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Ford Focus RS v Subaru WRX STI v Volkswagen Golf R Comparison: Track Test

The first part of our Ford Focus RS versus Subaru WRX STI versus Volkswagen Golf R comparison, the road test, ended with the Volkswagen claiming victory over the new Ford and the Subaru...

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Ford Focus RS v Subaru WRX STI v Volkswagen Golf R Comparison: Road Test
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Ford Focus RS v Subaru WRX STI v Volkswagen Golf R Comparison: Road Test

Think turbocharged, four-wheel-drive cars and it's hard not to picture rally monsters flying over jumps and sliding through forests millimetres from trees. These days, though, buyers keen for a road-going, boosted, all-paw performance car are spoilt for choice. And, if you've got around $50k to spend, three of the best you can buy are the Ford Focus RS, Subaru WRX STI, and Volkswagen Golf R...


What is Australia's favourite hot hatch?
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What is Australia's favourite hot hatch?

Australians love hotted-up versions of everyday small hatches and sedans, but which are the sales leaders? Beyond a shadow of a doubt, it’s Volkswagen that sits at the top of the sales tree, given the fact it leads across three key price/power market breakdowns. But Subaru, Renault, Ford and even premium players Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz give stiff competition...


Ford Sync 3 rollout confirmed
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Ford Sync 3 rollout confirmed

The new Ford Sync 3 media system will be rolled out incrementally across a range of models over the coming months. Ford's updated media system offers better connectivity options, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring, as well as improved mapping and menu layouts...


2017 Honda Civic Type-R Australian launch confirmed
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2017 Honda Civic Type-R Australian launch confirmed

The next-generation Honda Civic Type-R hot hatch is still 100 per cent on track for an Australian launch before the end of 2017, the company’s local chief said today. This means hotted-up Honda diehards will soon be able to get their hands on a rejoinder to the all-conquering Ford Focus RS...


2017 Ford Focus RS500 still awaiting green light, could have 295kW - report
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2017 Ford Focus RS500 still awaiting green light, could have 295kW - report

Ford Performance's team in Germany is hard at work on a new headline grabbing Ford Focus RS500 hatch, but the car still hasn't been formally approved for production. Spy photos taken in late June prove that Ford is working on an even faster variant of the third-generation Ford Focus RS, however a source within the company has told UK's Autocar the RS500 is "not genuinely green-lighted"...


Ford Focus RS Mountune performance kit launched for UK and US markets - UPDATE
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Ford Focus RS Mountune performance kit launched for UK and US markets - UPDATE

If the 2016 Ford Focus RS isn't ‘hot’ enough for you, British tuning firm Mountune has you covered with its latest ‘Phase 2’ performance package for the blue halo’s hyper hatch. With the new upgrades, the Mountune-enhanced Focus RS gains 18kW/40Nm for new figures of 276kW and 500Nm - and can sprint from 0-100km/h in 4...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for July 22
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for July 22

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


2017 Ford Focus RS Review
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2017 Ford Focus RS Review

This is by far the best hot-hatch for the money, but it's not without its flaws.


2018 Renault Megane RS spied testing
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2018 Renault Megane RS spied testing

A development mule of the next-generation 2018 Renault Megane RS has been spied undergoing testing in southern Europe ahead of the car's expected world reveal next year. As we already know, the next iteration of the French hot hatch will be a significant departure from the current model...


Focus RS drift mode: 'no negative feedback', says Ford Performance global boss
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Focus RS drift mode: 'no negative feedback', says Ford Performance global boss

Recent media hype about 'drift mode' in the Ford Focus RS — a feature that assists the driver in performing a perfectly-crafted drift — has led Ford Australia to defend its position on enabling the feature on Australian-delivered vehicles...


Thank you Ford, for Focus RS Drift Mode
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Thank you Ford, for Focus RS Drift Mode

If you ever needed any more evidence that Australia is descending into a nanny state, just look at the coverage media outlets and social commenters are imposing on us this week. It all centres around the new Ford Focus RS. Along with being one of the safest hatches in the world (it comes with a raft of airbags and stability control, amongst other safety features), the Focus RS is built as a car capable of being used on the road and on the race track...


CarAdvice Podcast episode 12: Focus RS drift mode condemned, Pokémon Go, Mazda3 revealed, and much more
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CarAdvice Podcast episode 12: Focus RS drift mode condemned, Pokémon Go, Mazda3 revealed, and much more

Welcome to episode 12 of the CarAdvice.com podcast! If you missed last week's episode, or you'd like to know more about the show, catch our earlier articles here. This week, Paul Maric is joined by Mike Costello to discuss the latest CarAdvice news and reviews from across the automotive landscape and Australia's new-car market...


2017 Ford Focus RS500 spied testing - UPDATE
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2017 Ford Focus RS500 spied testing - UPDATE

Update - The Rs500 prototype was spied again at the Nurburgring sporting some more visual upgrades. See bottom of article for details. A development vehicle believed to be the new Ford Focus RS500 has been spied testing. While no confirmation of the powered-up hyper hatch has been given, these photos look to be the first clear evidence that Ford is working on an even more powerful version of the already-manic Focus RS hyper hatch...


Ford Focus RS waiting list well into 2017 already
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Ford Focus RS waiting list well into 2017 already

Huge demand for the Ford Focus RS, launching next month, has created a waiting list pushing increasingly deep into 2017. Off-the-chart interest for Ford’s hyper hatch (review here) means the 2016 allocation is essentially spoken for, while some dealers are in a position to exhaust their allocations for next year already as well...


2016 Ford Focus RS to get Mountune upgrades, Australian potential unclear
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2016 Ford Focus RS to get Mountune upgrades, Australian potential unclear

British tuning firm Mountune has revealed details of a performance package designed for the upcoming 2016 Ford Focus RS. The company announced this week the first group of upgrades to be included in the eventual performance package that will make the hot hatch even hotter...


Ford Focus RS RX makes World Rallycross debut with Ken Block - video
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Ford Focus RS RX makes World Rallycross debut with Ken Block - video

The new Ford Focus RS is already one of the quickest and wildest hot hatches in the world - so the Rallycross version, the Ford Focus RS RX, is truly manic. Debuting in Portugal for the FIA World Rallycross Championship last weekend, the Focus RS RX can sprint from 0-60mph (0-97km/h) in less than two seconds - but then, thanks to FIA specifications, so can its rivals...


2016 Ford Focus RS Review: Track Test
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2016 Ford Focus RS Review: Track Test

The 2016 Ford Focus RS is an amazing road car, as we discovered here. But how does it go on a proper racetrack? To find out, Ford brought us over to Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain. This track is home to MotoGP and, in the past, DTM, World Touring Cars and even GT cars. It’s a relatively tight track with plenty of technical corners, well suited to the grippy characteristics of the Focus RS...


The Ford Focus RS is too cheap
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The Ford Focus RS is too cheap

Here are some interesting facts: the German built Ford Focus RS costs just over €40,000 in Europe, £29,990 in the UK and about US$37,000 in the United States. Convert that at today’s (fast-sinking) Australian dollar exchange rate and that’s roughly $62,000, $61,000 and $53,000 respectively. How much do we pay for the car locally? $50,990...


Ford Focus RS: dual-clutch transmission would've led to more understeer
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Ford Focus RS: dual-clutch transmission would've led to more understeer

The new-generation Ford Focus RS forwent an automatic or dual-clutch transmission to keep weight down on the front axle, but there’s still a possibility a self-shifting unit will make an appearance in the future. Speaking to CarAdvice at the launch of the 2016 Ford Focus RS, Tyrone Johnson, the head of engineering and vehicle manager at Ford Performance, said costs were not the only reason the new Focus RS is available with a six-speed manual transmission only...