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  • Midi

    Anyone wanna lend me some money… I need to sell my 05 wrx for this :) Absolutely Brilliant.

  • Number

    This is just awesome.

  • Peter

    I used to own an s60R which is where that engine comes from, I think (rather than the s40T5 where the 160Kw engine comes from). It was an absolute monster with enormous acceleration. You got a lot of power loss in the heat though, even with twin intercoolers (they were only little ones) and the word was they benefit from a FMIC. It always ran harder in the cold and wet. The volvo was AWD, but most of the power went through the front wheels, the rear were only really along for the ride and if traction was lost. This looks to be a ripper, it’d be a far lighter car, interesting to know where the gearbox comes from coz the volvo manual was sweet as well.

    • Joker


      I believe it uses a Getrag close ratio six speed.
      It has an uprated clutch/other components compared to the ST/XR5 to handle the extra grunt.

  • Jimmy

    Fantastic review.

  • Benjamin

    It sure does look good in green

  • jp

    I’ll have one in blue please, not sure the mrs would go for it, but sure i can convince work i am am buying an economical little hatch….. then show up in this

  • Arky

    And if not for the RS Megane 250, I would absolutely buy one.

    • Anthony Crawford


      We can’t wait to test the new RS Megane 250, it should be a cracker and a good comparison purchase against the Focus RS.

  • TomJ

    No price listed??

    I hoped to see more detail and less press pictures.

    I will own one of these, theres is not a chance i will spend 60k (the price i guestimate they will charge) on one, but i have desired no car as much as this for a long long time.

    Whatever the X factor is, this car has it.

  • TomJ

    “The Focus RS will be offered for sale with a Manufacturer’s List Price of $59,990 when it arrives in Australia later this year.”

    If anyone is interested.

  • Shak

    If i was in this market segment right now, i would be racking out my mind on what to choose. On one hadn you have the brutally powerful and quick, RS, and then on the other you have the fluid and track biased Megane. i guess you could throw in the Golf R, but really, its up against these two now.

  • Banicks

    “What Ford’s UK engineers planned had many experts frothing at the mouth. How about pushing the power up to 224kW? Fine and dandy, that but through the rear wheels, surely? Ford reasoned that would increase production costs to an unacceptable level and ruin the company’s USP: affordable performance. So front wheel-drive it had to be.”

    For 60k, I’d expect RWD. Never been a fan of FWD.

    • Peter

      Funnily enough I’ve gone RWD V8 after years of FWD or AWD with FWD bias. I reckon the FWD is better except where it understeers in roundabouts, but I do like planting the foot in the RWD and losing traction, when losing traction in a FWD is just scary. Aside from that, I really dont understand the complaints of purists who dislike FWD. Then again, I dont really drive hard usually except pretty much in a straight line.

      • Banicks

        Planting your foot into a RWD car will normally make the car turn in more, and give it much more grip. Unless you have put way too much boot, underestimated traction, or switched off your ESP.

        Either or, take your foot off the gas, she will come out, and bring itself into line.

        FWD act opposite. I’m yet to drive one that doesn’t feel like a go cart or that the damn thing is going to kill me.

        • http://BMW Nelson

          FWD quicker in Rally like curves, RWD quicker on a strait line.

          RWD you will always spin out when pushing the car can you can adapt, FWD if you know how to attack the curve it is quicker entering and getting out of the curves.

          RWD might be more fun in terms of “show off” driving or drifting, but that’s really it…
          Actually there is no RWD in the WRC, but there are FWD and of course AWD is master here.

          • TomJ

            Yeah except this is a normal road were you can expect to keep the ass planted.

          • My Cars Called T-Rex

            FWD Vs RWD I think mainly depends on weight of the car and traction needed,a front drive v8 supercar would get smashed by a RWD one and F1 cars are rwd.Front drive for rally I believe is a traction/handling thing over rwd especially in the snow.For large cars,AWD adds weight and cost,FWD’s are a step back in dynamics,RWD is best for us Aussies.

          • Denzo

            Sorry, So why do Ferrari and Porsche not make FWD’s again!? you are nuts saying a FWD is better handling than a RWD.. Youve never driven a stolen car at high speeds, have you? ;)

  • Bob

    UK and German Focus’s in the pictures. Where’s the photo of the one you drove… Did Caradvice actually drive one?

    • Joe

      My thoughts exactly!

    • Smithy

      I don’t think that there is any claim that this is a local test of an Australian landed car.
      Clearly this is an overseas review by a “foriegn correspondant” – who cares. Its a well written informative and entertaining review, of a car we are getting.
      You need to sit back and relax sometimes guys, else, suck-it-up princess!

  • Joe

    My thoughts exactly…

  • maximark

    Told ya the RS is a maverick. Well done CA for having the review in such a short time since the RS landed.

  • Kds

    No thanks. I’ll wait for the RS Megane 250 that’s coming out next month.

    Fifth Gear did a test between Focus RS, Megane 250 and Scirroco R. VW was slowest & the Megane the fastest around their track. They picked the Megane as the best buy.

    • Joker

      If you want a car mainly suited to track use only, go buy a Megane 250.
      If you want a very solid all rounder with a sound track to die for and a fat 440nm of torque on tap for some nice effortless cruising or twisty passes, get the RS. Want Exclusivity? Get the RS. Hmm.. Just get the RS ;)

    • http://BMW Nelson

      Have you seen the review were they take on the Megane 250 vs Forus RS on a mountain road in Spain?

      When the going gets tough the Focus RS Disappears, in the real World that 2.5l just doesn’t give the Megane a chance.
      The 2.0l in the Megane is not capable of taking it to the RS, especially uphill.

      Megane 250 RS if the price is in the 42k it will be a great buy, if they compete with the 60k on the Focus RS, the Focus wins hands down.

      Megane 250 RS great for track, Focus RS is the best ever hatch produced to date and that’s a fact!

      Ford Focus RS is the Mustang from Europe. It’s actually even better the real drivers car.

      • TomJ

        The new 5L Mustang GT is as fast as a e90 M3 on the track (as tested).

        The Mustang and RS are both amazing amazing cars.

        • Nelson


      • Autoboy

        I think you’re right.

        Pound for pound this is pretty much the king of the front wheel drive hot hatches. There may be others which are lighter and hence a bit shaper on turn in etc, but this thing will haul them in on the straits.

        It raises the bar, which in the end can only be a good thing for the hot hatch sector. Let’s hope the Revo Knuckle finds it way into others.

        There’s nothing like having the power to weight, and particularly the torque to weight ratios that these hot hatches are now offering with thier otherwise ‘small’ engines.

        I like V8s as much as the next guy, but the hot hatch just brings you much closer to the ‘drive’. Its a shame this thing costs so much in Australia, but I guess its the nature of our relatively small market.

      • RK

        I’ve also seen reviews where the Megane kills the RS in the twisties, and track times seem to back that up.

        The Autocar video review was a joke- you can see he can keep up in the earlier parts of the video, he just chooses not to keep up at the end for the soundbite. Sutcliffe is not a big fan of the French. I’ve seen no other review which suggests the Focus RS has a big gap in performance on the Megane.

        Just as importantly, in Australia the Megane is going to be a LOT cheaper, which is not the case overseas.

      • mcl334

        Theres big problem’s atm with Megane250 issues with cambelt/ pulleys expect to see recall on engines soon.
        The Meg250 will be $50k which was why i didnt wait & got a XR5 for $33k.
        Good decision seeing the problem’s UK owners are now having
        But if the Meg250 was $45k and sorted i’d take it over the Focus RS

  • Qikturbo

    People are are mentioning the Megane RS 250.There will only be 315 Ford RSs in OZ that’s why it’s at $60,000.
    In the real world,the RS will be quicker than the Megane.On the track there is really only a little difference between them.It could depend on the driver.
    The RS is able to take on more mods than the Megane.The RS drive train and engine can easily handle up to 260 kw and 460 Nm (as we have seen in the RS500 version) and still be used as a daily driver.

    • TomJ

      Dare i say, the last thing this needs is more power.

      • Qikturbo

        In New Zealand they have imported 10 or 15 RSs.Owners have the option of installing a Mountune package which will up the power and torque to the figures I mentioned above.As long as the package is installed by an authorised
        Ford dealer(of Mountune products) it will have the backing of Ford NZ.
        Infact you may be aware that any Mountune package in Britain and continental Europe,installed by an authorised dealer has Ford warranty.
        Why can’t we Aussies have the same !!!

  • 루크

    Credit to the person who wrote the good descriptive review. It make the reader use their imagination and not just read about another journalist’s point of view. I must say, this car does stimulate my inner boy racer. Great car, better than a Golf R? Well many journalists seem to think so. But better than the 2011 STI hatch?

  • PoisonEagle

    Maybe Jost Capito should hone our FPVs and Falcon’s on the Nurburgring to take them to another league…

  • http://facebook jodie

    does anyone know if this car comes with an automatic gearbox?

    • Aaron

      There is no way you’d want to ruin a car like this with automatic transmission

  • http://facebook jodie

    does anyone know if this car comes in automatic?

    • KinFungL

      No. Want auto, buy a Golf R…

      • Denzo

        The GOLF R, is a Different kind of car, he wants a boy racer. Not a luxury tourer.

  • Nathan Cripps

    I will stick to my Impreza WRX thank you… 0-100 in 5.3 sec stock.. these ugly droid cars will never come close.

    • Devil’s Advocate

      So are you telling me that you continually stop and start when you find your favorite piece of twisty tarmac? Sure a WRX is capable of 0-100 in 5.3 but you wouldn’t want to attempt it every time as the technique required means you throw mechanical sympathy out the window and hence a very good chance of parts of your driveline giving up in protest if you do it too much.

      I also think you would find that once up and running, like stringing together said bends on your favorite road using in-gear, off/on throttle acceleration, a stock WRX wouldn’t even see which way the RS went. Even an STi would still struggle to keep one in sight. Plus it wouldn’t take long for the RS to make up that 0.7-0.8 sec deficit it “lost from the standing start” in the 1st straight between the 1st and 2nd corner. If you didn’t begin from a standing start, good luck…

      The real world has very little to do with 0-100 times.

      • Denzo

        actually, the 3G WRX’s have very good mechanicals now. They have a triple synchro in first and double synchros in 2nd and 3rd. In America they have the normal WRXs (3G) running over 400hp and the gearboxes I can happily report, have not been a problem!

        So no, that stigma that is attached to WRX’s from the 90′s is mostly gone now as much as any car.

  • TuffGuy

    Ford should stop being cheap and put AWD into the RS so it can at least compete with the others. Also at around 60k that puts it into the realm of the STI and EVO and it just aint that good – hence it is way too expensive. Even the WRX and GTI are down around 40k and they could flog the RS too. No real value for money to be found here, although it does look nice in the green.
    So to Ford I say put in AWD, build more and make around 20k cheaper and they will be rolling out the doors faster than they can make them.

    • TomJ

      A GTi can flog a RS now? Considering the GTi is slower than a regular xr5 i doubt that.

      The Rex is probably faster yes. But taking into account styling, and all around performance, im not so sure it ‘outperforms’ the focus.

  • Don

    absolute stunner!

  • JooberGTi

    what is the mountune package consist? I’d like to know how far the car can take without getting into the engine or replacing the turbo.

    In stock form its a weapon of a car already.

  • The Realist

    Wow… $60K for a front wheel drive Ford… That’s almost as bad as $155K for a Holden W200.

    A BMW 135i can be had for $72K.

    • Denzo


  • Sam

    Errr I’ll take my 60 large and buy an STi thanks. Faster and more grip. Nuff said.

    • Andrew

      I just traded my 2008 STI on the RS and there is no comparison i will be a ford man from now on….

  • David

    got sick of modding the xr5
    will be getting the frozen white

    was going to buy a 3rd hand modded straight manual e46 M3 for 70, just could not justify it when i saw this

  • Hooda

    In England they sell it for £28k, that’s about A$46k…another “let’s rip off the Aussies” deal.

    The Gov has to allow individuals to import 2nd hand cars like NZ does! simple as that!

  • jason

    I agree Hooda, $25,000 pounds is $41,000 aus yes they wanna sell them @ $59,990 aus WHAT A JOKE!!!

    • Aaron

      Yeah, what a rip; it’s called ‘You’re in Australia, Bitch’ Tax

Ford Focus Specs

Car Details
Body Type
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
Engine Size
Max. Torque
185Nm @  4500rpm
Max. Power
107kW @  6000rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
Bore & Stroke
Compression Ratio
Valve Gear
Drivetrain Specifications
Drive Type
Final Drive Ratio
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
Fuel Tank Capacity
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
8.2L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Ground Clearance
Towing Capacity
Brake:750  Unbrake:650
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
Turning Circle
Front Rim Size
Rear Rim Size
Front Tyres
195/65 R15
Rear Tyres
195/65 R15
Wheel Base
Front Track
Rear Track
Front Brakes
Rear Brakes
Standard Features
Air Conditioning
Control & Handling
Electronic Brake Force Distribution
Power Steering, Trip Computer
Radio CD with 4 Speakers
Fog Lights - Front, Rear Spoiler
Cloth Trim, Power Windows Front
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats, Side Front Air Bags
Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Service Interval
12 months /  15,000 kms
36 months /  100,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
Country of Origin