• Feb 25, 2009
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Ford officials who are already sick of American enthusiasts carping endlessly about how we fail to get the "good" Focus in the U.S. may want to consider signing up for some bigger mailboxes. The 2.5-liter, 300-horsepower RS model is just now going on sale in Europe, and videos like this new one from Fifth Gear probably won't help to stem the tide of invectives headed their way.

According to Fifth Gear, the RS returns a somewhat timid-sounding 0-60 mph time of 5.9 seconds, but the RS promises keenly balanced performance elsewhere, with turbo lag that can actually be deployed to assist handling(!). In sum, the UK television program refers to the Blue Oval's 163-mile-per-hour hatch as nothing less than "a bomb in a greenhouse." Excuse us while we go take up gardening...

[Source: YouTube]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh yes, thank you Autoblog for all these comments mentioning the Cobalt SS, that terrific car, I just don't know why they don't call it Cobalt ZR-1...

      I will be laughing for months now!
      • 5 Years Ago
      nagmashot - it's a volvo engine, volvo R series internals. volvo g/box. Without volvo's input the RS wouldnt be the car it is. Differential is a Quaife unit

      ok, ford developed the revoknuckle. the top hat of the focus is Ford (obviously) and the chassis is a ford/volvo/mazda proto-platform. Each manufacturer then went and further developed the platform their own way.

      dont underestimate volvo's input into this car........
      • 5 Years Ago
      BRING IT TO THE U.S. ALREADY! I'd leave the import scene if this was available here.

      :(
      • 5 Years Ago
      There's something intangible in the Mazda3 that puts it a class above than the Cobalt and quite possibly the Ford. The quality of the materials and the way they're put together is so much higher, it's hard to believe they're competitors. The depreciation numbers reflect this. Or isn't your wallet connected to your brain when you sit down to deal?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Mr. Ed, if you are so concerned about intangibles and material quality, you should be in a GTI. Its depreciation numbers reflect it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Depreciation against MSRP or against what people actually paid?
      • 5 Years Ago
      So how will this compare to something like the mazdaspeed3 or cobalt ss...
        • 5 Years Ago
        I like how your avatar is from Top Gear :)

        I remember Tiff's review of 911 Turbo vs SL65 AMG:
        "Yes, Top Gear is a bit long, but once you change to Fifth Gear things really start to come alive."

        If that is true, why'd they need to burn their chairs and the Cool Wall?

        :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I bet it would come to the US if the new Focus sold good enough. I'm keeping an eye out for the new Focus hatch as far as looks and price point. Also, expect it to be the new Focus SVT hatch if it does come.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmm, they need to put this engine back in the Volvo C30 - IIRC, the 300 hp powerplant is the Volvo 5 cylinder with some serious tuning (the Volvo sells with 230 hp). That'd make a pretty sweet C30R, and then you don't have to deal with Ford interiors - although I hear European ones are a big step up from North American cheap Fords.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You want a turbo 2.5L 5-banger with a better interior, Audi will sell you a TT-RS with 330HP to go along with it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      For what ever it has or doesnt have at the end it's still a damn good looking car...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Odds are, you won't see "this" RS in the US because it is just too expensive on a USD ($35K) vs. Strling Lb ($25K) exchange rate basis. Would you pay $35,000 for this car vs. many others in the $35K range, BMW, Audi, SHO,...

      What you might see n the US is the new Focus in 2011 with an EcoBoost 2.0 I4 with 225HP and 225LbFt torque in the Euro FWD config (RevoKnuckle) to play with at a low $20K's price... now that would be fun, and more afordable too!

      The Euro Focus RS is set-up for driving the twisties, not 0-60 sprints so its 0-62 time at 5.9 sec. is just OK with a164 MPH top speed more important (Autobaun). In the US where 0-60 is more improtant, you can expect better gear ratios and final drive to get near 5.0 sec. with FWD only (AWD may be too expensive on this platform).

      As far as HP goes, there is a lot that you can configure into an EcoBoost to determine HP - regular vs. premium fuel, 10-12-15 psi boost, 10:1 (or more) compression, VVT set-up and all the gear ratios in the drivetrain (FWD, AWD), so it makes comparison a little diffiicult.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's the main problem with Ford and GM. When I read about good car from them, its always catered to others, while they keep shoving dump trucks/cars to our ass. They have way too many variety and brands that keep competing to each others. Just bring this and Mondeo kind of cars to US and let the people judge them. We don't need 10 variety of focus, just 1 good one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now that is a Ford worth spending *real* money on...and America won't get it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      0-60 in 5.9 seconds is timid? LOL...ok...

      And frankly it looks like a badly done kit car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      that focus looks damn good. and has the punch to go with it too. i think i would actually buy this thing if it had awd, would more like an evo or an sti. still, one heck of a mean machine even with the torque steer.
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