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Hello fellow members.

I was very fortunate today to drive the RS Focus, in summary a stunning car.

The first thing you notice, is the car in blue, is even better in the flesh than the pictures or in showroom lights. I was not sure about the black wheels, I am going to order with the standard silver ones, it's all down to the individual tastes. In sunlight, the paint has a sparkle to it and sets off the body kit and lines superbly.

In traffic the car is fully manageable, no surging or stalling, the clutch is light and is a little bit on/off, but you would expect this for this sort of car. When you hit a clear road and overtake in normal mode, the turbo comes in with little lag and you're off, totally controllable power. The steering is positive with lots of feedback.

If you power around roundabouts there is no drama, no tyre noise no body roll, you just increase your speed to your exit road.

After selecting sport mode, the exhaust note has more pops and bangs on over run but not unpleasant. The dampers also firm up and the ride is a little harder, again you could travel several hundred miles and listen to the radio.

The car is a joy to drive, and we will all be looking forward to our order arriving, followed by many happy trips. Comments like - I think we will take that twisty road will become common place for an RS owner.

If you have any specific questions I would be happy to give you my opinion. ☺
 

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The power is good before the turbo comes in, I guess (I did not spend loads of time looking at the rpm, as car in front was closing in fast) it starts to deliver some boost at around 2,500 and is on full boost above 3,500 rpm. There is so much power lowdown, providing you're in the correct gear you are watching the gap closing as things are happening rapidly. Once on full boost it's just eye watering.

The brakes are stunning, very well matched to the cars performance.
 

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I think what will help down the road is when/if they come out with electric torque fill from a hybrid system. The next generation Focus is in development and if Ford wants to remain the leader in this segment, then bringing on a hybrid powertrain will help them and ensure they have a solid product.
 

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No, impressively lacking, the turbo spins up very quickly. The fastest reacting turbo of all the turbo cars I have owned in the last twenty years.
 

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The twin scroll turbo gives this RS a unique feel, so no I can't compare it to anything I have driven in the past. All I can say it was that good I have ordered an RS, the downside is I have to wait a year until it's delivered.
 

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The twin scroll turbo gives this RS a unique feel, so no I can't compare it to anything I have driven in the past. All I can say it was that good I have ordered an RS, the downside is I have to wait a year until it's delivered.
I hope you at least have something fun to drive around in the mean time.
What other cars have you owned in the past? Anything along the lines of performance the RS is like?
 

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I hope you at least have something fun to drive around in the mean time.
What other cars have you owned in the past? Anything along the lines of performance the RS is like?
One of the cars I enjoyed most was my Sierra RS 4x4 built at 220 bhp and rebuilt after 90,000 miles to 300 bhp. I owned it from new and had it over nine years and when I traded it in, it had covered 186,000 miles. It never let me down in all the time I owned it. The new RS Focus drives very simular, I think in the States you will be amazed at the handling on a minor road with lots of bends. The cornering is flat with very little body roll.

I had a couple of 2.8l Injection Ford Capri, a European version of your Mustang, a nice looking coupe. The last one was the final edition which was badged as the Capri 280. I owned both of these from new.

I am current driving an Astra VXR, built by Opal but sold in the UK as a Vauxhall, nice but it's front wheel drive. The main issue with front wheel drive is pulling away in damp/wet conditions,, apart from that it's fun.
 
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