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FOCUS RS does battle with its "hot-hatch" competitors !!

Hi People.

Oddriver here. I'm from Pennsylvania in the Harrisburg area. Check out my Gallery Photos of the PA Motor trend Auto show. I Ordered my RS on 12/18/15. I have just contacted my Dealer and the Sales Manager Brad at L.B Smith Ford Lincoln in The Lemoyne , PA. Has been alotted another RS if anyone is interested. Contact number is (717) 761-6700. It's still available as of 2/19/16.

http://racing.ford.com/enthusiasts/media-room/2016/02/focus-rs-does-battle-with-a45--golf-r--civic-type-r.html

Click on this link above to get the latest on the competition. RS KICKS BUTT !!!

Also. There is a Video on TOP GEAR on FOX Sports Sunday about the Square OFF.

Also. I Have a number from Ford so you can Contact them to check on your RS order. Which started making US Cars 0n 1/25/16.

Here's the number : FORD RELATIONS (800) 392-3673

Follow the proms for customer service. You will need your Dealer Code # and your Order #.

And they will give your status on your RS.

Good Luck!!
 

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I think it's just one editor's opinion about his likes and dislikes. But He raves about the RS. They go by mostly MFG. specs. And there of course is the test drive. Which in there case was 2000 miles around public roads. I also did research on the different cars by reading opinions. And decided to purchase the RS.
 

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The Honda has a Front wheel drive torque steering problem. Even with their special button to help in that problem. That is from what I read.
 

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Since the Type R we'll see on American soil will be a different one, there's a good chance that issue will be addressed. The team over looking the Civic's R&D seem to be the type to want to listen and get it right.
 

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There is also another problem with that amount of HP & TQ on the front drive line. Is the CV Joints (Half Shafts) receive major abuse. As well as hind end compression (inertia) causing the steering issue. Gm could never solve it with the Cadillac which has high HP output.

http://www.caranddriver.com/columns/slowly-but-surely-horsepower-is-killing-front-drive

http://www.wired.com/2014/01/the-physics-of-a-front-wheel-drive-muscle-car/

Here are 2 great articles on this discussion. Also, check out that SICK VIDEO on the Wired article of the VW GOLF.
 

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Sounds like increased HP is wreaking havoc with both RWD and FWD.
During hard acceleration in the lower gears, front-drive cars often lose some directional stability and are easily deflected by bumps, dips, and crowns in the pavement. Rear-drive cars can fishtail when they lose traction, but front-drivers often "fishhead" under the same circumstances.
Glad the Focus RS is AWD.
 

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That's probably one of the reasons why the GT-R has been good for so long and it just about the best it gets with performance at its price, way better than cars even $100k more than it... but that's just when focusing on performance.
 

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Thanks for the link! Great to hear that the RS can handle most poor road conditions. Now, if only I can move across the pond so I'm closer to the B500.
 

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Good to see that it doesn't have any of that lag and dead spots. He never did say how the sudden braking of the RS felt when the 150mph Mini appeared in their lane.
 

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RS will make most ideas of other vehicles someone has in mind just disappear anyways, especially as someone starts to push it through some turns :D
 

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Like how he seems to be a fan of the manual gearbox.

A twin-clutch gearbox would have been faster, but a manual gearbox is more engaging, so that’s what you get.
And it does make for a more engaging ride.
 

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One thing about the twin clutch setup. I've experienced the same basic setup in my Evo X MR. And I can tell you that it is quicker. But the twin clutch setup feels less in control do to matching the MPH with the RPMs. Another words Up shifting and Down shifting. Also the Steering wheel paddle controls do take some practice in turns and sharp curves. And the fun does not last long. About half the life of a manual clutch setup. Before you have to crack open the Transmission for a new clutch replacement. Which will cost you around $3500.00 to $4500.00 minimum.
 

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One thing about the twin clutch setup. I've experienced the same basic setup in my Evo X MR. And I can tell you that it is quicker. But the twin clutch setup feels less in control do to matching the MPH with the RPMs. Another words Up shifting and Down shifting. Also the Steering wheel paddle controls do take some practice in turns and sharp curves. And the fun does not last long. About half the life of a manual clutch setup. Before you have to crack open the Transmission for a new clutch replacement. Which will cost you around $3500.00 to $4500.00 minimum.
Definitely not a vehicle i'd keep for a while, for me it's almost a case of keeping them for a short period of time and then selling it and doing that you get away with a lot of maintenance, the big maintenance.
 
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