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Jan 31, 2015 - 6:06 AM - by stDan

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2016 Ford Focus RS Review by Autoevolution

Jun 24, 2016 - 3:05 PM - by Hoonigan
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By: Andrei Tutu, June 24th, 2016

History:7

Exterior:7

Interior:6

In the city:8

Open road:8

Comfort:7

Tech facts:8

Gadgets:7

Safety:9

Conclusion:9

Value for money: 8 / 10

I remember being left speechless after recently seeing a photo of Barack Obama visiting Russia before his first presidential mandate - the then U.S. senator was walking around Red Square without anybody batting an eye. Well, we can almost say the same thing about Ford's RS badge in the U.S., but all that is about to change thanks to the 2016 Focus RS.

While the first two Focus RS generations missing the American market means only a handful of enthusiasts out there know the value of these two letters following a Blue Oval label, the third incarnation of the insane hatch packs all the right assets to bring instant recognition.

After we've recently spent one day inside the third-gen Focus RS, with most of the action taking place on the track, we can safely say this is THE hot hatch of the moment. But we'll get to the comparo part later on, as we'll focus (no pun intended) on the machine itself for this section of the story.

Ford had been working to unify its go-fast divisions for quite some time now, but it wasn't until Ford Performance was created under the helm of Mustang Chief Engineer Dave Pericak that the company managed to achieve this goal. And with the new velocity-dedicated arm having promised us a dozen of performance vehicles through 2020 back in 2015 when the new Ford GT swept Detroit off its feet, the arrival of Focus RS The Third was only natural.

ďWhen it comes to the appearance of the thing, the 2016 Focus RS is a book that can be judged by its cover.Ē

In other words, the car looks just as it drives: fast, but smooth. And while throwing it a glance will instantly set this hot hatch apart from the Focus you rented last holiday, things now seem more... [Read More]
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RS500 early prototype shots?

Jun 21, 2016 - 7:44 PM - by akoutas
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Ford Focus RS tested on Mondello race track

Jun 21, 2016 - 3:22 PM - by Hoonigan
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We put Fordís new hot hatch through its paces at Irelandís national race track

by Ian Beatty, 21 June 2016

We have reviewed the Ford Focus RS already on the road, but now itís time to let it lose on the track, arguably its home-from-home. With 350bhp on tap, the RS is designed to be able to cut it with the best of them - and live up to a rich vein of fast Fords that includes the likes of the original RS versions of the Escort Mark II and a host of Cosworths.

On the road the Focus RS is stiff, even in normal driving mode. Select Sport or Track mode on the road at your peril, as the adjustable dampers stiffen even further which adversely affects the ride for all on board.

Yet the RS has one of the best electronic power steering systems I have experienced. On track the car encourages you to turn in to a corner harder each lap, delivering accurate feedback through the steering wheel.

The acceleration from a standstill is fierce, 100km/h comes up in just 4.7 seconds, the RS can decelerate just as quickly too thanks to its Brembo four-piston monoblock callipers. The six-speed manual transmission offers a short slick gear change.

You can safely experience the Focus RSís handling traits on track. In track mode you can accelerate earlier and harder mid-corner as power is transferred to the rear wheels eliminating understeer, transferring it to slight oversteer which ultimately reduces the laptime. If you select drift mode the RS will power slide with ease, although this isnít something youíre going to try on the open road. In the real world the advantage of this clever all-wheel-drive system is its all-weather traction and control.

The Focus RS is certainly faster on track than a Volkswagen Golf R, weíve yet to put a time to the Civic Type R, which we will do shortly. Around Mondello Parkís national circuit the Focus RS recorded a laptime of 1:05.49 which is slightly over one second slower than the more expensive Audi RS3. Itís fair to say the fast Ford is back, and in Nitrous Blue it truly looks the part.

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