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…
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
The new Volvo XC40 is gaining quite a bit of attention in the motoring world. Many industry analysts feel that the XC40 just might be what the doctor ordered to fast track the growth of the compact SUV market.
In the Philippines, if the Volvo could be imported at its US price point where the fully loaded XC40 is just about 200,000 PESOS more expensive than the fully loaded Honda CRV, it would definitely make waves in the market.
However, Volvo Philippines might opt to keep the image of the brand as a premium marque and price it a bit higher which would be a shame. Because as the specs below show, the Volvo would clearly perform quite well in the market at the US price point.
Here are the relevant specifications comparing the Volvo XC40 to the Honda CRV. All data taken from their respective corporate website. VOLVO XC40PRICE R DESIGN T5 AWD - $38695