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Ford Focus RS (2011)

by Barry Green,reviewed October 2011

There’s no optional auto transmission or spare wheel, the rear wing restricts vision and its turning circle is outrageous, but regardless the Ford Focus RS is right up with the hottest of hot hatches of all time.

Whether it be the sheer breadth of engine performance, dynamic handling, razor sharp steering, awesome grip and brakes or sheer on-road presence, the Focus RS has it in spades. This really is the car that you find yourself taking the long way home in, every time.

The bad news is Australia was allocated just 315 examples, so the joy won’t be as far spread as many enthusiasts would like.

Ford Focus RS 2011

For

Performance, handling

Against

Price, poor turning circuit

Key features

19” alloys, xenon auto headlights, rear park sensors, tyre deflation detection, rain sensing wipers, Premium audio with MP3 compatibility and auxiliary input, bluetooth, dual zone climate control airconditioning

Safety

Dual front/front side/curtain airbags, ABS, EBD, EBA ESC, TCS

Car Details

Vehicle make Ford
Vehicle model Focus RS
Vehicle type Sports Under $80,000
Year 2011
Price when new $59,990 MLP
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
5 out of 5 stars
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Engine 2.5-litre turbo, 5-cyl

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.