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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...