Very Impressive hot hatch. Be good to see this go head to head on the track with an STi and Megane 250.
Hard to knockback 440nm of torque at low revs though.
Nice job Ford, now do the same for your Aussie built cars.
Dad’s work still has a green one like this (he’s sold a white one already).
I got to have a drive and let me tell you there is a monstrous difference between the RS and his XR5T – It is mind-blowing!
You can feel the power from 2nd to 3rd and it rips you back into your seat, it’s incredibly addictive . . .
If only I had the ‘$doll-hairs$’ . . .
> almost all of the 315 examples have been accounted for.
There’s 80 available on carsales right now… so there’s 25% not accounted for – I guess 75% is “almost all”?
I guess Ford have no idea what they’re talking about and CarSales does…yeah right!
Ford have publicly stated several times that almost all the cars are sold.
Well carsales is dealers listing cars that they are selling – so if they are listing Focus RS’s to sell that they aren’t able to actually sell them then that’s another issue…
Brilliant car. Should have been here in much greater numbers and a couple of years earlier. Ford seemed to have little trouble selling 315, so I think another thousand would have been easily sellable. Plus then Ford would have definitely recouped all of the money spent on making it fit ADR specifications and what not.
Hopefully the next-gen version makes it here, although from the previews seen I’m not sure whether I like the looks. I’m sure there will be 315 very happy people around the country because they certainly aren’t going to lose much on resale with these.
When Ford said they were not bringing these out to Oz I went and bought the Mazda MPS…
when i heard they were bringing these out I felt quite spaz with a mix of disappointment and anger…
yeah thats a shame but do you like your MPS? and are you willing to pay $60k for it.
Sat in and looked over on in my local Ford lot.
For the price, it feels and looks cheap. I originally liked the pictures, but looking at one in person it’s horrid.
Bodykit it literally screwed on, with no attempt to finish it off nicely. The wide flares make it look like a civic with a $500 kit on it from fast + furious. All it’s missing are optional neons.
Whilst I have no doubt it goes like a rabbit on fire, for the money I would rather look at a more refined AWD competitor that doesn’t look cheap. For the money they’re asking you can walk away with a WRX STi or Evo. Whilst they’re incorporating wide flares, they look stylish as opposed to boy racer.
Your money though.
I’d hazard a guess that you’re not in the target demographic…
I understand what you’re saying though, as a daily driver I’d find it hard to justify the RS over a Golf R / second hand 135i / S3.
As a second car for the track and fun weekend drives? RS all the way!
Mate, if only I had a spare 60k for a weekend track car!
It has the price tag of pumped up exclusivity, and it’s put itself in the price range of AWD competitors.
Theorectically, if I had the cash, was in the target market for a high end rocket, my logic would still dictate for the money AWD wins over FWD. I think you either have to love FWD, Ford, or just something about the RS to want to choose it over it’s competitors.
According to Ford, there are only 315 people who meet this target market. Frankly, they can keep it.
Has anyone taken one of these RS Fords for a spin in the wet to see how the front wheel drive handles?
Ford do not allow joy drives in the RS unless you’re a serious buyer.
Pretty much have to put a deposit down on one before you can test drive it. (Dealer quote unquote)
i understand there is a reason but i wont sign anything untill i have driven the car. i took new GS ute for a spin and they wanted me to sign before i drove it. i refused to sign for a car i have not driven. car was great but with lack of exhaust note on the ute and no fpv kit or Brembos i was not ready to throuh down the cash when i could get an F6 ute at same dealer for 15k less with extras and only 95km on the clock. 120km after i drove it was insane
It absolutely bucketed down on two occasions during my time with the car.
It is very impressive in the wet. Aside from the Revoknuckle system, the tyres are very suited to the car and offer plenty of grip in both wet and dry conditions.
If you didn’t know it was a front-wheel-drive, you would simply assume it was an all-wheel-drive turbocharged car.
Look OK in White IMHO…
No cruise control (and dealers can’t install ???) – and you NEED cruise control with one of these – LOL !
Lookup Clio vs Focus RS on YouTube then consider where your money is best spent
The Focus, and I don’t need autocar to try change my mind.
By its description, it’s a good car but 5/5? I doubt it (though i haven’t had a chance to ride it)
How does a $59,990 equate to the $69,990 some dealers are advertising on road…
At any rate, there does not seem to be a shortage of them being available for sale with a price discrepancy of $7K on road with a simple search of carsales
Ford Focus RS – ugly, cheap and nasty. And ‘only’ 60K. The people who purchased this are in the same category as those who paid $155K for the Holden W200.
Second hand BMW 135i is the better choice at $60K.
Except that the Focus ST/RS was developed by ex head of BMW M-Sport. If you’ve ever driven an ST/RS, you would know that the feel of one is far from Cheap and nasty. They’re a very solid well built car. If you’re spending your money on a BMW 135i, you’re in a different Market to this car. Me personally, would take one in a heart beat. Ugly and Mean, I don’t care the Mean factor outweighs any possible notions of Ugly you could have.
Go drive one and get back to me.
Wakey wakey CA, it’s after nine and no new stories.
Come on tell us about the Ford Figo or Stability control on the BT50 or even about the new Lambo.
Was beside a green one yesterday with stickers all over it for some company and from behind it didn’t look too inspiring or ferocious but the front looks good! I think it would look great in white with black wheels. Not a bad effort on Fords part but it’s still FWD and no matter what it could have been light years ahead with awd, silly move. Oh and it’s too expensive..
What did you think of thw Quaife LSD dif?
I own one, and within the first 150km of driving had a peacock (yes you read right) fly out in front of me on a country B road. Absolutely hammered the brakes to stop and the wife and I almost went through the windscreen, it stopped so fast …. without a hint of lockup.
Sensational car with immense grip.
I think that was me you passed yesterday. I too was concerned about the lack of 4WD, until I drove it. Noting the comments, I agree, this car is not perfect but its major problem is that it is just way too much fun to drive.
I was kind of hoping you would give it a little alot of traffic though.I keep reading the noise is great from this thing but I can’t hear it haha Hopefully see you again
Oh, it’ll get a little, but it will be on the track. Around town, it’s the speed limit only (well kind of). Even so, the running joke is that I’ll no points left in 6 months
Re the exhaust note, it’s just so sweet.
Robert, with those wide continentals and huge front discs on a car of less than 1500 kilos I’d expect it pulls up pretty quick.
Which B road, cause their is a cracking B road east of Haywards Heath. It’s called Slugwash lane and is a road rallying dream. Just watch out for the big oak growing on the left hand side after the sharp bend. It’s about a kilometre down heading towards Wivelsfield Green.
Took my Cupra R down their after I had it chipped and suspension modified, rounded the bend, lost my left hand wing mirror to the tree. Luckily didn’t hit anything other than the wing mirror. I reckon if I didn’t have Brembo’s I would have wrapped it around the oak.
So the Focus RS is extremely limited? Saw one at my dealer, and he said he’s getting 2 more cause the country dealers cant sell them. There is heaps listed onlinenand these will be worth jack in the future believe it or not (look at the EVO VIII – so limited my ass.. And this is a ford)
If I want hardcore I’d go proper Rally car that can actually handle different surfaces, and get STI, otherwise get a Golf R and get prestige and build quality without the fluro plastic bits.
Not hating, but it a Ford hatch, a good one, but not $60k worth.. Nit even close. $50k maybe. Maybe.
I have an UG RS and let me tell you i’m am very pleased with my purchase. Have an xr6t ute and the RS creams it in every area, the noise it makes brings a smile to my face everytime i drive it. You could spend 130K on a BMW M1 but i tell you it doesn’t get the looks and questions by every one who see its, and the noise, did i mention the noise. Was looking at a golf R but after seeing one up close the RS had me in a trance
In 1974 Ford imported 50 Capri RS3100′s. They cost more than a Falcon XB GT. At the time people questioned why would you pay a premium for a Capri over a GT.
Same questions being asked today.
In 1988 I sold my a RS3100 for twice the money I paid for it. Craziest decision I ever made.
What price for a XB Falcon GT today?
What price for the RS3100 today if you can find one? Bit more than a XBGT I’d say.
Yeah sure you’ll have to hold onto the RS Focus for a while to make any gains. But I’ve learnt from my Capri mistake and will never sell it, as it’s such a fantastic drive. Already this car is regarded as an instant classic.
RS3100 are a classic, any car fanatic will agree.
I haven’t found another car lover that finds the RS a ‘classic’. We will see in 40 years I’m sure.
The RS is a great car…. 2-3 years of constant glowing reviews have told us that. The problem with the RS has been the management of its release in Australia.
Firstly, price. In the UK, you can buy a brand new Focus ST for £21k ($au32k). In Australia, you can buy that same car for $34k drive away, which is about right given exchange.
The Focus RS however is on sale in the UK for £28k ($au43k), but to buy that same car in Australia will cost you at least $65k (over $70k when first released). Why the $20,000 premium?
Second is life cycle. The new ST was shown off in Paris in October and this current RS is no longer in production. We got the last of the bunch apparently. This means that someone somewhere is already working on, if not finishing the new focus RS. So why send it out at the end of its life cycle at such an inflated price?
If Ford had of bought it to Australia soon after its release, and sold it at a comparable price to the rest of Europe, it would have been the new GTI… every mug with two cents to throw together would have bought one.
Unfortunately, that didn’t happen and its why dealers around the country are now lumbered with overpriced cars that they cant sell.
I agree, but didn’t feel it was worth addressing.
Dealers always avoid this kind of chat, give me a sob story about import taxes, etc etc ‘forcing’ the price up.
Simple fact is, Aussies get ripped off if they want a sport car whether imported or not. Heck USA get Pontiac G8s (Holden SS) at 1/3rd the price we’re paying for them, and Pontiac are still making profit off those sales.
Car companies ripping us off, what else is new.
So the Focus is $60 grand and the new Megane Sport Cup is $40 grand. Is the Ford really $20 G’s better than the Megane? Or in this case 50% better?