The Ford Focus RS isn’t just one of the most highly anticipated hot hatchbacks of late, it’s one of the most highly anticipated cars. Period. Impressive entries into the versatile world that is hot hatchbacks definitely state their claim as being the best. Noteworthy entries from Honda, Renault and Seat have all been exciting but the absence of the Focus RS has been something that hasn’t gone unnoticed. Confirmation of this is that 1,500 UK orders have been placed without a test drive. 500 were already placed before prices and specifications were even announced. This really does show the excitement surrounding this latest instalment bearing the RS badge, and it is easy to see why.
Powered by a more powerful version of the 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine you will find in the new Mustang, the new Ford Focus RS produces 345BHP which is sent through all four wheels via a six speed manual gearbox. 0-62 MPH is dealt with in a mere 4.7 seconds and will hit a top speed of 165MPH. There is also 440Nm of torque on offer, or 470Nm with overboost if you really want to do yourself and the tyres some damage.
It begins to become apparent then why 1,500 people in the UK don’t even feel the need to have a go in the new Focus RS to know it’s going to be one heck of a car. Another reason for this demand is the very attractive price tag. £28,940 for all the car you will ever need is something that is undeniably tempting. Less than £30,000 for a car for the track, something to comfortably go to work in, school runs and shopping trips all rolled into one. How could you possibly say no?