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Car Review

Ford Focus RS

£ N/A
910
Published: 26 Jul 2016
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Ford Focus RS review: a 345bhp hot hatch that's as usable as a diesel and drives like a rally car.

Good stuff

Engine feels bigger than it is, all-round usability, flamboyant handling traits

Bad stuff

High driving seat, subdued interior styling

Overview

What is it?

The Ford Focus RS is the latest in a long-line of RS-badged fast Fords – cars on a mission to bring electrifying performance to people of normal means. What we have here is 345bhp from a tuned version of the Mustang’s 2.3-litre four-cylinder EcoBoost turbo engine channeled though a six-speed manual and a trick four-wheel drive system, that can make the Ford Focus RS behave like it’s rear- instead of front-driven. Adaptive dampers, launch control, a rear wing and all the usability of a normal five-door Ford Focus EcoBoost are thrown in too, and all for around £30,000.

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What is the verdict?

Fast, fantastic, affordable: the Focus RS is what we call a game-changer
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