Official: Ford’s £25k Focus RS

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    Official: Ford’s £25k Focus RS
    Ford Focus RS (Image © Ford)
    By Christopher Hubbard
    December 17 2008

    Ford has announced the pricing and specification details for the Focus RS.

    Its fastest-ever European production model hits the streets in March 2009, and will cost from £24,995.

    * GALLERY: Ford Focus RS

    Ford Focus RS (Image © Ford)

    You think that sounds a little pricey for a Ford hatchback? We're not so sure. The Focus RS' raw power output has now been confirmed at 305hp, alongside the previously cited and still staggering 325 lb/ft of torque. Staggering, because as you will recall, the Focus RS is front-wheel drive only.

    325 lb/ft is a huge amount of muscle for the front wheels to handle without completely ruining the car's steering and handling. But the Focus RS' Quaife 'Automatic Torque Biasing' limited-slip differential and 'innovative RevoKnuckle front suspension system' is claimed to eat this right up, and come back clamouring for more.
    Ford Focus RS (Image © Ford)

    It weighs a heck of a lot less than a four-wheel drive system, too. And while the first generation, front-wheel drive only Focus RS was always something of a torque-steering handful, our experience with the current Focus ST's Mountune performance kit suggests the Blue Oval knows exactly what it's doing this time round.

    The Focus RS uses a highly tuned version of the Focus ST's 2.5-litre turbo petrol engine. To boost power from 225hp in the ST to 305hp in the RS, Ford has fitted new camshafts, and revised the cylinder head and gasket, air intake, and exhaust manifold. Leading to a substantial jump in performance.

    * Driven: Ford Focus ST Mountune

    160mph hot hatch
    Ford Focus RS (Image © Ford)

    Zero to 62mph is set to take less than six seconds, and top speed is in excess of 160mph. That's compared to 6.6 seconds and 152mph for the ST. Helping RS drivers maintain control, Ford has also developed a bespoke ESP system with Traction Assist, and fitted unique 19-inch alloy wheels.

    Other specification details that have been announced include standard air conditioning, six-CD stereo with DAB digital radio, Xenon headlights and LED taillights. The unique Recaro front seats will be offered with side bolsters that match the exterior colour scheme; the RS will be offered in Frozen White, Performance Blue, and Ultimate Green.
    Ford Focus RS (Image © Ford)

    Optional extras include a £500 leather interior upgrade, and a £750 Luxury Pack, with features including electronic climate control, auto lights and wipers, and rear parking sensors. This is also available with touchscreen satellite navigation for £1,500. The aggressive RS bodykit and double blade bootspoiler come as standard, of course.

    The Focus RS becomes the 22nd Ford to wear the famous 'Rallye Sport' badge since 1970. At £24,995 it does cost nearly 25% more than the most expensive Focus ST - the ST3, currently £20,408 - but in terms of power and on-paper performance compares well to Renault's outrageously focused Megane R26.R, which costs £23,314.

    The Focus RS was developed extensively at the Nürburgring. So the next question is: will Ford be going after the R26.R's hot hatch lap record?

    305hp! I wantt
  2. lol this is probably mega old
  3. THat's just badass. It's a shame we can't get something like this in the US. Hell i'd be happy if they dropped it in the Volvo C30.
  4. Theres always the Escort Cosworth if this never gets made.
  5. uhh....

  6. <A BORDER="0" HREF=""><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/confused.gif"></A> FWD & 325 lb ft?
  7. it handles perfectly that power, this is not an opel astra with too much power, i saw it IRL @ bologna motorshow, and there was also an explanation of how the new suspension works, too much technical to explain it in english for me, but it works, like all previous focus, also i'd take this over the megane, don't care if it takes a minute more to lap the ring, it looks decent at least.
  8. Umm did you drive it?
  9. no but all the tests of st focuses and other sporty models were awesome to drive while being FWD i don't see why this should be worst instead of an improvement
  10. Dry track after a nice warmup, maybe. Still makes me <A BORDER="0" HREF=""><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/confused.gif"></A>
  11. This car depresses me.
  12. let's wait and see, if it will suck we'll know soon.
  13. this car would be too expensive for the US.
  14. Still shits all over NA version.
  15. 19" wheels ? Thats just bullshit
  16. prob be priced in the same area as the evo and impreza sti. all depends on the exchange rate...but its not like other car companies don't source their cars from europe. but i doubt it would go to america anyway.
  17. FWD FTW. also 25k? thats a bargain.
  18. I want to drive it. In the wet.
  19. Im just saying the price of this car if brought to America would be its downfall. People will not pay that much for a hatchback.
  20. 160 MPH thats mad.
    not only are u wrong your names all suck as well.
    I will admit it my name is rubbish but at least i'm write itl do 155MPH.

    Best road cars: 1.Ferrari FXX
    2.Ferrari F50
    3.Ferrari F50 GT

    Best race cars: 1.Ferrari F333 SP
    2.Ferrari F430 SP1
    3.Audi R10 TDI

  21. S
  22. Neon SRT4 could go 160 and cost only 25,000
  23. When I was in the UK, a workmate had the ST3 and paid that much. This is a much more worked version. So yea i agree with youre statement
  24. GTFO!!!

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