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The 2016 Ford Focus RS: all-wheel drive, 2.3 liters, four cylinders, 350 horsepower, 350 pound-feet of torque... minus 100 Euros.

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I’m currently testing the new Focus RS in Spain, and so far I’ve learned I must get better at decoding Bill Caswell’s hand signals. Caswell’s there testing the car too for some publication called Road & Track. He had his photographer hanging out the window shooting when I came up behind him in my RS.

Bill started waving for me to overtake him, but there was a sharp turn ahead so I stayed behind. When it got clear after the curve, he was still waving, but as it turned out, for something completely different.

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Illustration for article titled I Got A Ticket In The 2016 Ford Focus RS And It’s Bill Caswell’s Fault

The “Trafico” police happened to be up in the canyons because there was a motorcycle accident further down the road, and while I wasn’t speeding, crossing the line where I shouldn’t have meant they got to stop me for a $110 chat.

I thought a warning would be sufficient, but they insisted otherwise.

Illustration for article titled I Got A Ticket In The 2016 Ford Focus RS And It’s Bill Caswell’s Fault
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Unfortunately, I also had to listen to the ugly sound of their diesel Alfas for a good half hour before clearing my head with the pops and bangs of our entertaining Ford again. That’s because the cops’ credit card terminal was suffering from battery issues, and I refused to take the “Well, we can take you to a cash machine” option. Eff that. This is an EU country, not Armenia.

This is what we in the business call an occupational hazard.

Expect a full review of the new RS next week. We’ll hit the track tomorrow with our surprisingly quiet turbo hatchbacks, but after that, I might just need to get even with the world by putting just enough G&Ts on Ford’s bill.

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With Caswell, you can easily hit $110 before last call. The bastard.

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Photo credit: Máté Petrány/Jalopnik

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Contact the author at mate@jalopnik.com.

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