The Ford Focus RS is already approaching 12,500 miles (and therefore its first service).
It has been accruing miles rapidly largely because a couple of colleagues have long-distance commutes but also because most of the office still wants a go. It seems to make no difference what they’re currently driving, what sort of cars they usually like or even what kind of journey they’re doing: people want a go in the Focus RS.
Same goes for the general public. Certainly, the Nitrous Blue paint helps, but there have already been plenty of occasions where people have pointed, waved or flashed their headlights. The inevitable petrol station conversations (the average dipped below 30mpg last time I looked) have happened, too, with fans keen to know every detail.
What to tell them? Broadly positive news, in fact. Without any autumnal showers, the four-wheel drive system hasn’t been tested yet, but on dry roads it shows great poise, grip and agility for something so heavy. This is on the standard Michelin Pilot Super Sports, too. It must feel staggering on the optional Cup 2s from the same maker. Maybe one to investigate soon.