I don’t know about you but I remember the good old Fords from my day, such as the Ford Escort RS1600i and the bonking-mad Escort RS Turbo Mk1 & Mk2.
I myself had an Mk1 Escort Mexico for about three years and no car has ever made me feel as alive at the wheel as that old Ford did.
Sadly, I doubt I will ever get the chance to own another as the prices now for an Mk1 Mexico are just into gigabucks.
Happily, though, Ford has just introduced a new and updated version of the Focus RS – the 2.3 EcoBoost – and I have to say that it is probably the most eagerly anticipated fast Ford for a number of years.
Power and Efficiency:
Powered by an inline four-cylinder, 2.3-litre EcoBoost turbocharged petrol engine with 440Nm of Torque and 350PS of Ford Power, it has a 0-62 time of about 4.7 seconds and then to finish off a top speed of about 165mph.
The New Focus RS also gets Ford’s Performance All-Wheel Drive system that is frankly staggering – and, if that’s not enough, you also get four drive modes to play with – Normal, Sport, Race and Drift Mode, which is frankly the most fun you will ever have with the Focus RS.
Design & Technology
Following in the footsteps of all its predecessors, the Focus RS comes with the normal hot-hatch styling on the outside, along with a vast amount of hidden electronic wizardry that you could possibly ever wish to shake a stick at and some technology built in, such as Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control which helps keep the grip levels to maximum and offers precise cornering abilities, along with race-inspired suspension components from Ohlins to improve road holding.
Inside is like a normal Focus but with extra gauges and Recaro seating along with some nice little ideas like the little rubber door edge strips that pop out from just inside the door edge to protect it from damage and then retreat back inside once the door is closed. That feature alone will make you go all tingly inside.
On the road:
The Focus RS feels fantastic and has the most outstanding driving dynamics and power-to-weight ratio that I have ever felt.
Also, no matter what mode you decide to ‘play’, the Focus RS will keep you entertained for what can only be described as possibly the rest of time.
The RS also stops as well as it goes and that’s thanks to its massive Brembo four-piston monoblock callipers and 350mm ventilated front disc, which deliver a powerful and progressive feel.
To sum up:
All in all, Ford have once again created a remarkable piece of engineering.
Hats off to the boys from Ford for making all my dreams come true once again. I, for one, will be looking to buy such a beast in the very near future.
To Ford, I say ‘Thank you and welcome back!’