Pushing cars to the next limit is the modern trend today for car manufacturers. Fords’ checklist includes making their cars to be meaner and bolder. Come to think of it, this is how the Ford Focus RS is born. It has a Volvo engine, same on what they have used with the Focus ST but with new pistons, intercooler, inlet manifold, turbo charger and a new front wheel differential. The Focus RS is a 300 bhp front drive car and that is quite insane, nobody has tried to do this before since it will actually affect the cars handling. The RS has a powerful engine spinning the wheels in front and trying to steer and pull at the same time. Ford created a new front wheel differential system to solve this problem…that is what they have thought. On sudden acceleration there is a slight “torque steer” and you can feel a slight thug on the steering wheel while the car speeds up. If you are not driving aggressively this is eliminated and generally comes to an acceptable level.
The RS is a 2 door hatchback with a five cylinder engine, it boasts power output of 300 bhp with 325lb ft of torque, can go 0-100 in just 5.9 sec. It only comes with a six speed manual gearbox with a good looking recaro seats. Suspension is quite stiff but remember this is a sporty car and designed to be fast on the tracks. So what can I say about the Focus RS? If you’re on a budget and you want a fast car, Ford just gave you another option.