In a snap, Ford has decided to kill all of its and sedans and hatchbacks except for the Focus Active. While this may be a smart business move—for now—buyers looking for cheap speed and five-doors will eventually have to go elsewhere. Now seems like a good time to grab a Fiesta ST, Focus ST or Focus RS with heavy…
It seems that one of the most important pieces of equipment for a dealership’s service manager should know how to use is a telephone. If the service manager at Titan Ford in New South Wales, Australia, was able to properly hang up his telephone-machine, then a pretty colossal mess involving a Focus RS head gasket…
Mark your calendars, friends, because it looks like Ford Focus RS production at the Saarlouis, Germany, plant is ending on April 6. At least in the U.K., you’ll get an orange special edition to set things off.
Yesterday we covered Ford’s new service advisory allowing owners of 2016 and 2017 Ford Focus RSes to get new head gaskets free of charge and—in some cases—new cylinder heads as well. Now The Blue Oval has divulged how many vehicles have been affected, and it’s not exactly a small number.
Finally, after many months of Ford Focus RS owners complaining about failing head gaskets, the automaker has issued a technical service bulletin that will replace head gaskets—and, potentially even entire cylinder heads—on vehicles built between Aug. 2015 and July 2017 free of charge. Here are the details of that fix.
For many months, Ford Focus RS owners around the globe have been freaking out about head gasket failures. The issue has led many to believe that Ford screwed up its gasket design, but in recent weeks Road And Track posed a different theory: the gasket wasn’t flawed, per se; it was just the wrong part. I looked into…
Do you feel that? The numbing pain left behind when a small piece of your soul has been extracted and crushed, never to return to your body again? If not, then perhaps you don’t have any soul left to crush. Understandable.
The Ford Focus RS is a magnificent 350 horsepower all-wheel drive drift machine, so you can imagine how thrilled folks were to be able to actually drop the $35,000 to own one of their own. You can also imagine, then, how upset those same folks were when their engines started failing after only a few thousand miles.
I nearly got a D in Intro to Economics in college (thank you curve!) but even I understood the law of supply and demand. Here’s how it works as applied to the Ford Focus RS.
When the Ford Focus RS came to the United States, it captured our hearts not only because of its awesome hot-hatchiness, but also because it entertained the little drift demon that lives inside all of us with its Drift Mode.
You couldn’t exactly call this 2011 Ford Focus RS “new,” because it’s from about seven years ago. But you could make an argument for it, considering that the thing has barely been touched since it rolled off the line—plastic on the seats, 18 miles on the odometer and a real talent for just sitting there.
Now that the Honda Civic Type R is available in the U.S., everyone’s curious how Japan’s forbidden fruit will compare to what’s currently on the U.S. market. We’ve now got our first taste thanks to Motor1's comparison between Honda’s little front-wheel drive beast and the Ford Focus RS.
The Ford Focus RS will likely go down in the history books as one of the greatest performance hatchbacks of all time. Unfortunately, its production run will come to an end after 2018, but Ford is sending it out with a bang—and even more grip.
The man’s always one step ahead of you.
Remember those first heady weeks when the Ford Focus RS started showing up on the road? Blue rockethatches, bright and innocent, right up until that one dude drift-moded his way into the side of a mountain. Apparently this is what that car looks like now. (Update: different car, dude!)
The Ford Focus RS has a second electronic brain in its butt, which it needs to control its new all-wheel-drive system. Sometimes this brain gets confused, and this has some consequences.
We recently got our hands on a Ford Focus RS to see if the much-ballyhooed Drift Mode is actually any faster than the car’s more normal high-performance Track Mode, or if Drift Mode was just a bunch of pointless powersliding. As it turns out, on loose surfaces, Drift Mode is way, way, way faster than we expected.