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A couple of nights ago I had the rare opportunity (wife and 5 month old at home) to run some errands at night alone in my ST with some low 50s/high 40s temps, rare in SoCal. All I have on the ST is a tune Randy did before joining Mountune (for those of you that are coming from focusst.org). I was just cruising when I realized the ST has really come alive because of the low temps. I dropped it into second in some empty streets and hung out between that 2-5k range whipping the steering wheel a bit on some corners.

Man, that **** was fun. It got me to think really hard about just how much fun the RS is going to be with almost a 100 more HP/TQ, GKN awd, Brembo brakes and so much more!

The main reason I ordered the RS without hesitation and just cannot wait to get it is because Ford made me a believer with the ST.

Does anyone else feel the same way? What's your reason for losing sleep waiting for the RS? Hopefully this adds some positivity to this forum!


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I currently drive a focus titanium (2013 with the 2.0 TDCI) which is a great little car. I do a lot of travelling for work and really enjoy a vehicle with a bit of pep and cornering ability (6L/100km doesnt hurt either). I have been watching the RS for months and months (like everyone here) and telling myself that I would not be able to justify the expense and performance - I kept telling myself that I needed a more commercial vehicle for profile on my construction sites etc. So, I went down to my local Ford dealership and test drove an Everest Titanium, which was big and comfy and the most BORING vehicle I EVER got behind the wheel of. Thats over AUD$80k... screw that.

Returned the everest, handed the keys over and immediately placed an order for the RS. I realised that if im going to be on the back roads for 25% of my working week i would enjoy myself a lot more with a vehicle that put a smile on my face. Now I cant stop checking this damn forum....
 

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I deal with major traffic on my 40 mile morning commute. Almost all of it is on a 55 mph 2 lane road with medians. Tons of stoplights. I have a blast with my 9-3 in manual mode with only 210 HP. I cant wait for the RS. Having a good drivers car is really the only thing keeping me sane and the Saab is loosing my interest . . .
 

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I enjoy whipping through traffic in my Mazda 3 which only has 167 hp. Even so, it's a blast! I can't wait for 350hp at my disposal whenever I hit the road! All these years of improving my road scanning abilities and using my radar detector to spot cops will certainly pay off.

Among many other reasons, but I'm not one to write an essay on this forum :cool:
 

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I have been a hatch fan for close to 30 years. My first was an 87 Escort GT, then an 89 Escort GT They were both used and we drove them both until they were dead. After an F150 and an Expedition to pull my racing trailer, in 04 I bought a black ZX3 new. The wife totaled it in 06 and i finally found me an SVT in 11 and it is my current car.
I've wanted an RS ever since the MK1 came out in 02. Even looked into importing one. Had been keeping an eye on the development of the RS but figured that it would remain for Europe only.mi
Was about to order a 15 ST but the closer the summer of 14 came the more the RS was looking like a reality for the US. So I waited and I'm glad I did. Began dealing with a couple of local dealerships in February and made my choice in September when they agreed to sell me one at MSRP with no ADM.
I ordered it on Oct 13 and it is Selected for Scheduling.
Can't wait to get it to Road Atlanta , AMP, and Barber for track days.
 

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can anyone get me insight as to what the estimatedf mpg is on the awd 4 cylinder rs
I've seen anywhere from 26 to 34 mpg listed for the US for the highway.

I'd come to expect in actual life somewhere around 29mpg highway and around 23 in the city.
 

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I'm not a huge fan of fwd. Thats why I had a E46 M3 as my DD. After gutting it and putting in a roll cage I'm in the market for a new car(my 96 caprice just ain't cutting it). I began looking for a awd rally car. A few weeks ago I was looking up Mitsubishi dealers to buy a EVO X FE when I accidentally came across these forums about pre ordering the RS. I never believed Ford would actually bring it to the states.
That night I was at a ford dealer by my house putting my deposit on their 2nd allocation...
 

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A couple of nights ago I had the rare opportunity (wife and 5 month old at home) to run some errands at night alone in my ST with some low 50s/high 40s temps, rare in SoCal. All I have on the ST is a tune Randy did before joining Mountune (for those of you that are coming from focusst.org). I was just cruising when I realized the ST has really come alive because of the low temps. I dropped it into second in some empty streets and hung out between that 2-5k range whipping the steering wheel a bit on some corners.

Man, that **** was fun. It got me to think really hard about just how much fun the RS is going to be with almost a 100 more HP/TQ, GKN awd, Brembo brakes and so much more!

The main reason I ordered the RS without hesitation and just cannot wait to get it is because Ford made me a believer with the ST.

Does anyone else feel the same way? What's your reason for losing sleep waiting for the RS? Hopefully this adds some positivity to this forum!


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I feel the same, although sometimes I think the st is worth keeping, mine is built well and hasnt cause me any grief. She really loves 5000 rpm. The rs will be my 5th foci and I've been dreaming of the day I take delivery of an rs forever. Its an epic and an iconic car but that doesnt change the way I feel about my st. I will miss it
 

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I feel the same, although sometimes I think the st is worth keeping, mine is built well and hasnt cause me any grief. She really loves 5000 rpm. The rs will be my 5th foci and I've been dreaming of the day I take delivery of an rs forever. Its an epic and an iconic car but that doesnt change the way I feel about my st. I will miss it
I think the same thing nearly every day. The ST really is a remarkable vehicle. Just like @KingZee, today it was 20*F with clear roads and clear sky, driving along the Columbia River with curves made in heaven; the ST just comes alive. It may not be a stop light thriller, but it'll get from 40 to 100mph in a big hurry. I'm going to miss that car.
 

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For me it's my first AWD and turbo car...I'm gonna really have to keep a grip on my modding expenses since now I know I'll have a car that can put the power to the ground.
 

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For me it's my first AWD and turbo car...I'm gonna really have to keep a grip on my modding expenses since now I know I'll have a car that can put the power to the ground.
You... Will be able to enjoy this car for a long while before you get bored of the factory power if that's the case haha.
 

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I need new tires for my current car as running negative camber ate the insides of my front tires. I'd rather wait and do that after the RS gets here as I want all of my money to go to that, lol.

Oh yeah, this'll also be my first awd car, so there's that. I just hope I can rein the modding bug in a bit more than with my genesis.
 

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Not my first AWD, had the CR-V before. Will be first turbo. Also, much less torque than my highest torque car's stock rating at 485 lb-ft, but the RS will be much lighter too (about a ton lighter).
 

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For me it's my first AWD and turbo car...I'm gonna really have to keep a grip on my modding expenses since now I know I'll have a car that can put the power to the ground.
I got my last turbo AWD car up to ~350hp and 320 torques and stopped there. I thought that was plenty for a sport coupe. The Focus weighs more, but I'd expect that sentiment to be similar. At least for me.
 

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With a turbo car, you need a game plan. So for once I may just upgrade cosmetics first and actually utilize my warranty. (lol, we'll see)

Once that's over, it'll be time to upgrade thru stage packages. Either way, I'm pretty excited for it's potential.
 

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Its the ultimate Colorado car. Ive been holding onto a 2003 Audi A4 180k miles now for 3yrs ever since I heard the RS was possibly AWD.....and because no one was making a worthy car to replace it. Now...there is...a Ford. IMO, Colorado car needs: a turbo, awd, manual, 5 doors. Its harder to find than you think. I cant wait to roast all of these N.A. V8s at altitude. They have little chance :)
 

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Its the ultimate Colorado car. Ive been holding onto a 2003 Audi A4 180k miles now for 3yrs ever since I heard the RS was possibly AWD.....and because no one was making a worthy car to replace it. Now...there is...a Ford. IMO, Colorado car needs: a turbo, awd, manual, 5 doors. Its harder to find than you think. I cant wait to roast all of these N.A. V8s at altitude. They have little chance :)
180k from an A4 1.8T? That's impressive. How many coil packs did you have to replace? I had a 2001.5 for about 6 years and loved that car but the coil pack issue was a pain in the ass. Not sure if they fixed that by 2003.
 
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