I'm surprise no one has started this thread yet. I personally think that the svt focus is in direct contact with the civic si in terms of target market. Both have similar hp output at 170hp and 160hp respectively and similar torque figures at 145lbft and 141lbft respectively. Also, they are both n/a engines and they are both hatchbacks. They most noticeable differences as of now I would think are the price ranges. In terms of performance, I really don't know which one would handle better and accelerates better though. Focus probably has some good suspension experiences from the RS and the si always had pretty good suspension. But if I were to pick one right now, I would say the si, just because I believe that it is more reliable. Which would you pick?