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Can the Ford Focus capture the hearts and minds of hatchback buyers?
Nearly 370bhp through a front wheel drive hatchback. That's crazy. Really crazy. Anyone remember the hot Alfa 147 that tore itself to pieces with... 240bhp?
I don't see why a hot hatch needs more than 220bhp anyway. It should be small and light enough that you don't completely overwhelm the front wheels.
Is the ECU programmed to limit torque in 1st & 2nd gears? If not, the extra oomph could shorten the life of driveshafts, clutches & gearboxes.
An intelligent tuning company for an intelligent customer would offer a £6k package that provides a programme of weight saving. This solution also negates the need for uprated brakes.
Maybe the brakes are deemed up to the job or it was over endowed in that department in the first place, regards power,it should've been 4WD in the first place, revo nuckle was just a cost cutting idea in the first place because it obviously doesn't solve torque steer completely, and also if it can't handle what it's got standard, what's the point in adding more power to an already wild child?, plus, this drive thru fitting!, how does that work?, anyone of any ability or money could have it done,there should be some responsibility put on the company on who they sell these kind of products too, afterall you do get some eighteen year olds with the cash to purchase cars like this.
the standard focus rs is stunningly good. However this new package is somehow missing the point of "a hot hatch", a proper hot hatch should be light, nippy,gippy,should look good, desently powered and puts a smile on your face ever time u drive it!
plus it should be cheap to buy for "ordinly people" but the focus is nearly £30,000!
Well I think you could look at this, as a "value for money" Ford Supercar rival in the form of a useable hot hatch, at £31k you are getting one of the most exciting and useable point to point machines on the planet...
This and the Mugen Civic will be formidable pieces of kit around any track or road, and I look forward to the forthcoming roadtests/videos...
The car certainly has "Supercar" presence and being narrower would be more than likely just as effective on real roads, for a quarter of the outlay.
Had the fortune of being taken to Goodwood in a Alfa 147GTA, and I can tell you that car was considerably more impressive/alluring than its rather soul-less Audi S3 replacement!
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Thats a bit much, it struggles to compete with cheaper mass produced hatches.
If you are going to quote someone, put it into the context of how it was used!
Or are you some cynical old hack?
I was pointing out the RS`s real world pace for roads in the UK.
Do you actually live in the UK? ( if you do, then you would realise what I am hinting at!)
Couldn't agree more - have thought this for a long time - these cars are too big, too powerful, too thirsty, too fast to have 'fun' in.
I never had one or have even driven one, but I bet a 205 GTi was and would still feel great - every bit as much fun as some (whatever) 1000hp Focus.
at least its green. maybe if they spent the money fitting a 4wd system.