BMW M2 and Ford Focus RS are heading to the race track for the ultimate battle in the midsize performance segment. These two are the hottest and most anticipated models of the year, and this is just the beginning of many reviews to come. The BMW M2 delivers a great value to its buyers as it can be had for only slightly more than a well-equipped M235i and it comes with so much standard equipment.

At the same time, the new Ford Focus RS is one of the best performance-per-dollar deals on the market. With a 2.3 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, that develops 350 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque, mated to a six-speed manual that powers all four wheels, the Focus RS is able to get from 0-60 mph in a claimed 4.6 seconds. That’s not far off of the claimed time for the BMW M2. The latest Focus RS features an AWD system and the top speed is rated at 165mph (266km/h).

BMW’s M2 Coupe on the other hand uses a single turbo 3.0-liter straight six sending 365 hp to the rear axle and for this review, it uses the 7-speed M DCT.

The different in price between the two is around $16,000, with the M2 being the more expensive one.

While the BMW M2 is a tail-happy, rear-wheel drive smile machine, the Focus RS is more focused on grip, as evident by its all-wheel drive.

But which one will be the faster one on track? Auto Express brought the two in the Landow circuit and pitted them against each other to determine the best in class.