was first launched in the European marking in 1998 but came to North America for the 2000 model year as a replacement for the Ford Escort and its cousin, the Mercury Tracer. Despite being a “cheaper” model with goofy, bubbly headlights and a somewhat lackluster interior, the Focus was a big hit. The first generation model ran until 2004 and won more than 60 awards during its lifespan. It even found itself on Car and Driver’s Ten Best List. Ford has continued to improve on the looks and overall function of the Focus, and it is currently in its third generation, with a facelift taking place for the 2015 model year.

With the current generation being six years old, it’s not all that shocking that our spy photographers have caught what we believe to be the next-generation Focus out doing some cold weather testing. Oddly, it isn’t under any camo, and it looks quite similar to the facelifted Focus that debuted in 2015. Be that as it may, there are still some significant changes to mention – some that might be hinting that this mule is sporting an old, modified body as a decoy.

While the body may very well be a decoy, we can still make some predictions about the next-gen Focus. Take a little walk with me as I talk about what we see in the photos, and what we can expect when the next-gen Focus is unveiled sometime in the future.

Update 3/15/2017: We have received a second round of spy shots that show the next-gen Focus playing in the snow and on the ice. This time around, however, it’s sporting what appears to be the official body with lots of camo and padding to throw us off. Check out the exterior section below to learn all about it.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Ford Focus.


PostHeaderIcon Is this the Missing Bullitt Mustang or another Ford Marketing Scheme?

When Warner Bros. was filming the 1968 film Bullitt starring Steve McQueen, and his co-star, a 1968 Dark Highland Green Mustang, rumor had it that one Mustang was sold to a private owner – the one used for close-ups – while the stunt vehicle was sent off to the scrap yard. A true shame, indeed, but did it really happen? Maybe not. See, recently it seems that the stunt Mustang was found stashed away in Mexico, decades after was last seen. The worst part: Someone was going to turn it into an Eleanor. Not that you can blame someone for wanting an Eleanor, but it would have been a literal tragedy had someone made all of those modifications.

Apparently, the current owner and the shop that was slated to do the conversion did some research, and the VIN matched that of one of the two movie cars. Considering the other car is still stashed away in someone’s private collection, it’s not hard to at two and two together. There’s supporting photo evidence as well. User Fede Garza over at Vintage-mustang.com has posted images of the VIN, reinforced shock towers, and even the hole in the wheel well for the exhaust outlet of a generator that was used to power movie lights mounted to the vehicle.

The original poster claims he’ll be posting more images in the near future, and that an inspector was on his way to verify the authenticity of the car as the second Bullitt car. So for now, it’s still up in the air, and there is a lot of skepticism circulating about the story. Personally, I tend to wonder if this is a marketing ploy by Ford to draw interest.

Keep reading for the rest of the story


PostHeaderIcon Ford Fiesta ST

The seventh-generation Ford Fiesta was launched in the summer of 2016 and arrived in dealerships for the 2017 model year. It’s been less than a year since the new hatchback broke cover, and Ford is already launching the performance-oriented ST version. Unveiled ahead of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the new hot-hatch will make its public debut at the Swiss event and join both European and North American markets shortly after.

Sporting the same styling language as the standard model, the new Fiesta ST arrives with a sporty exterior package and an interior that stands out by means of badge-specific features and extra standard equipment. The ST was also redesigned under the hood, where the previous four-cylinder engine was replaced by a three-pot unit. The new ST also features three drive modes, a first for the nameplate, and various modification to the chassis.

“Our next generation Fiesta ST is true to the philosophy of delivering cutting-edge technology to enhance every facet of the responsive Ford Performance chassis and powertrain,” said Joe Bakaj, vice president, Product Development, Ford of Europe. “With selectable Drive Modes and an all-new EcoBoost engine delivering an unprecedented combination of performance and fuel-efficiency, the new model will deliver the most versatile, fun, engaging and rewarding Fiesta ST driving experience yet.”

Although Ford revealed plenty of details about the car, there’s more to come at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, so make sure you stay tuned for updates.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ford Fiesta ST.


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