2017 Ford Focus RS cars for sale

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The original Focus RS was the first truly performance-oriented Focus, and in fact the first RS Ford since the legendary Escort Cosworth. Big boots to fill, yet the 212hp Focus was not only less powerful but also front- not four-wheel drive. And yet, it was absolutely mega. The Quaife front differential did suffer from torque steer, but it also delivered unimaginably good traction out of corners, while the rest of the package was like a regular Focus on steroids – i.e. great to drive, and hilariously aggressive.

The Focus RS returned in Mk2 form in 2009, this time with a version of the Volvo-sourced 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine doing the hard work. As with the 2006 ST, it sounded fantastic, but instead of 225hp, it had 205hp, courtesy (in part) of a larger turbo, a new intercooler and a stronger crank. It was still front-drive, but added a clever front suspension system that Ford called RevoKnuckle as well as the limited-slip front differential to help cope with the extra power – even more necessary with the 350hp limited-run RS500.

The Mk3 RS arrived in 2016. It no longer had the five-cylinder engine, but the 2.3-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder made 350hp as standard. For the first time, the Focus also got four-wheel drive – and a clever torque vectoring system that could send up to 70 per cent of the car’s power to the back axle. It even had a Drift Mode for those interested in a bit of sideways fun.

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Frequently asked questions

  • You can find a great used Ford Focus RS on PistonHeads ranging from £16,395 to £79,995. You can expect to pay from £16,395 for a Mk1, from £19,000 for a Mk2 and from £25,000 for a Mk3 in today's market.
  • The Ford Focus RS Mk3 can reach a top speed of 165mph.
  • You can expect to average 28.0 - 36.7mpg & CO2 emissions are an estimated 175 - 237g/km, depending on the model.
    • Engine size: 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo - 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo.
    • Power: 215 - 350hp.
    • Torque: 229 - 324lb-ft.
    • 0-60: 4.7 - 7.5sec, depending on the year & version.
    • Transmission: 5-speed and 6-speed manual, front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive (Mk3).
  • The Ford Focus RS is only available as a hatchback.
  • The Ford Focus RS Mk1 first arrived in 2002 with a 212hp 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine, with a five-speed manual and front-wheel drive. The Mk2 was unveiled in 2008 with a 305hp 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbocharged engine, retaining front-wheel drive but this time with a six-speed gearbox. The limited edition Mk2 RS500 arrived in 2010. Fast Ford fans had to wait five years after the order books closed on the Mk2 in 2011 before the Mk3 arrived in 2016. The Mk3 came with a 350hp 2.3-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine, a six-speed gearbox and all-wheel drive. RS Edition, RS Red Edition, RS Final Edition and RS Heritage Edition cars were available for the Mk3.

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