New Ford Focus RS: A hot hatch
The Ford German engineered and built Focus RS Turbo is one hot hatch that's guaranteed to turn heads
The Ford German engineered and built Focus RS Turbo is one hot hatch that's guaranteed to turn heads, but it's not cheap at $59,990 plus on-road costs.
The highly refined, close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission of the Focus RS Turbo taps into the sizzling power of the smooth revving 2.5L Duratec 20V 5 cylinder turbocharged engine, delivers 224Kw of power - 440Nm of torque and a fuel efficiency of around 12.3litres /100km.
While similar high-powered cars use AWD to get this sort of power to the ground, the Focus relies on its brilliant 'Revo-Knuckle' system and its sports suspension. Its high-performance 336mm ventilated front and 300mm rear disc brakes means that it stops as well as it goes.
The exterior may look wild, but the interior looks mundane. For a $60,000 car, the grey plastic is second-rate and the 'carbon-fibre' trim looks extremely fake, but the Recaro front bucket sports seats are very comfortable indeed.
For its hefty price the hot hatch gets a sports styling kit and large rear spoiler, dual front and front side airbags, full-length curtain airbags, ABS, EBD, brake assist, traction control, stability control, dual-zone climate control, rain-sensing wipers, xenon headlamps, rear parking sensors, an eight-speaker stereo with CD USB/Aux inputs, keyless entry, ignition, Bluetooth, 19-inch alloy wheels, twin exhausts and parking sensors.
On the down side the car does not have cruise control or Sat Nav, these probably being a big ticket dealer option.
There are very limited numbers of the RS model available, but if you miss out there are a number of alternatives which offer similar or better performance at around the same price in the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo, Subaru WRX STI and the more cost effective Volkswagen Golf R.
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