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    New EVO review (I think, but hard to tell with EVO as they keep regurgitating!)

    By Will Beaumont, 20 May 2016

    Verdict: The Focus RS continues to impress with excellent performance and fine handling

    Evo Rating:  ★  ★  ★  ★  ★ 

    Price: £31,000

    For + Incredible pace while being fun and adjustable

    Against - Interior lacks sophistication and quality of German rivals

    evo Verdict

    Our favourite hot hatches are, usually, all about purity and mechanical simplicity. This lightweight, no nonsense attitude – perfected by the likes of Renaultsport – has often produced uncompromised, enjoyable hatchbacks.

    The Focus RS though, follows a completely different principal. Ford has taken high-tech engineering solutions to endow the RS with the ability to harness large amounts of power and drive with the agility of a smaller, lighter car.

    So the Focus RS might not fit our pre-existing mould for an unadulterated hot hatch. But, with a philosophy more akin to a Nissan GT-R, it’s still a recipe for a lot of fun.

    evo Tip

    The standard Recaro seats are very supportive, but look big and a bit ugly. The optional shell-backed items (also by Recaro) are firmer but look excellent and are even more supportive.

    evo Comment

    ‘Not once does it get light or floaty over crests or in direction changes, which means you can throw input after input into the car without ever having to wait for it to settle and regain its composure. As it lands in compressions at speed, meanwhile, the suspension soaks up the impact in a single stroke without ever running out of travel.’ Dan Prosser, Road Test Editor

    Ford Focus RS review - In-depth analysis of the current king of the super hatches | Evo

    @Hoonigan , could you make this look nice like the other review threads?
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    I'm amazed if they managed this : " testing extended a bit further than just a 0-60 time. We recorded a quarter mile time of 11.6sec at a speed of 124.2mph"

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    evo Tip

    The standard Recaro seats are very supportive, but look big and a bit ugly. The optional shell-backed items (also by Recaro) are firmer but look excellent and are even more supportive.

    Again they tease us about the shell seats!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoonigan View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by fireball View Post
    I'm amazed if they managed this : " testing extended a bit further than just a 0-60 time. We recorded a quarter mile time of 11.6sec at a speed of 124.2mph"
    My thoughts too, considering some of the other times quoted in other publications were in the 13s. Will keep checking it to see if they update it - the first comment on the EVO website comments asked this exact question!

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    That's an amazing time and speed and I expect to see times all over the board as more reviews come in. Hell, EVO could have had one of the STIGs driving that day while other sites that claim horrible times just have a keyboard jockey get out there and do the test. Being a manual and not a DSG transmission, the part that matters is what's between the steering wheel and the seat.
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    Looks like that has now been corrected to "Our testing extended a bit further than just a 0-60 time. We recorded a quarter mile time of 13.5sec at a speed of 104.2mph"

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    This also surprised me a bit:
    As it’s a Focus though, it’s practical, big enough for 5 people and has a relatively large boot.
    Compared to what I have to wonder ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregozedobe View Post
    This also surprised me a bit:


    Compared to what I have to wonder ?
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