Bang for your buck: Ford’s 345bhp Focus RS will cost less than £29,000 | Top Gear
Advertisement
BBC TopGear
BBC TopGear
Frankfurt Motor Show

Bang for your buck: Ford’s 345bhp Focus RS will cost less than £29,000

Banzai 4WD hot hatch weighs in beneath VW Golf R and Honda Civic Type R. Good

Published: 16 Sep 2015
 comments

When it goes on sale next spring, the Ford Focus RS will cost £28,940, sprint from 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds and hit 165mph. That’s a set of numbers worth boasting about, isn’t it?

Let’s start with that price, because it’s a bit of a winner: cheaper than a Golf R (from £30,820) or base Civic Type R (£29,995). That puts the Focus RS toe-to-toe with the Golf GTI or Seat Leon Cupra, but above the recently announced Renaultsport Megane Cup-S, which looks a bargain at £23,935.

Advertisement - Page continues below

Back to the Focus, though. For under 29 large you get a 4WD, 345bhp, turbocharged 2.3-litre four-cylinder hot hatch with full torque vectoring, plus launch control and the much talked-about ‘Drift Mode’.

We had a ride in a development Focus RS a few months back and can confirm that it does indeed do sideways. Mind you, it helped that the chap driving us went by the name of Ken Block.

The rivals Ford is undoubtedly keen to draw attention to are the Mercedes A45 AMG and Audi RS3, both of which have even more poke (376 and 362bhp respectively), faster acceleration (4.2 and 4.3 to 62mph) and price tags about ten grand more.

The thing to remember here is that the Focus RS has a manual gearbox. This alone will account for pretty much all the time lost against the clock. Real world? It should be just as fast as its premium rivals, while costing many thousands of pounds less.

Advertisement - Page continues below

Honestly, under £29,000 for the Focus RS? Well done, Ford. 

Top Gear
Newsletter

Get all the latest news, reviews and exclusives, direct to your inbox.

More from Top Gear

Loading
See more on Ford

Promoted Content

Subscribe to the Top Gear Newsletter

Get all the latest news, reviews and exclusives, direct to your inbox.

By clicking subscribe, you agree to receive news, promotions and offers by email from Top Gear and BBC Studios. Your information will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.