There have been plenty of fast Fords in our time, with names like Shelby, GT, Cobra, Raptor and ST. But the latest Ford factory hot rod has a new one badge: RS. To understand why that’s such a big deal, you have to learn some history first.
The Ford Focus RS is the ridiculously powerful hatchback Europe has been teasing us with for years. But now the heavens smile upon the U.S. and will grace us with Ford’s craziest family car. Except now the RS is a driftmobile with all-wheel drive. What do you need to know before you buy a Focus RS? Don’t worry, we’ll…
Nobody can shut up about how awesome the new AWD, 350 hp “Drift Mode” Ford Focus RS is, including us. Ford probably thinks that’s great because it’s the only hyper-hatch the brand plans on making, as it has now been all but confirmed that there are zero plans for a Fiesta RS.
The 2016 Ford Focus RS, will all of its 345 horses, isn’t even on sale yet, but already there’s random and interestingly-sourced speculation that the big blue oval might make an even hotter one. Will they? Who knows. Would it be awesome? No! It’d be bad! Awful! A monstrosity!
Ford’s new delightfully bonkers 345 HP, Drift Mode-having hottest hatch now has its configurator available, so it’s time for all of us to pretend we have around $37,000 to unload and start putting together our cars. We want to see yours!
With the Focus RS release yesterday, and persistent rumors of a Fiesta RS floating around, it's safe to say that the air has been saturated with RS-speculation and interest. Which is why I wasn't too surprised to receive a leaked slide of Ford's upcoming RS plans. But I was very surprised at what I saw.
Here's our first glimpse of the 2016 Ford Focus RS, the turbocharged beastie that's set to spark thousands of forum flamewars and more than a few cases of buyer's remorse. And we're finally getting it in the states, probably.
Despite being the first American to score points in the WRC since the '80s, Ken Block is still working on keeping his powerful Focus RS upright. Exhibit A: This video of him rolling during practice.
We anointed Pete Krehbiel the "Real Most Interesting Man In The World" after he managed to legally import a Ford Focus RS. Now an admittedly hungover Krebs emailed us details of his latest conquest: a basketcase Lancia Stratos replica.
Ford driver Mikko Hirvonen crashed out of Rally Finland today in fairly dramatic fashion. The Finn was leading the event when he lost control of his Focus RS and somersaulted over a hill. Crazy in-car and spectator footage below.
The Ford Focus RS is the most lustworthy European hot hatch forbidden to us Yanks. No journalist has dared put all 305 hp of its front-wheel-drive madness down on red, white, and blue soil. Until now.
Remember the lime green 2010 Ford Focus RS for sale in Mexico? One of our readers bought it and will be importing it to the US. To say we're jealous would be like saying the sun's warm. Complete story below.
A dealership on the wrong side of the Texas border is offering up a 2010 Ford Focus RS to the first person with $45,000. Of course, you'll still have to do the importing on this bright-green slice of heaven.
Brandenburg, Germany is our kind of place. Rather than a fake sled running on top of a tractor, their Santa Claus parade features a freakin' Ford Focus RS. We'll be nice, we promise. Photo Credit: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images