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I was in the same boat 2 months ago in that I was trying to decide; Kia Stinger AWD or the Focus RS. Well, being on this board, I "obviously" opted for the RS. I like the Kia. It's definitely a GT type car. It's roomy, rides smoothly, lots of power, lots of nice amenities. Definitely cornering is not as good as the RS. But it sure would be comfortable on long drives.
I'm kinda questioning my decision now. Part of choosing the RS was the ability to AX it and "track it", but right now, I've no desire to do either anymore. Being a way older driver, I find it a bit hard getting in and out of the RS and it being too firm a ride. Thinking I should have opted for the KIA given where I am in my life...
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I have both an Audi S4 (2015) and a 2016 RS...two different cars...but share the common characteristics of AWD, powerful engine, good handling, vectoring rear diff, distinctive looks, ...one is a dual clutch 7spd the other manual 6spd. They are distinctly different cars and while there is a little overlap in usage the Audi is the clear winner for almost everything except for "point and shoot" cornering on tight back roads and " the grin on my face" when driving the RS. As a DD....there is no comparison = Audi. For hwy driving and passing = Audi. Zero to 60mph = a tie...but after 60mph = Audi. The interior is by far the Audi.
I love my RS...for the way I use it. For me it is mostly a weekend car, driven in the mountains and back roads of TN, where the roads are narrow, elevation changes, tight corners and good road conditions make it an absolute joy!!! As a DD it is too compromised for my sensibilities (age).
I fully understand the attractiveness of the Stinger, or Hyundai G70 sport type cars vs the RS and if I didn't live in an area where I had such gorgeous and challenging roads within 15 min of my home, I'd be looking at getting one as well. If you like everything about either of those cars, except the "soft" handling and are willing to trade off a smidgeon of comfort for handling, a set of stiffer swaybars ($500) or possibly upgraded struts (coilovers - $2k) would make a noticeable improvement. Even my Audi S4 which comes with factory Sport suspension has been upgraded to a set of Ohlins coilovers to match my expectations. These upgrades don't affect warranties and will change the feel and character of the car.
Just raced one today.
Still love the RS...
2016 FOCUS RS
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