Ford Focus RS vs Honda Civic Type R vs BMW M140i – In The Wet

The hot hatch segment has really blossomed, and while only a few years back 200 HP was, more or less, the norm, nowadays no one enters the ring with less than 300 ponies.

The Civic Type R created a buzz when it was launched, but in this company it is the weakest of the three, its 306 HP paling in comparison to the M140i’s 335 and the Focus RS’s 345.

Even so, they all slip below the 6-second mark in the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint and nudge 170 mph (270 km/h) – bar the BMW, which, as usual, is electronically limited to 155 mph (250 km/h).

Each goes around its business in its own unique way: the Honda sticks to front-wheel drive, the Bimmer is, thankfully, still rear-wheel drive and the Focus RS, for the first time, has switched to AWD. The wet tarmac surely played in favor of the Ford, which was the undisputed winner in this three-way comparison. As for the other, two, you’ll have to watch the video to find out how they fared.


  • ahtesham khan

    honda civic car is my favourite AWD vs FWD vs RWD: Focus RS, Civic Type R, M140i Track Battle.

  • TheBelltower

    None of this is a surprise. The Ford has proven to be a phenomenal car. And thankfully, it’s one that’s now available stateside. Honda and BMW don’t offer hatch versions of these cars here… in fact the Civic R isn’ available at all. So I’ll just assume that the results will translate to the coupe version of the BMW 1 series that we do have.

  • Zandit75

    Ford needs a Sedan version of the RS. It’s the better looking of the two body styles available here in Australia. A sedan RS would look awesome.