Friday, March 6, 2009
New Ford Focus RS
So, I need to first mention that this car is not coming to the USA. This is a Team RS developed car from England. Rats! But, its awesome in its own right. This is the perfect Focus. OK, it doesn't have awd still, but engineers say they reach their goal with this car with "only" fwd. It keeps down the weight, cost, complexity. The car weighs 3,236lbs, so its not exactly "lightweight" anymore. It's only 200-300 lbs lighter than the STi and EVO X, but it has more power, try 301hp at 6,500 rpm using 20 psi from its Borg Warner K16 turbocharger. The sweet deal is its makign 325tq from 2,300-4,500 rpm's! What?! That's as much as the latest Mustang GT with its 4.6L 3 valve V8. Huh!?! Come on Ford, put this engine in the Mustang base model! It's an inline 5 cylinder Volvo based engine tweaked by Team RS. It does 0-60 in 5.9 seconds. Not bad considering its fwd. But its top speed is 163 mph! Whoa! It wears 235/35/19 Continentals, that's big. It's key to "minimizing" torque steer is a new patented "RevoKnuckle" front suspension. Not sure what that means, but it doesn't rid itself of torque steer. ;)
I love the interior and green paint. But, I'd take one in silver or white before this green. But I do dig the body kit, fender flares, rear wing and front end. It will sell for $36k, not cheap for a Focus, but this Focus is an RS. Nuff said! My question to the editor who wrote the story here on insideline.com is, "How much does it beat the Cobalt SS by on the Nurburgring track?"