Power to the people
Posted: 21 May 2010
It's not really a proper muscle car, but saying that to its face is like walking up to Amir Khan and saying "Hey, you're not a proper muscle man."
Yes, the RS may look like a hot hatch, but the engine is a turbocharged bicep. And it may have front-wheel drive, like a hot hatch, but those revoknuckles and that clever diff mean that in a corner, the front end feels like it's been nailed to the road by a 14th-century blacksmith. Sure, the back's loose, half of it in the air and the other half making a break for freedom, but that's what a muscle car does. Wiggle its bottom around when you get excited.
Let's call it a muscled-up, corn-fed, ripply abbed hot hatch. That's fair. Then let's try to imagine a more all-round car. First of all, it will seat five. Sure, those front seats rob a little knee room in the back, but who's going to complain?