Ford Focus RS Promises Cheaper Thrills

There was no question that the 2016 Ford Focus RS was going to be quick. That was always a given. No, the question was always “how quick?”.

Now we know. With 350PS and 440Nm the turbocharged 2.3-litre Ecoboost propels the Focus to 62mph in just 4.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 165mph. That’s nearly a whole second faster than the previous fastest Focus, the RS500, and it’s a lot cheaper than that limited edition RS.

It’s hardly a surprise that this is the fastest accelerating RS model ever, that’s progress for you! What is a surprise is the price that Ford are asking for this level of performance – just £28,940.

In terms of thrills gained against hard-earned money spent there’s nothing that can touch it. It’s cheaper than a 300PS Golf R and makes the Leon Cupra, Megane Renaultsport and Astra VXR look under-endowed. What it emphatically does is stick two fingers up at the Audi RS3 and AMG A45, who tried to convince us that almost £40k was acceptable for a hot hatch. Jürgen Gagstatter, chief program engineer for Focus RS, puts it quite politely:

“The all-new Focus RS delivers stunning performance and innovative technology at a price that will make both our customers and premium automakers look twice. After experiencing the acceleration and cornering capability of the Focus RS, drivers will question the sense in spending almost £10,000 more on a premium competitor.”

So in other words, you’d have to be barking mad to spend another £10k on one of the German rivals. Unless you really, really want some of those pretty headlights.

2016 Ford Focus RS

Performance & Economy2016 RS2009 RS2010 RS500
Engine2.3-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol2.5-litre 5-cylinder turbocharged petrol2.5-litre 5-cylinder turbocharged petrol
Transmission6-speed manual, front-engined, all-wheel drive6-speed manual, front-engined, front-wheel drive6-speed manual, front-engined, front-wheel drive
Power (PS / bhp)350 / 345300 / 295350 / 345
Torque (Nm / lb.ft)440 / 324
(470 / 346 on overboost)
440 / 324460 / 339
0 – 62 mph (seconds)4.75.95.6
Top Speed (mph)165163165
CO2 Emissions (g/km)TBA225235
VED BandTBAKL
Combined Economy (mpg)TBA30.128.5
Price (OTR)£28,940£27,925£35,437


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Author: Chris Auty

Voted the Breakthrough Blogger of 2013 by SEAT and the Guild of Motoring Writers , Chris has lived and breathed cars since he was old enough to say 'faster'. With a penchant for hot hatches and an allergy to public transport, he would much prefer to drive a bad car than never drive at all. Fortunately his family has learned to put up with this obsession and the internet has provided a channel for his ramblings.

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