• Jun 12, 2009
Click above to watch the video after the jump

Yesterday, we showed you Fifth Gear's take on the new Audi R8 V10 - notable more for their footage of the gorgeous blue test car than for much in the way of actual performance driving and analysis. In an effort to correct that oversight, we've found you another clip of the UK television show that features not just one enthusiast car – but two cars, Ford's stonking new Focus RS and the Mitsubishi Evolution X. Better still, the fearsome twosome tangle on the track in a pair of tests with hot shoes Tiff Needell and BTCC champion Jason Plato at the wheel.

It's a scrap as the touring car scion takes on the rally-bred hero, so check out the front-drive versus all-wheel-drive pocket rocket madness after the jump.



[Source: Fifth Gear via YouTube]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Tell Volvo to get their asses in gear and swap that diff and turbo combination onto the C30 and sell it as the C30R. After all, the Focus RS uses Volvo's T5 engine already.
        • 5 Years Ago
        How about they use the newer inline 6 turbo?
        preferably the curiously MIA high output version.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don’t care what it handles like, 300 HP in a 1500kg car with _FWD_ is just wrong in my eyes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well no surprise there. Now how about the same driver and some real timing equipment.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now if Fifth Gear would just lop off every part of the show besides these shootouts, it be competitive with Top Gear...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow...the RS in FWD was only a couple of ticks slower. If that thing was AWD it would smoke the Evo.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh hey look, like RS lost. Nice. I see a problem here though, because Car and Driver tested both the turbocharged Cobalt SS and Evo 10 in the same Lightening Lap session a while back and...the SS outlapped the Evo.

      I demand a Cobalt SS vs. Focus RS battle to the death. I've got a feeling the Cobalt, even lacking a new-fangled front suspension, an independent rear suspension, and a whole 40 horsepower would still come out on top. Money.

      It has also come to my attention that the Renault Megane R26.R has beaten the SS's 'Ring record by a whopping...5 seconds, despite the fact that it wears R-compound Toyo R888 rubber while the SS uses relatively pedestrian Continental ContiSport Contact 2 tires.

      So another test is in order. To make it a contest of cars, and not tires, the tires would need to be the same. It just so happens that the R888 comes in the SS's stock size, how bout that? I've got a feeling the Renault would be beaten by the rental car handily. And just for fun, give an RS a set of those tires and see what happens. I so wish somebody would set up these tests. Very few people give the Cobalt any credit at all for its performance, even though it's probably better than anything they themselves offer.
        • 5 Years Ago
        In terms of performance, I have to agree.

        I've given this feisty little car a good push on the track, and was really impressed with how the mechanical bits gelled. It was more spontaneous than a MPS 3, more agile by far than the 09 WRX, and just fast everywhere.

        But here's the dreaded but: You have to look at it, and use it as a regular car sometimes. On the track, I couldn't get the seat low enough to fit me with a helmet on. Off the track, the interior feels decidedly low-rent compared to the competiton - and when you park it, and get out... well I really wanted the styling to match the performance.

        I think thats how most enthusiasts view it. More really ought to give it a try, but for me the poor packaging, rental-car styling and interior make it a tough sell since I tend to drive slow far more than I drive fast.

        Its really a cruel twist on what ought to be a Cinderella story for GM.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dear Ford,
      Give us the Nurburgring lap-time finally.
      Thank you!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Fifth Gear sucks. That RS though, wonderful thing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It would be less wrong if they had given it to the BTCC Champion who drives 300 hp FWD cars for a living instead of the "former F1 driver".
      • 5 Years Ago
      they should make a list of how many cars off the showroom can lift a rear inner tire as high as the RS does in this video. that is something you see in autocross. the altitude change might have helped the effect, but it is just great to see that from a showroom car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Still take the Ford RS.... Something about it....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Real question: price difference?
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