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The Top Gear car review:Ford Focus RS
For:Engine feels bigger than it is, all-round usability, flamboyant handling traits
Against:High driving seat, subdued interior styling
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.