Now I understand that some people will not have the time nor the attention span to read this whole article. They want to know if the RS is any good, not the drag co-efficient value. So let me help you out with a brief conclusion; the Focus RS is utter perfection. It is the car of 2016 without a shadow of a doubt, and those who have one on order will not be disappointed.
Anyway, here are the headline facts. Under the bonnet is a 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, producing 350PS and 440Nm of torque (470Nm with overboost). The power is sent to all four wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox. What a powertrain; 0-62mph is dealt with in a blistering 4.7 seconds, and the Focus RS will reach an impressive (and licence-losing) 165mph. The economy figures make for pleasant reading too, with combined fuel consumption of 36.7mpg and CO2 emissions of 175g/km (£205 road tax, £295 first year rate) mean that the RS won’t cost you the earth to run.
Ford’s design team wanted to create a car that looked aggressive; it had to look like an RS. But they didn’t want to simply stick on a load of plastic bits (take note, Honda), instead choosing design features with function. The result is a 6% better drag co-efficient than the 2009 Focus RS, and an impressive feat in the creation of a car with zero lift at the front and zero lift at the rear. The exclusive colour for this model is Nitrous Blue, and you haven’t really seen it until the sun is shining. There’s a lovely sparkle to it, and it is hardly surprising that it’s been the most popular choice; with 61% of customers so far opting for it.
In terms of performance and handling, the RS is a thoroughbred. From the very front- with an optimised grille mesh that is 86% open, compared to the 56% of the Focus ST- to the very back, and the sports exhaust designed to run as straight as possible, complete with valves which open to provide a sportier note. The RS also features a ‘lion’s foot’ which connects the rear strut towers through the floor pan, offering greater torsional stiffness. It’s just another example of Ford Performance engineers doing what they have continually done over the years in making fast Fords special.
First deliveries of the Focus RS are imminent, so expect to see them on the road soon. And should you wish to order one, the final surprise will come when you see the price. Starting at £30,000, it represents unparalleled value for money. Even a fully-specced car (which many will be thanks to enthusiasts) comes in less than £35k, and if previous models are anything to go by I would expect residual values to be good.
So to sum up then. The Focus RS has been one of the most eagerly anticipated cars of the decade. And not only does the real thing not disappoint, it actually takes that high level expectation and raises the bar significantly. I haven’t got a bad word to say about it. I should be getting one in for review later this year, but more importantly I feel like I am going to have to own one at some point. I think it’s time to make a few phone calls… watch this space.
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