It also comes with 20-inch alloys, beefy 245/30-series ContiSportContact tires, and an aerodynamic bodykit as standard. The new Civic Type R may not be the fastest hot hatch, but its upgraded body and chassis, and “Nurburgring-tuned and tested performance components” should make it a formidable competitor against the Ford Focus RS. Both cars have turbocharged engines, offer superb value for money and even have the same Brembo brakes, but the Focus RS has the obvious power advantage with its 350 horsepower, and is also all-wheel-drive. It's a tough one to call, especially as the Focus RS only launched in the US last summer. Time will tell if the Civic Type R will make its mark in the US.