This is of course a purely theoretical exercise. For one, I
don’t have the money to buy any of these cars brand new or second hand (in the
future). But since the Civic launch was highly anticipated here in the Philippines
I figured, what the heck. IF I was getting a hot hatch, which will I buy?
1. Ford Focus RS
- 350 hp
2. Honda Civic Type R
- 306 hp
3. Subaru WRX STi
- 305 hp
4. Volkswagen Golf R
- 292 hp
There are a lot of road tests by people better qualified
than myself so I won’t even pretend to try road testing them. So any evaluation
made here is purely based on my subjective observations and conclusions.
First, I do like Hondas. I own a CRV which I love and will
probably keep forever. I was one of those who were salivating when the Civic
SiR first came out.
The Subaru has long been
on my want list and was one of my favorite cars in Gran Turismo. The Volkswagen
Golf has been around for a much longer time and I always found it intriguing
As mentioned in my last post, I was going to look into the New
Civic Type R vs the Camaro and Mustang.
This came about because the quoted range for the Civic R is
2.48 to 2.8M and a search in the local car marketplace showed a 2015 Camaro with
5T kms on the odometer for 2.695M and a 2013 Mustang with 10T kms on the
odometer for 2.45M.
So clearly, if I were a prospective car buyer and I had 2.8M
burning in my pocket, I would take a look around to see what else I could get
for that sort of money. Actually there are several other interesting cars like
a BMW 630i Convertible or a Porsche 996 but to keep things organized, lets
focus on American muscle first.
I grew up in an era where American cars were king and the
European cars were just becoming popular. At this time, Camaro and Mustang were
a whole lot of GO but not much when the road starts winding.
All that has changed today.
In fact, the Camaro is giving the Nissan Skyline R35 a run
for its money on the TRACK! I myself was shocke…
Just in time for the 70th year of Ferrari, the
successor to the F12 Berlinetta has arrived in the form of the 812 Superfast. Its an evolution of the F12 design which was already beautiful to begin with.
The 812 builds on that, modifying the lines of the F12 so that the 812 comes out as decidedly aggressive. I suppose if you owned the F12, you'd keep it to use as a sort of "Gentleman's Express" while the 812 Superfast is what you'd use to sow chaos on the road. With nearly 800 hp (789) on tap, this Ferrari lives up to
Here is the official video from the Ferrari Channel
Ferrari put together an awesome site just for the 812 which
you can access here
The photos below came from the Ferrari site and there’s much
more material on the official site that’s sure to keep Ferrari enthusiasts busy.