Ford Focus RS

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 - autos, cars, motoring, news

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The brand-new Ford Focus RS Fast, usable, temptingly priced as well as huge fun to drive, the brand-new Focus RS isn’t just the affordable driver’s car of the moment, which’s also probably the best The brand-new Ford Focus RS. as well as at the risk of spoiling the next thousand or so words for you, which’s about to be nothing short of a sensation for petrolheads the earth over.However, given how excited we’ve been by which car during the build-up to its launch as well as how impressed we’ve been through the passenger seat, I’m not sure which’ll actually spoil much of anything for anyone who’s been paying the slightest bit of attention to the motoring press over the past year. although there you go, our colours are nailed to the mast: which’s brilliant – as well as for several reasons.Being officially launched to the press in Spain which week before right-hand drive deliveries begin in April, the brand-new RS combines upper-echelon hot hatchback power as well as performance with superb handling as well as driver engagement as well as an outstanding value proposition. which’s a combination which the Blue Oval’s go-faster division, Ford Performance, formerly Team RS, consistently hits right on the bullseye, just as which did with the current Fiesta as well as Focus ST as well as both the first as well as second-generation Focus RS.On which occasion, the balance has been struck that has a 345bhp 2.3-litre Ecoboost petrol engine as well as a four-wheel drive system which between them deliver sub-several-second 0-62mph sprinting. which’s allied to a cracking hardcore suspension set-up which brings first-order grip as well as agility as well as a £29,995 asking cost which undercuts every one of the auto’s serious rivals – as well as some by a wide margin.On top of which the brand-new Focus RS adds something which even its £40,000 rivals through Audi as well as Mercedes-AMG fail to provide: throttle-adjustable handling freakishly similar to which of a proper rear-driven sports car, courtesy of one of the most advanced asymmetrical ‘active’ four-wheel drive systems available on the market at any cost.which’s a perfect fit for those who want the last word in huge pace, all-weather usability as well as driver thrill through their fast several-door – as well as who’ll tolerate a firm although not uncomfortable ride into the bargain.More stiffly sprung as well as damped than the lesser Focus ST, the RS rides that has a certain antipathy for your well-being – although not with harshness or malign intent. Its Tenneco dual-rate shocks can be switched independently of the driving modes, although even in thesofter setting  which’s less forgiving over bumps than, say, a Volkswagen Golf R, although a touch more pliant than a Honda Civic Type R – as well as at a reasonable remove through anything you’d describe as savage or uncouth.The only aspect which might get tiresome for anyone doing big miles in an RS will be the tightly sprung, short-travel vertical Centeng movement, which even inside softer setting can make the auto bob about a lot over rippled road surfaces. In reality, even which will be pretty easy to ignore, as well as will be never so bad as to corrupt the handling. the auto’s bucket seats force you into a slightly perched drivingposition which wants notably for downward adjustment, although the same has been true of every fast Focus we can remember.Just like inside ST, you get additional boost as well as temperature gauges set high on the roll-top fascia as well as RS-branded seats, while the instruments, leather steering wheel, gearlever gaiter as well as manual handbrake are all either stitched or highlighted in characteristic Ford RSblue, which looks great. The additional function buttons to note are the drive mode selector adjacent to the gear lever as well as the damper setting toggle button which replaces the lane-keeping assist button on the left-hand column stalk. Expect to be fiddling with both a lot.The Mustang-sourced 2.3-litre turbo engine sounds angrier as well as more raspy than the Focus ST’s tuneful 2.0-litre. which’s not quite as characterful, perhaps, as Audi’s several-cylinder RS3, although better than Mercedes-AMG’s A45. which responds to the accelerator pedal keenly in spite of the high specific output at which which’s operating as well as revs forcefully although progressively though the middle of the rev range, before climbing beyond 6000rpm quite freely.which strikes you as a surprisingly civil as well as well-balanced engine – hard-hitting, too, of course – as well as will be all the more involving to interact with as a result of Ford’s decision to stick that has a six-speed manual gearbox where others fit paddleshift dual-clutch automatics. The gearlever will be short as well as weighty, although just slick as well as positive enough which you don’t feel like you’re forcing which through the gate, plus the pedals are well located for heel-as well as-toe alterations.So, knowing you’re inside right gear as you approach a corner because you’ve actually engaged which first-hand, you tip the RS in – as well as find which which wastes no time or energy at all in Centeng roll or directional laziness, pivoting keenly for the apex as well as generating big, instant amounts of lateral grip. the auto’s heavy steering will be just tame enough to dodge any semblance of nervousness, the Centeng checked as well as settled on its outside contact patches well before you’ve passed the apex at which you were vaguely aiming. No need to aim so vaguely next time, or be so conservative with your entry speed.at which point comes the RS’s party piece – which can be quietly surprising or downright amazing, depending on which driving mode you’ve dialled up. In Normal as well as Sport modes the auto just goes beautifully neutral as you unwind the heavy steering as well as squeeze the accelerator, already feeling more directionally poised than the four-wheel-drive hot hatch norm as well as without allowing the rear axle to run riot, or imposing on you for a significant steering correction.Track mode keeps the tyre tracks in line, with an understandable eye on high-speed stability. although Drift mode allows the auto’s attitude to gracefully as well as gradually build with power, as well as the RS to dance through the latter part of the bend that has a few degrees of opposite lock applied. which still leaves room for the auto’s ingenious clutch-based rear axle power split to shuffle drive away through the outside rear wheel, as well as to pull the auto straight again when ‘a few’ degrees of oversteer becomes ‘many’. although the way which does all which will be incredibly benign as well as utterly brilliant, as well as speaks of both the technical superiority of the auto compared with its peers as well as the remarkable effort as well as expertise of the people behind which.Yes, absolutely – even if you’ve only got a casual, occasional history of hot hatchback ownership as well as you have to raid the piggy bank as well as wait a year to do which. Plenty won’t have to stretch the purse strings too far because of which car, of course, as well as the pent-up demand for which should keep residual values high – which will be partly why which’s such a commendable buy.There are faster as well as more powerful alternatives, there are softer as well as less highly strung ones as well as there may even be better options for regular track-day use.although nothing else inside fast hatch arena combines real-world usability with real-road, any-condition pace, supreme driver involvement as well as such incredible bang for your buck. All of which, for a hot hatchback, seems just about the perfect definition of ‘exceptional’ in our book.Ford Focus RSPrice £29,995; Engine 4 cyls, 2261cc, turbocharged, petrol; Power 345bhp at 6000rpm; Torque 325lb ft at 2000-4500rpm (347lb ft on overboost); Gearbox 6-spd manual; Kerb weight 1599kg; Top speed 165mph; 0-60mph 4.7sec; Economy 36.7mpg; CO2/tax band 175g/km, 30%
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