The 2018 Honda Civic Type R is fresh out of the box and already we've put it up against its fiercest challenger in the form of the Ford Focus RS in a world-exclusive first. 

The cars are similar in aim, but quite different in execution. The Type R's wild excesses coming up against the slightly more restrained nature of the Focus RS. 

We've long appreciated the prodigious talents of the hot Focus hatch, as evidenced by our review – but the big question is, how does the Type R stack up against its greatest foe? Watch the video to find out and read our head-to-head review

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Gallery: 2017 Honda Civic Type R First Drive