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Old 12-09-2008, 12:31 PM   #1
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Move over Focus ST, here comes the Ford Focus RS...again.
Yes, the RS badge is back on the Focus after a 6 year hiatus. And Ford has found just the right event at which to debut the new RS - at the WRC Wales Rally GB.


The RS badge, of course, was born from rally racing (it stands for Rallye Sport) and Ford has chosen former WRC Champion Marcus Grönholm, who began his career in rally racing back in 1987 with a Ford Escort, to introduce the car to the public at the last race of the WRC season.


The production Focus RS will feature the same 2.5 liter, 5 cylinder Duratec turbocharged engine currently found in the Focus ST. But this new variant will be pumping out 300 horses, compared to the ST's 225. Peak torque will also be a substantial 440 Nm. Ford has achieved those numbers by tweaking the 2.5 liter power plant with new a cylinder head and gasket, special camshafts and a new intake and manifold system (and likely a little chip tuning, although Ford doesn't mention that). 0 to 100 km/h comes in at under 6 seconds and top speed is 161 mph, or 260 km/h.


But, alas, the Focus RS remains front-wheel drive. The Quaife Automatic Torque Biasing limited-slip differential and something called a RevoKnuckle front-suspension system are supposed to make up for that and control all that power coming through the front axle. But one has the right to be skeptical here. The last RS was a success at this dilemma, but that was only 215 hp spinning the front wheels.


The RS will come with all the expected colors of Ford tradition. Performance Blue, echoing the blue oval logo, will be the mainstay of the RS. It will also be available in Ultimate Green and Frozen White. No ST-style orange, though, perhaps to keep that model distinct from the RS.
At 300 hp this may be Ford's most powerful production car in Europe, but let's hope its not too much for a front-wheel drive Focus to handle.

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Old 12-09-2008, 12:35 PM   #2
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That's hot, but why FWD?
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Old 12-09-2008, 12:52 PM   #3
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That's hot, but why FWD?
because it works?
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Old 12-09-2008, 01:03 PM   #4
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Given the option between a quaife diffed FWD and a low-end Haldex AWD (Volvo S40) option.. I'd take the FWD.
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Old 12-09-2008, 01:06 PM   #5
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thats hott. FWD....whatever. In todays car market we're lucky a 300hp small car like this exists at all. Even if we can't get it stateside.
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Old 12-09-2008, 01:10 PM   #6
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That's hot, but why FWD?
Why keep asking the same damn question everyone keeps asking about the RS, have you been living under a rock?

answer: cost, weight, complexity, change of existing floorpan.
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Old 12-09-2008, 01:21 PM   #7
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Ford, we're waiting....
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Old 12-09-2008, 02:54 PM   #8
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Lose the uber ghey side vents if they are just vestigial, and the mini-old STi style wing. Otherwise, c'mon Ford give us some RSatisfaction
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Old 12-09-2008, 04:09 PM   #9
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Make the Focus ST available in the states with 2/3 the flair this car has, 3/4 of the performance and I am sold. I miss the found of an inline 5 up front.
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Old 12-09-2008, 04:29 PM   #10
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Ford, we're waiting....
+1

This would be a great replacement for my STi in 2010-2011. I'd also enjoy buying an (somewhat) American car that has some rally roots.
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Old 12-09-2008, 04:49 PM   #11
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i hate how every finnish driver in motorsports is called the flying finn.

wtf.
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Old 12-09-2008, 06:11 PM   #12
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i hate how every finnish driver in motorsports is called the flying finn.

wtf.
Because they're cumulatively called the 'Flying Finns'
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Old 12-09-2008, 06:30 PM   #13
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So Ford makes cars worth buying, just not in America? Sweet, I'll see you guys at the first bank of congress.
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Some of us figured that out a while ago, and went with the next-best thing
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Old 12-09-2008, 07:26 PM   #15
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i hate how every finnish driver in motorsports is called the flying finn.

wtf.
"If you wanna win, get a Finn"
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Old 12-09-2008, 07:44 PM   #16
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attn Ford, I am not interested in a Mustang. I am interested in this.

Whatever, I'm not exactly unhappy with my import.
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Old 12-09-2008, 08:49 PM   #17
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Ford, I will buy this now bring it here. K, thanks.
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Why keep asking the same damn question everyone keeps asking about the RS, have you been living under a rock?
Because it's a more important question when it comes from me.

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answer: cost, weight, complexity, change of existing floorpan.
Those are all bs answers except the last one.
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Those are all bs answers except the last one.
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cost is a BIG factor. The haldex system is expensive. Add that system to this and people just like you are gonna be the first bitching and whining about how they can get an STI for less.
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Those are all bs answers except the last one.
Right.
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Looks hot. I'd rock it!!!
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cost is a BIG factor. The haldex system is expensive. Add that system to this and people just like you are gonna be the first bitching and whining about how they can get an STI for less.
People like me don't bitch. we exist merely to rile up people like you.
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Old 12-10-2008, 03:41 PM   #24
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i hate how every finnish driver in motorsports is called the flying finn.

wtf.
I see I'm not the only one to come in this thread thinking "What the hell is Kimi doing driving a Focus?"
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cost is a BIG factor. The haldex system is expensive. Add that system to this and people just like you are gonna be the first bitching and whining about how they can get an STI for less.
Haldex sucks. It's pseudo AWD and I'll take FWD with a good quality helical LSD over it any day.
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