1,500 orders have been taken for the new Ford Focus RS in the UK alone, months before anyone outside the company has driven it.
It’s hardly surprising as the Focus RS is one of the most highly anticipated cars scheduled for launch 2016. RS owners are a loyal bunch, too, many placing orders for the new car, according to Ford.
Power comes from a 2.3-litre, four-cylinder EcoBoost turbo motor, producing 345bhp and 324lb/ft of torque. That makes it the most powerful and fastest RS car ever built, dispatching 0-62mph in 4.5secs and running out to 165mph. The grunt is handled by a trick four-wheel-drive system with a drift mode. Ken Block-esque hooning should be a cinch.
Ford says the first 500 deposits were paid even before final pricing was announced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The remaining 1,000 have cascaded in in the few weeks since.
Prices start at £28,940.
“We expected those first in the queue to be exacting about their requirements, and so it has proved,” said Ford of Britain boss, Andy Barritt. “Many [are]opting for motorsport-style Recaro shell front seats, 19in black forged alloy wheels, luxury pack, electric tilt/side sunroof and Ford SYNC2 navigation and sound system.”
With those options, the total price adds up to £32,255, 40 quid less than a similarly-specced Honda Civic Type R GT.
Which would you choose?
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By Only Motors