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    A driver’s delight is not necessarily an All-Star

    By: Automobile Staff, March 6, 2017

    A run down the 2016 Ford Focus RS’s spec sheet reveals a car that our enthusiast judges should love: a punchy, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque; performance-tuned all-wheel-drive handling; a six-speed, honest-to-goodness manual gearbox; and a button that puts the car’s stability control into Drift mode.

    “Possibly one of the quickest street cars on any given road on any given day. Easy to drive hard, eminently tossable, and supremely sorted at the limit,” opined contributor Nelson Ireson.

    “The all-wheel-drive Focus RS corners with a sense of poise unmatched by any other sport-compact car,” followed contributor Michael Jordan.

    Sounds like love is in the air.

    This particular Focus RS was fitted with the optional RS2 package, which adds Michelin Super Sport tires, heated front seats/steering wheel/mirrors, and voice-activated navigation, along with a $2,785 price increase. Add $695 for the Nitrous Blue paint and you arrive at this All-Stars contender’s $40,255 price.

    Thanks in part to that sticker, the Focus’ interior raised some eyebrows. “The money has clearly been spent under the metal,” noted Ireson.

    Daily news editor Conner Golden wasn’t discouraged, describing the Focus RS a “fantastic performance bargain.”

    To find out if we ended up falling in love with Ford’s hottest hatch and named it an AUTOMOBILE All-Star, come back on March 11.

    2016 Ford Focus RS Specifications

    ON SALE: Now

    PRICE: $36,775/$40,255 (base/as tested)

    ENGINE: 2.3L turbocharged DOHC 16-valve I-4

    350 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 350 lb-ft @ 2,000-4,000 rpm

    TRANSMISSION: 6-speed manual

    LAYOUT: 4-door, 5-passenger, front-engine, AWD hatchback

    EPA MILEAGE: 19/25 mpg (city/hwy)

    L x W x H: 172.8 x 71.8 x 58.0 in

    WHEELBASE: 104.3 in

    WEIGHT: 3,460 lb

    0-60 MPH: 4.4 sec

    TOP SPEED: 165 mph

    2017 All-Stars Contender: Ford Focus RS | Automobile Magazine
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    4.4 to 60? must have had a thoroughly broken in car
    Keeping it pinned down while all cylinders are -6 is not good practice

    Money comes and goes, RS don't.
    Dude your life is also ticking away.
    Buy th damn car and mod away.

    The ST is an ST that's all it will ever be.

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    Yeah, that's the fastest 0-60 time I've seen posted.
    Stealth Gray 2017 RS2

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    That time came from one set of the Ford engineering team's slides when equipped with Cup2 tires. From this little article, it sure doesn't seem like they even sat in one, never mind drive or launch it.
    "We’re joined by plenty of exotic metal, including a 997 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, a Ferrari 458 Italia, an Audi R8 and two Porsche Cayman GT4s — all cars that should wipe the floor with the Focus RS. But they don’t." - Autocar

    "(The Focus RS) is fundamentally a better driver’s car than the other three here." - Top Gear - Focus RS vs. Rivals

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    2013 #2008,#349 of 2286 in PB ST2, Panda Tuned, Mountune CBE, CAI, DP, re-circ valve, and Strut Tower Brace, FRPP shifter, K&N filter, Steeda rear sway/strut tower bars, 3M clear bra, WeatherTechs w/ST badges, Zunsport grill kit, Tail of the Dragon decal, Hoonigan crash bar!
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