Ford’s 295bhp super-hatch meets its public
22 July 2008

The wraps have come off the new Ford Focus RS, one of the most significant new models to be launched at this year’s British motor show. Ford claims that the new RS will set the benchmark for affordable performance when it goes on sale, with 295bhp and 302lb ft from its 2.5-litre, turbocharged five-pot engine. Despite the prodigious power output, the Focus RS does without four-wheel drive, opting instead for a lighter front-wheel drive layout and a Quaife limited-slip differential. The RS is due to go on sale early next year, with a price tag of less than £25,000.If you can’t wait until then, you can read our technical story, see our exclusive video preview or look through our comprehensive gallery of show pictures.

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24 July 2008

Love it! even the colour.

Taking design from the front of the latest Evo and making it even more aggressive. Even the pumped up looks really suit the Focus.

Can't wait for the reviews to start rolling in. However, it will sell whatever is written.

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Our Verdict

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Can the Ford Focus capture the hearts and minds of hatchback buyers, or have its traditional rivals managed to perfect the formula?

Find an Autocar car review

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