Ford Focus RS Mk2s for reasonable money are becoming rare.
The example featured here is a 2009-reg with 73,000 miles. It’s got the Lux Pack 2 upgrade so has a sat-nav and reversing camera, on top of the Lux Pack 1’s digital radio and climate control. That’s the kit, but it’s the performance you buy these things for - and the Mk2 has stacks.
The 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo motor produces 300bhp and 324lb ft, dispatched to the front wheels via a Quaife limited- slip diff. With the additional help of a Revo Knuckle front suspension set-up and ESP, the Mk2 RS just about keeps torque steer in check, leaving you free to enjoy arriving at 60mph from a standing start in 5.9sec.
The seller says our example has a full service history. It would be nice to see some top specialist stamps in the book as the mileage climbs, as well as Ford main dealer ones earlier in the car’s life. Scrutinise workshop bills for evidence that they’ve used Castrol Longtec 0W-40 fully synthetic.
It has just had a belt change, and a new clutch and flywheel – to be expected at this mileage. Listen for driveshaft rumblings and, with the engine running, remove the dipstick, listening for air escaping from the crankcase – a bad sign. Check the previous owner hasn’t skimped on the tyres. Continental Sport Contacts are the rubber of choice.