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by Feann Torr, 23 January 2016

There's a game, and it's changed – Focus RS redefines the term 'performance car'

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International Launch Review

Valencia, Spain

Forget everything you thought you knew about hot hatches, because the Ford Focus RS does things that have never been done before. Powered by a 257kW/440Nm turbocharged engine and featuring a brilliant new AWD system, Ford's new hero hatch makes you feel like a driving deity. Arriving in Australia mid-2016 for $50,990 (plus on-rod costs), the Focus RS sets a new benchmark in the hot hatch genre. Yep, it's off chops.

As the turbo huffs, the engine pumps hard, steering wheel cranked over, I guide the Ford Focus RS through a smooth, tight corner for the first time, the foothills of Valencia a beatific backdrop. Approaching the apex I throw caution to the wind and give it everything, the muscular 257kW turbo engine's gravelly war cry intensifying.

Pulse rate rapidly increasing, I expect understeer, lots of it – the car is in pit-bull attack mode, like Alan Jones going after a Labor leader. But the Focus RS starts to oversteer and I understand that I'm dealing with a unique, innovative machine.

It punches out of the corner with incredible speed and I can feel, with magnificent clarity, the clever all-wheel drive system doing something magical. It's being proactive, virtually reading my mind.

It's at this moment a shiver runs down my spine. It's almost spiritual, such is the cars fluidity.

This is new, this is different, this is verging on epic! It's almost like the first time I tried a salted caramel treat at a fancy restaurant. So I do it again, and again, gorging on the sensations.

After hour an hour of hard driving, I'm sold. I want this car. Now.

This isn’t just a great hot hatch, it's one of the best performance cars yet. You can read about how the AWD techno-wizardry and rear-wheel torque vectoring works in our Ford Focus RS tech piece, suffice to say it's to hot hatches what salt is to caramel.

Driving on public roads, the Ford Focus RS is so utterly progressive in the way it motivates, and especially the way it corners, that driving it fast – blisteringly fast – comes naturally. And it's the way the car blasts out of corners is so very, very different to any of its rivals that makes it so compelling.

And get this, one Ford Performance engineer told us the car can "theoretically" shunt up to 100 per cent torque to the rear axle, not 70 per cent as previously stated. And I believe it.

Communication through the steering wheel is excellent and grip levels from the 235/35 ZR19 Michelin Pilot Super Sports is excellent yet there's enough power – and virtually no turbo lag – from the brawny 2.3-litre engine to encourage gradual oversteer.

And it's all so utterly accessible.

After countless sharp corners and various experiments with steering lock and throttle input leave me agog, the road opens up to long uphill straight and it's time to focus on the engine. First thought? God's teeth it's got mumbo!

Even though the six-speed manual could do with a little more precision, flicking through the gears rapidly is easy, the exhaust barking and snarling especially loudly between shifts. The Golf R and Subaru WRX STI ain't got nothin' on this, largely because of the way the forty 257kW/440Nm four-cylinder EcoBoost engine delivers power to the ground so proactively.

This new donk has been borrowed from the Mustang, but like that bloke at the gym with no neck it's been hitting the steroids with a vengeance, with a bigger twin-scroll turbo developing 1.6 bar (23 psi), a new airbox and a specially machined cylinder head. It's then turned 90-degrees and given a much louder voice, which helps develop a deeper connection between car and driver.

From low revs the engine is responsive and by 3000rpm its on song, a fat wad of torque propelling it forward with a level of vehemence matched only by Donald Trump telling the world how much of Manhattan he owns.

It's so tractable you can leave it in third gear and still fang around corners at warp speed.

By 5000rpm the beefy four-stroke four-pot is pushing past its 440Nm peak, momentarily tapping into 'overboost' mode, where extended full-throttle application spikes output to 470Nm. Gravy!

Then as 6000rpm arrives the full 257kW hits and the scenery begins to blur, as the engine spins onwards – and eagerly – to its 6800rpm rev limit when you wring its neck.

Then, snap another gear and the party keeps going. Addictive? Like watching videos of people falling over on Youtube. While eating salted caramel.

Ford's first four-wheel drive hottie since the Escort RS models of the 1990s rips from 0-100km/h in just 4.7sec, faster than the Subaru WRX STI and Volkswagen Golf R. It also has a top speed of around 265km/h. For the record it cruises very nicely at 180km/h.

Slowing this WRC-inspired missile from extreme speeds are big 350mm front brakes mated to four-piston calipers. The sizable anchors provide the Focus RS with premium stopping-power, the brakes so powerful the Focus RS will cock its leg and take a pee on a corner apex. It adds a huge amount of confidence to have so much deceleration feel and stomp, allowing you to plunge ever deeper into tight corners.

Tyrone Johnson, the chief engineer at Ford Performance Europe, explained the three major pillars of the Focus RS were the engine, AWD system and brakes, and the latter certainly live up to expectation in this performance purebred.

Driven on unfamiliar public roads, the Ford Focus RS is satisfying beyond description. There simply aren't enough superlatives to describe how engaging and progressive and addictive it is to drive this car the way it's meant to be driven – hard and fast.

But it's not beyond reproach. Despite having dual-mode adaptive suspension, even the softer setting is pretty stiff and the roads we blatted down in Spain were of an exceptionally good quality. Ergo, it'll be interesting to see how it corners on dodgy, crumbly Aussie roads and how it rides over pot-holed crud.

The interior is a bit of let down too. The important parts are great; steering wheel, pedals, tight Recaro seats. But some of the interior dash plastics look and feel cheap and the dot-matrix heating/cooling display is dated.

It's also heavy for a car of this size, the AWD system adding around 60kg, taking kerb weight to 1575kg. But you wouldn’t know it because the Focus RS blasts from point-to-point like Lebron James.

Like my great Uncle George, bless his soul, it likes a drink too. The trip computer reading was 25.8L/100km after an intense blast through the hills then a freeway cruise, the car slurping down an entire 52-litre tank of fuel after just 180km. Then again, it was driven with purpose.

The German-made Ford Focus RS is one of the most anticipated car launches of 2016 and it exceeds expectation. I was expecting a fast, controllable and perhaps slightly raw beast, not unlike its front-drive predecessor. But what I experienced was next-level brilliance, a car that shines in so many ways.

Production of the Ford Focus RS used to be limited in number. It used to be front drive. And it used to cost a fair bit of cash... Not any more.

That it's now a full-time model, has an epic torque-vectoring 4WD system and an engine that sounds like it was taken from a race car, you really do feel like a driving God when hammering this car.

And priced from $50,990? It's going to redefine the term 'waiting list' in Australia just as it redefines what a performance car can do when it arrives here around mid-year.

All this, and we're yet to try the 'drift mode' and fang it on the race track. Stay tuned for that one, it should be lark.

Quite simply, the Ford Focus RS represents a paradigm shift on several levels, elevating driver involvement and power delivery in performance cars to new levels. This is not only the best hot hatch ever made, it's quite possibly the best performance car ever made. To quote myself, "it's off chops, mate".

2016 Ford Focus RS pricing and specifications:
Price: $50,990 (plus on-road costs)
Engine: 2.3-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol
Output: 257kW/440Nm
Transmission: Six-speed manual
Fuel: 25.8L/100km (as tested)
CO2: N/A
Safety Rating: Five-star Euro NCAP

Also consider:
>> Subaru WRX STI (from $49,490 plus ORCs)
>> Volkswagen Golf R (from $52,740 plus ORCs)
>> Audi RS 3 (from $78,900 plus ORCs)

Ford Focus RS 2016 Review ? Car Reviews, News & Advice - CarPoint Australia
 

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Driven on unfamiliar public roads, the Ford Focus RS is satisfying beyond description. There simply aren't enough superlatives to describe how engaging and progressive and addictive it is to drive this car the way it's meant to be driven – hard and fast.
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An epic review.
 

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If this is actuauly true, then mpg onperformance testing on the RS sucks

"Like my great Uncle George, bless his soul, it likes a drink too. The trip computer reading was 25.8L/100km after an intense blast through the hills then a freeway cruise, the car slurping down an entire 52-litre tank of fuel after just 180km. Then again, it was driven with purpose."

Gas mileage can't be this bad!! 25.8L/100km = 9.2 mpg :eek:ffended::uncomfortableness:

52 liter for 180 km = 112 miles on 13.74 gallons = 8.15 mpg :nightmare: :pig:


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"Like my great Uncle George, bless his soul, it likes a drink too. The trip computer reading was 25.8L/100km after an intense blast through the hills then a freeway cruise, the car slurping down an entire 52-litre tank of fuel after just 180km. Then again, it was driven with purpose."

Gas mileage can't be this bad!! 25.8L/100km = 9.2 mpg :eek:ffended::uncomfortableness:

52 liter for 180 km = 112 miles on 13.74 gallons = 8.15 mpg :nightmare: :pig:


YMMV,

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Another reviewer mentioned that they got just over 10 mpg on the track. Another still showed combined road and track of 12.1 mpg. I always expect track time to halve my road mileage (at least).
 

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I doubt anybody driving the RS is treating it like their wife. They are treating it like a cheap hooker while the wife is away. I Can get decent milage out of my STi, but I might as well be driving a Prius.
 

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The consumption figures on the track shouldn't really be a surprise and you're not at a track with the expectation of an economy run. Crikey, for those that are tracking it, are you going to look at the fuel figures while belting it and yell out sh**, and go easier on the throttle? Hammer any car on a track and you're going to see relatively appauling consumption. Not only that, more maintenance including engine oil, diff/clutch pack oil and an expensive tyre replacement sooner than otherwise.

It's been said previously that to achieve the claimed consumption figures you need to go gingerly on the throttle and precisely on the gear changes. Although , that's going to be a bit of a battle in my view while you have the lure of that exhaust note........
 

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This review does not mention the track or drift mode demo, only the drive through the hills that happened on the first day of the junket. If he is emptying a tank on 180km of twisty hill roads...colour me slightly concerned! Im going to have to strap a jerry can to the back of this thing if I want to head out for a day of fun.
25.8L/100km is worse economy than that SRT Jeep Grand Cherokee, which is a tad daunting.
I mean, its a ripping review from our perspective, but for the "RS as a DD" crew economy like this is going to significantly affect bottom line operating costs.
 

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This review does not mention the track or drift mode demo, only the drive through the hills that happened on the first day of the junket. If he is emptying a tank on 180km of twisty hill roads...colour me slightly concerned! Im going to have to strap a jerry can to the back of this thing if I want to head out for a day of fun.
25.8L/100km is worse economy than that SRT Jeep Grand Cherokee, which is a tad daunting.
I mean, its a ripping review from our perspective, but for the "RS as a DD" crew economy like this is going to significantly affect bottom line operating costs.
He states, "But then again, it was driven with purpose", and no doubt, driving it through the mountainous twisties, being on song and giving it plenty of curry, I have no concerns about what it can achieve in terms of economy with that level of performance. I believe it will be a good balance, but with any turbo, press a little hard and it will need a drink. Not concerned, plus for me it will look great standing still..............
 

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He states, "But then again, it was driven with purpose", and no doubt, driving it through the mountainous twisties, being on song and giving it plenty of curry, I have no concerns about what it can achieve in terms of economy with that level of performance. I believe it will be a good balance, but with any turbo, press a little hard and it will need a drink. Not concerned, plus for me it will look great standing still..............
Haha well spirited driving not withstanding, you have to admit that is a very thirsty vehicle. No one is going to withdraw their deposit over this, but I'm not going to gloss over the fact that the fuel bill is going to escalate proportionally with my driving enjoyment.
 

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350bhp, 470Nm, high fuel usage...........gotta control combustion somehow ;)
 

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Haha well spirited driving not withstanding, you have to admit that is a very thirsty vehicle. No one is going to withdraw their deposit over this, but I'm not going to gloss over the fact that the fuel bill is going to escalate proportionally with my driving enjoyment.
Under the manuals in the Focus RS Guides thread, it does provide guidelines on how to achieve the optimum economy, through changing gear within a designated RPM range. It's a fairly gingerly and prescribed process and most of us won't drive like that. However, if you're in city traffic it's not unrealistic to adhere to that and achieve relatively good economy. Perhaps to put things in perspective, there's an article that was recently posted which compares the RS 0-60/100 time with 25 supercars over history and I have no doubt that the RS would have better economy than all of them..............:)
 
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