The Ford Focus RS might just be the bargain of the decade when it goes on sale next spring, with a price tag of £28,940.
That buys a lot of bang for your buck: 345bhp, 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 165mph, all wrapped up in a practical mid-size hatchback. To put that price into perspective, the Honda Civic Type R costs over £1,000 more than the Focus RS, and the five-door VW Golf R is £2,500 more.
A 2.3-litre, four-cylinder EcoBoost engine serves up the power, sent to the road via Ford’s trick four-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring on the rear axle. And let’s not forget the launch control and much-vaunted ‘drift mode’.
According to Ford, drift mode helps the driver “achieve controlled oversteer drifts under circuit conditions.” In other words, Ken Block-esque hooning will be so easy your granny could do it.
Chief engineer on the Focus RS, Jurgen Gagstatter, said: “The all-new Focus RS delivers stunning performance and innovative technology at a price that will make both our customers and premium automakers look twice. After experiencing the acceleration and cornering capability of the Focus RS, drivers will question the sense in spending almost £10,000 more on a premium competitor.”
That’s Ford taking a shot at the big guns of the hot hatch world, the Audi RS3 and Mercedes-AMG A45. Both are more powerful (362bhp and 376bhp respectively) and half-a-second or so quicker to 62mph. But we suspect the Focus will be playful to drive than the rather serious Germans. And the fact it has a manual gearbox where the Audi and Merc only have dual-clutchers will seal the deal for many buyers.
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By Only Motors