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While the UK pricing won't translate directly into every market in Europe, prices on the British Isles are typically roughly comparable to those on the mainland. That makes the Focus RS one of the better hot-hatch deals around, considering the car's 300hp (224kW) and 324lb-ft (440Nm) of torque rating. Acceleration from 0-100km/h (62mph) in 5.9 seconds and a top speed of 264km/h (164mph) bolster its case.
Based around the Focus ST but with upgraded power, handling and appearance, the Focus RS offers one of the most potent three-door FWD platforms available. While many enthusiasts, especially rally fans, would like to see the RS equipped with AWD, Ford argues that the car actually performs better as a FWD platform, due to the negation of the extra weight and complexity of an AWD system. The abundant power is put safely to the ground via the aid of a Quaife LSD, Ford's 'RevoKnuckle' suspension, and an advanced traction control system.
For more details on the 2009 Ford Focus RS, check out our coverage of the official release here.Ford Focus RS ConceptFord Focus RS hatch