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I hate that car brands can’t come up with better variant names. It shits me. Like, who decided that it was okay to call the second-from-top version of the Honda Civic sedan, the RS? The line-up goes VTi, VTi-S, VTi-L, RS and VTi-LX...

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Ford Focus RS500 hero hatch on the rocks - report
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Ford Focus RS500 hero hatch on the rocks - report

The hotter version of one the hottest hatches you can buy - the Ford Focus RS500 - may never see the light of day, according to a new report out of the UK. According to Autocar, the circa-295kW hyper-hatch is currently around a 30 per cent chance of entering production (according to unnamed sources), because there isn’t a strong business case for such a model...


Ford previews Focus and Fiesta concepts for SEMA
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Ford previews Focus and Fiesta concepts for SEMA

Ford has released teaser images of six modified Focus and Fiesta concepts bound for the SEMA show in November. The six cars are heavily tweaked versions of the Fiesta ST, Focus ST and Focus RS hot hatches...


2017 BMW 1 Series Review: M140i and 125i
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2017 BMW 1 Series Review: M140i and 125i

The updated BMW 1 Series range is headlined by the brilliant new M140i and Golf GTI-baiting 125i.


2016 Ford Focus RS Review
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2016 Ford Focus RS Review

As they say in the classics, create the hype but don’t believe it. Is the 2016 Ford Focus RS worthy of all the fuss or is it potentially a victim of its own success?


Ford Focus RS v Subaru WRX STI v Volkswagen Golf R Comparison: Track Test
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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. This, though, is the second instalment – the track element – and it's the best chance the compromised but vastly gifted RS has to win back some ground...


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...