2015 Ford Focus RS

When operating 1 as being a long-termer, our greatest issue was the engine’s refusal to behave by itself on mild throttle openings. We have spoken to a number of proprietors concerning this and many are in arrangement: the motor surges, creating the RS difficult to generate easily. Lugging difficult via the mid-range the motor was dynamite, and locked in position by these excellent Recaros, having a commanding see from the street forward (the seats had been mounted as well higher), there was small that may contact the RS’s tempo alongside a difficult street. Driving it you experienced a way of its hardly contained power, its urgency and explosive shipping and delivery. It’s totally, totally various towards the ST, and also to solution all of the discussion board debates we have noticed, massively quicker throughout the bottom, as well.

The normal mk2 RS remained basically unchanged all through its manufacturing operate, however the evocatively named RS500 ramped up the overall performance – and desirability – to some new degree on its start in April 2010. Restricted to five hundred models (just one hundred and one of which had been allotted towards the United kingdom), the RS500 offered out inside a 7 days regardless of its £35,750 checklist cost (an £8K top quality more than the RS) and stays extremely prized these days. All five hundred of these had been completed inside a matt black wrap with black alloys and crimson brake calipers, whilst the inside highlighted additional slices of carbon trim along with a numbered plaque around the centre console.

Below the bonnet, there was a bigger intercooler and airbox, a larger-diameter exhaust downpipe, an uprated gas pump and recalibrated software program – the web outcome becoming 345bhp at 6000rpm (up 45bhp around the regular vehicle) and 339lb ft from 2500 to 4500rpm. We also recorded a 0-60mph time of five.6sec (three-tenths quicker compared to the normal RS).

Along with the RS500 start, Ford introduced a overall performance improve choice for the normal RS. The MP350, created by Group RS and Mountune Overall performance, was essentially the RS500 mechanical improve for £1995 (furthermore fitting). It was accessible via a community of authorized sellers, and crucially stored the manufacturing facility guarantee intact. Obviously, for a few that will by no means be sufficient, and a number of other impartial tuners – Graham Goode, JW Racing, Revo and other people – had been quickly providing all method of updates, from remaps to complete mechanical deals, with 400bhp (or even more) accessible when the owner’s pockets had been deep sufficient. Mountune by itself received in around the act with its MR375 improve, even though this 1 was not factory-backed. Usefully, the Ford/Volvo lump appears completely pleased churning out 400bhp or even more.

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