Why did I read this article now I really want one.. Time to refinance the mortgage..
I too would love to one day trade my XR5 for one of these brilliant machines…
The RS was also awarded ‘Muscle Car of the Year’ in Top Gear Magazine (2009). Not ‘Hot Hatch of the year’ – Muscle car.
I’ll take one in white – thanks!
I have to agree on the looks. I saw a light green one in our local showroom when they first landed and it looked top notch. It was sold within a day or so of landing and looks even better on the road!
The styling appeals to me a lot, except for some minor details. An AWD version should be available. Becasue then I’ll have more of an excuse to buy it.
There was a white one near the Ford delearship which looked amazing and I got to see it everyday but it wasn’t sold for atleast two months. I see the guy(30- 40 year old) on weekends enjoying himself with a big smile on his face.
I find it hard to believe the torque steer was nearly “non-existent”. I saw Top Gear when Jeremy reviewed it and there was plenty of torque steer. He even used the word ‘violently’ to describe it.
The front end is just grotesque as well.
But God forbid someone write something bad about Ford on here…
Vote me down fanboys!
My God!!! Someone actually take Clarkson’s words seriously?
You can’t ignore video footage. It’s not necessarily what he said, more what he did. He took his hands off the wheel, put his foot to the floor, and it turned off to one way. That seems like pretty serious torque steer to me.
No one can get away with saying anything negative about Ford on here, even when the arguments are entirely legitimate. Just pathetic. Haha.
I believe there’s a used one that’s been sitting at the Barbagallo (Osborne Park in Perth) dealership for quite a few weeks now, so if you’re after a used one…
White one? Still there.
Mégane RS 250
Doesn’t have the same level of occasion as this! Every day is a WRC day in this car
At least the Megane is a new car…
Megane is also cheaper, has more features eg(cruise control) and is more refined for day to day driving!
Is also just as quick around a track!, But I agree the RS does have a unique presence..
I’m sure the Megane is a great car. But I’d take the looks of the RS and the awesome sound of that 5-cyl anyday.
What wasn’t mentioned in the review is the look of the car, in white with lights on coming up behind you going up Mt Glorious! Beautiful….I was the guy on the triumph that you passed…safely of course
You didn’t read the review properly.
Quote directly from the article!
“I ogled in amazement as to how Ford has managed to take a Focus and make it look so damn good”
Oh sorry swampguard, there was a temporal context that you have missed. The article is great!!
Small world, Brett.
Nice car but I would take the Audi RS3. Same engine size with 250kW and 450Nm from only 1600 rpm!! 0-100 in 4.6 sec.
Different people different taste.
And how much does the Audi cost again?
I am talking about engine, not cost. Audi cost always more than Ford.
Taste is restricted by cost. See you in 4 years with your RS3
Yeah, I’m with Shak. You’re comparing apples to oranges. Sure, I’ll take an M3, but I drive a Suzuki Swift…pretty much the same logic.
You’ve got about a what…$70k price diff?
Audi S3 is avaliable here from $69,000 with 188KW. That makes it only 10K more than this Focus.
If the RS3 does make it here, I doubt it would be another 60K on top of that.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but you can’t buy even a RS3 in Australia?
Also, the RS can be tuned to 257kw/460nm for not alot of money. In the UK, the Mountune MP350 upgrade costs about 2000 pounds + fitting, and it doesn’t void the Ford warranty. Pity they don’t offer something similar here, but it shows the potential of the RS.
You can interchange the RS500 computers from the UK limited edition and get them to 270KW but i have a new RS and it really doesnt need it….
Actually the RS500 is using the exact Mountune MP350 kit that I mentioned above…
There is a place in wetheral park in sydney that will do it but im not sure of the price..
Rubbish, there is very little torque steer from the Focus RS even when you drop the right pedal flat, at least on reasonably well maintained roads.
Clarkson maybe a TV star, but most in the industry know that he has limited talent behind the wheel, so ‘wild torque steer’ just sounds better for TV.
He didn’t even mention anything about Clarkson, at all.
No, Martin did some posts up.
Agreed, even Tiff Needell is a much better driver than Clarkson.
But king of the kings is Chris Harris from Evo Mag
No the article didn’t, but “Martin” in one of the earlier comments did, so Anthony’s comment is more than valid…
So Anthony, are you suggesting that whole bit with Jeremy showing the car torque steering was a big setup just for TV?
He loves Fords, so I doubt he would intentionally try to make the car look bad in any way, unless the criticism was legitimate.
So why has my post that this is a response to been deleted ?
But king of the kings is Chris Harris from Evo Mag.
IIRC, Clarkson simply took his hands off the wheel and put his foot down… the wheel turned 45 degrees. No torque steer? Please. BUT, its a FWD, its expected and you adjust for it, so its not exactly a deal breaker. What surprises me however is how everyone raves about the RS’s revolutionary revo-knuckle… look at Renault’s perfo-hub. Basically the same system, done several years earlier.
Good point. If the Stig had taken his hands off the wheel, then I would believe it. Clarkson is a talent as far as entertainer goes, but as a driver their are better, namely needell and plato on a rival show!
Buy this car for instant loss of dignity on the street, way to ‘MAXpower’ for my taste.
….and the difference between this and a HSV when it comes to “bolt/stick on bits of plastic” etc is…….
At least the extra bits on this aren’t as random/garish as that on most HSVs.
Don’t Forget the RS can actually navigate one of those strange “Corners” HSV’s hate so much.
They are definately not sold out!!!
they are only All sold to the dealer network so of Fords books!, but there are still plenty available at Ford dealers. They have been stuggling to sell them actually!
so if you want one get into a dealer with one in stock and negotiate yourself a performance bargain!!!
Yes, Can not sell them since the sexy RS250 came out at about $14,000 less.
There is a green one in the showroom at Kloster Ford in Newcastle. I was going to hit them up for a test drive when I put my XR6T into for a service but was running late to get work, so can’t tell you how many kms it has on it.
This sold out stuff is rubbish.
Bankstown Ford dealer has one sitting out for sale, Parramatta also.
Good to know. Was told they were all gone from Ford.
What a glorious looking weapon.
I love this car and would have really like one but at a price of $59990 thats just a bit out of my range and when I started looking at a new car Ford was sure they weren’t coming so got a clio RS200 instead which I love to pieces. In saying that these are awesome cars ad if you can afford one get one as mentioned before there are still some available due to stupid sales people marking the prices to as high as $80000 at one stage.
Great car the Clio RS 200 it actually keeps up with a Focus RS on the twisty roads.
That it does its an awesome little car. Wouldn’t trade it for anything else.
Haha. What is it with all these Renault owners? Feeling threatened by the RS much? Not saying the RS200 isn’t a good car, but keep up with an RS? Try again.
RS200 – 114kw per tonne
RS – 153kw per tonne
Add to this the fat torque curve of the turbo vs. the less torquey nature of the N/A engine in the RS200.
Also, RS is known as a great handler, so I can’t see you keeping up with one if it was really trying to get away from you.
Scottjames I would do some research before posting your comment. I’ll even help you out cause I’m a nice guy. Goto youtube or google and search clio RS200 Vs Focus RS.
Yes there is a big difference In KW but power is not everything.
I do plenty of research, thanks very much. I don’t base my comments on subjective testing done by mobs such as Autocar, where the skill of the driver in each car plays a massive part.
How about actual results, like the fact that the RS laps the Nürburgring 20 seconds faster than the RS200?
The RS200 is a nice car and comes close to the RS due to its light weight. Real world though, where there are some straights for the RS to flex it’s muscle, and the RS200 would be left in the dust.
oh good there still onsale !!!!!!!!!!!!111
Mazda 3 MPS is much better value…glad I bought it and saved money but still have that “engaging” drive.
You obviously don’t know how to drive
Oh…you’re right KD. I better give back all these trophies as clearly I must have stolen them. Twat!
funny how everyone has different perspectives on cars,
personally i wouldnt buy a performance orientated car that has 1st & 2nd gear limited because the engineers couldnt figure out how to get the power to the ground. kind of defeats the purpose.
Yes, its a bit frustrating. All of that power and 380 NM just goes into wheel spin — wasted energy!
To be fair though, the Focus RS is only marginally better in this respect thanks to its revo knuckle etc. With the amount of power it has, it should be absolutely spanking the wrx in the 0-100 and 1/4 mile — but cant. And the reason is largely the same as that which cripples the MPS — it can get its power advantage to the ground in any ‘consistent’ fashion — is suspect.
As much as i like the MPS (in gear accel, hill climbing, its track ability), its going to be a 4wd subie/mitsu for me next time unless, they fix up this limitation though a proper awd set up. Adding more power will not be the answer, if that power is simple wasted through the front hoops.
Have you driven an RS? Doesn’t sound like it if you think the MPS has the same ‘engaging’ drive.
Sure the MPS is not a bad car, but it isn’t in the same league as the RS. Hence the price difference.
Also you have to live with the look of the MPS. Ugh.
The MPS 3 and RS are worlds apart. The MPS has none of the counter torque steer system and is not even close to being comparable in terms of ride & handling
i agree with the MPS comment, i mean i own an mps have raced around 4 trackdays competing with RS, we are doing comparable laptimes, im about half a second quicker in the MPS Gen1 stock for stock, so all you haters realise the RS aint as quick as people say, also in gear acceleration is comparable to to the MPS gen1
Yeah, thats why the RS laps the Nürburgring 13 seconds faster than the MPS.
Just because you are a better driver doesn’t mean your car is better.
While the MPS is a decent performer, especially once on the roll, as a Gen2 MPS owner, I acknowledge that the RS is simply better. Hell, with the not insubstantial KW and NM advantage, it would want to be wouldn’t it?. And that’s a good thing. Also lets not forget the mps engine is now roughly 6 years old. In its (Gen 1) day, it was so far ahead of the game it wasn’t funny, but things have moved on, and development of this engine has not, beyond limiting the boost in 1st and 2nd – for all the those (an engine mounts) that couldn’t handle the Gen 1′s twist. Hardly and advance!
That said, however, for the $60,000 price for the RS, I would be buying a new FPV F6, if I was in the market at the moment. I do understand that shaving time off 0-100, 1/4 mile passes does not come cheap, but at this price ($60,000), the RS is simply outgunned by the now on sale FPV F6.
This is not to disparage the RS. If one must have a hot hatch, as I currently do, then this is certainly at the top of the tree – /stock for stock. But if cost per straight-line grunt is the criteria, things look a little different.
the rs’s engine is basicaly the same engine that was in the 1995 850 t5 volvo so that would make it 16yrs old at least
Gee I’m glad I didn’t say the MPS was faster.
All I said was I thought it was better VALUE than the RS and still is “engaging” to drive considering it has similar power.
I prefer the 4-doors of the MPS and the more classy interior matched with a capable chassis and road feel.
BTW, with the money I saved I bought an MX5 NB which I can blast on track days…
Then buy a XR5 for even less money, and do a couple of mods and it will be quicker than the MPS!! you can buy a brand new XR5 in run out at the moment for $32k DRIVE AWAY (BARGAIN)!!
to many around. be worth 20k in 5yrs
Anyone considering one seriously needs to check out the Megane RS250. 95% of the performance for 80% of the price.
Great review! This would be my hot hatch of choice, the price though – 60 grand…I know its comparing apples to oranges but for similar money you can get an F6, which is still a fantastic drivers car albeit in a completely different class. It just seems like better value to me.
2009 135i costs less and kicks the FWD Ford’s butt.
And handles better, is quicker, and is better built.
Given the run-flats fitted to the 135i, and the relatively tame nature of its set-up, the RS litteraly monsters it.
I have driven both, the 135i is brilliant, but cannot compare in speed both in a straight line or around a track. I will not argue that the BMW is a well refined car, BUT it is NOT faster around track. Is the new BMW 1M Coupe? I’ll let you know… (I think it will be.)
So you guys didn’t look at the orange or green ones? Good thing too as they have the worst paint quality in the world. Orange peel all the way.
Speaking from the point of view of a RS owner, albeit not from Aus, I can say with certainty this is probably a more exciting car to drive as compared to the Megane RS250 cup, which I have also tried. The Meg only came alive on the track; day to day driving to the shops etc, it feels like any other car, even lacking abit of steering feel or any interactivity, coupled with a dull engine note. I had to absolutely stomp on the trottle to make it move like it should. The RS however, is a totally different experience, the sounds, the pops from the exhaust, the feelsome lovely steering..just makes the drive to work more interesting.
One of the most exciting cars Ive had to drive ever. Dont expect a comfy ride though, it is solid!! Fantastic mid range torque & power, sticks like s#*t to a blanket……you will not stop smiling.
3door Audi s3 65k (55k with bargaining) + apr $2k = 249kw and 454nm with 1440kgs…..that’s 0-100 is 4.6 to 4.8 seconds
All wheel drive
And yes, I own one
Flame away. Golf r even has better fit finish and interior than ford. But… S3 even better souNd insulation etc than golfR
Not sure how you negotiated $10k off the RRP… If you did I’m taking you house hunting
yes but it is an audi so it will be worth 25k in 5yrs. sorry
A truely amazing piece of engineering. I drive an XR5 Turbo and it’s crazy fun but nothing compared to this, I can just imagine the experience in an RS. I just realised that the next gen RS will most probably have a 4 cylinders ecoboost engine, Just the thought makes me cry. This is a true legend, good work Ford.
Is Anthony Crawford a better driver than Clarkson?
He thinks automatics give a “sheer driveability” advantage over a manual, so I suspect he’s worse than the average Australian driver.
The new RenaultSport Megane Trophy 265 has broken the record for a front-wheel drive car at the Nurburgring Nordschleife!
Renault has taken the lap record for a front-wheel drive car at the Nurburgring Nordschleife with the new RenaultSport Megane 265 Trophy – which has just posted a time of 8 minutes 7.97 seconds.
Yes, but if you put R888s on track rims on an RS500 it would lap at about 7:45 – 7:50 (G to G). There is something to be said about ‘special’ models such as the RS Megane 265 Trophy. Can the RS Megane beat the Focus RS? No, not even close. So why not compare the RenaultSport Megane 265 RS to the RS500 on even keel (same track tyres etc)? Because the Renault would lose.
As an RS owner all this talk about torque steer is just rubbish. Clarkson did the same test with the ST (XR5) with the same result. Of course if you’re not going to hold the steering wheel it’s going to move, it’s called physics. Stick a hand on the wheel and accelerate hard and you hardly notice it.
As for the F6 being a better buy all round. Maybe as a daily driver, but be prepared to be left behind on the twisties when you run out of tires and brakes.
BTW Alborz one of the best road reports on the RS I’ve read yet.
Why can’t they install a driver footrest?
So I grabbed a new RS, in the hero colour (BP Ultimate Green), in Nov 2010.
If you buy this car as a daily, you may struggle with it, but I did not, having a Subaru Forester to use more regularly.
Having driven from Sydney to the Mid North Coast of NSW quite regularly, I can tell you its a hell of a lot of fun to punt along The Bucketts Way, via Gloucster. And its even quicker than the highway. Short shift it and cruise is the fast way to run this unit. Hell, I even drove 30km of dirt up to Comboyne, albeit slowly, then on to Wauchope. It’s all good.
Next, I took it to Adelaide and ran it on some of the roads the are used for Classic Adelaide, the multi-day tarmac rally. I was amazed at how well it went on the very tight stuff and for the record I had previously raced a genuine South African Capri Perana on the same roads, so I have a frame of reference.
So why did I buy the RS? Well, I like quirky stuff. I’m not a follower. I enjoy unusual and unique. It’s few and far between and I wanted a new toy. Plus the car itself enhances the rare heritage of the RS brand, vehicles built in the old “Ford of Europe’ style. Think Capri RS3100, Sierra RS500, RS200 Group B.
You can’t compare this car to many. Just enjoy it. That’s the way to look at it. Think different. And save it. It’ll be a rare beast one day.
And for the record, its my first ever Ford. And I do know what the brand spells out as an acronym, that isn’t a compliment!
But coming from Cologne, carefully assembled, just as the first 300 2 door Subaru STi’s were in 1999 (along with the 22B), and even if the DAB audio system doesn’t work in Oz, only makes it more collectable.
Oh. And the lack of cruise control. It just makes you focus more on what you are doing.
Let’s hope other RS owners are enjoying it as much, when used sparingly.
“And for the record, its my first ever Ford. And I do know what the brand spells out as an acronym, that isn’t a compliment!”
And i quote the problem is the perception is years of stereotypical crap Ford is american, but Holden is australian, when in fact both owned by the american companies.
For any one reading this don’t say ford is crap until you have driven one and reviewed with your own eyes not because your mates or your daddy said told you so. I have owned both brands and fords gave me less problems and were cheaper to fix. Remember these words “GTHO Phase 3″ no holden has ever come close to that.
There isnt many left around for sale but there is 1 green RS at Denmac Ford at Darra – Brand New as well. Very HOT
Please, all these comments about Clarkson and torque steer – who drives with both hands off the wheel?! I picked up my RS last Oct…and have a big smile on my face every time I drive it. There’s no denying there is a bit of torque steer but I find it adds to the character of the car and would not be put of by that….if you’re in the market for an RS, go and buy it, you wont be disappointed.
i sold my xr5 for a blue one and i love it
Ive owned my Ultimate Green .almost a year now. Its an awesome car and nothng compares, so do’t even try. Its unique. Its a WRC car basically. Same power. Ive done 4000kms in the first year and use it on wekends and sunny days to put a big smile on my face….and the faces of people who see it. I am amazed how much attention it pulls. People take photos…..they oogle at it…..they wave as it also brightens up their day, in this age of boring black and silver econo-boxes that everyone drives. Good job Ford. cheeRS,
I must be the only female in Vic that drives one! I’m yet to see another RS on the road.
I just bought one. Pick her up Friday. What’s not to love!!!
I own a blue one & itz like driving a heart attack on four wheels itz so exciting to drive,driving the R.S. is nearly better than sex & to all the haters,how many R.S. where built,how many in Oz,modern day G.T.,worth every dollar!
Brad Garlick Ford has a mint condition white RS for sale – 14,000kms – previously a Ford Exec car, call us if you’re interested!
Posted 23rd of December.