Take a lap of Anglesey with World Rallycross presenter Andrew Coley, as he explains the best things about Ford's pace-setting performance hatchback
12 October 2017

What makes the Ford Focus RS the best hot hatch you can buy? Is it the power of the 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine, with a twin-scroll turbo that delivers increased response and 345bhp for a 165mph top speed?

Is it the computer-controlled all-wheel-drive – which delivers power where it's needed for either the balance and engaging agility of rear-wheel-drive on a race track, or full all-wheel-drive for more assured and stable handling on bumpy country roads.

Or is it the Focus RS’s Drive Modes, which let you select unique settings for the all-wheel-drive, suspension, steering and exhaust note – with an optional launch control that helps you from 0-62mph in 4.7sec, and a track-only drift mode that delivers the ride of a lifetime.

To be honest, it's all of these things – and more – that make the Ford Focus RS so special.

 

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Our Verdict

Ford Focus RS

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Our Verdict

Ford Focus RS

Is Ford’s new AWD mega-hatch Focus RS as special as we first thought? And can it beat off stiff competition from the Volkswagen Golf R and Mercedes-AMG A45?

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Driven this week