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.
I don’t think any car in 2016—as in, a car that you can actually buy, unlike certain others that shall remain nameless—debuted with as much hype as the new Ford Focus RS. It’s not every day America gets the kind of forbidden turbocharged Euro-hatch hotness that would have been unthinkable just a couple years ago. I…
The folks at Roush Performance are under the impression that a Ford Focus RS with 350 horsepower and a “drift mode” is not quite bonkers enough. So naturally they cranked up the output, decked it out with some other mods and showed it off at SEMA.
We’re all thankful that the Ford Focus RS, an overpowered all-wheel drive hot hatchback with “drift mode,” even exists. But I know I’m not the only one who’s wondering how close its actual wheel horsepower is to the factory claim. And while we’re on the subject—how much power can you make with modifications? These…
The Ford Focus RS is the new king of hot hatchbacks, and with a starting price of $35,900, it shouldn’t break the bank. But once the dealers add their inevitable markups, its value proposition starts to diminish. However, it is possible to get your RS without overpaying for it, and you might even be able to pick it up…
Motor Trend just did a comparison between the two cars at the very top of the hot hatch totem pole: the Ford Focus RS and the Volkswagen Golf R. And the car site drove the cars hard—so hard, in fact, that the Focus’s brakes caught fire.
Ever wonder what people are saying about you behind your back? Of course you have; you’re human. One handy way to find out is to take a car in for a trade-in appraisal, and leave your dashcam inside! Then you might be as lucky as this guy who brought his BMW to be appraised for a trade-in on a new Ford Focus RS. …
Chanting for the Ford Focus RS has grown quite loud over the past year or so, and now that people are finally starting to take delivery of the cars, the next thing we want to know is how it is to live with.
The 2016 Ford Focus RS has a “Drift Mode” feature that sends more power to the back wheels and softens the dampers so you can more easily catch the slide. The results, however, are not guaranteed, as you can see in this video.
Back in June, AutoGuide got a spy shot of what it believes is a development mule for an even-hotter Focus hatchback to slot above the Focus RS. Now Autocar’s sources hint that the so-called ‘RS500' is edging closer to getting the greenlight, but it may *only* have 400 horsepower. Which is a lot, but makes the name…
We all love Jeremy Clarkson because he’s a real and bona fide car guy. He tells it like it is, dammit! And, surprise surprise, he’s also got fabulous taste in cars.