RE: Ford Focus RS (Mk2) Mountune Racing: Spotted

RE: Ford Focus RS (Mk2) Mountune Racing: Spotted

Thursday 9th August

Ford Focus RS (Mk2) Mountune Racing: Spotted

This MR375 kit enhanced RS is, in terms of pricing, comparable to a new Fiesta ST. Where would your money go?



Stop what you’re doing, fellow PHer, because we have a very important question for you. You’re in the market for a fast Ford hot hatch. Where would your hard earned money go: on a brand spanking new Ford Fiesta ST, like the one that just pipped the Toyota Yaris GRMN in our recent test, or a previous-generation Focus RS, like the one that’s on sale in the classifieds?

It doesn’t take a Blue Oval aficionado to spot the difference in proposition, but their prices mean they are, from a purchase point of view at least, quite comparable. Plus, we all like to play “which would you choose” now and then, don’t we? So consider this: a Fiesta ST-2 with an optional (and very worthwhile) Quaife LSD costs £20,845, which is just a 155 quid less than this 2009 RS’s asking price. Yes the new car is a safer bet, what with its shiny new warranty and all, but the old one has, well, a five-cylinder engine with a Mountune Racing-uprated 375hp on offer.


OK, so it’s true that the talents of the latest hot Fiesta have never been broader, as it’s more mature than its predecessor and no less entertaining when let off the leash. But even in standard, non-Mountune trim, the Mk2 Focus RS remains a very fine driver’s car indeed. It’s arguably the best sounding hot Ford of the 21st century this side of a V8 Mustang (see the PH video for evidence) and its Volvo-sourced 2.5-litre motor, which saw substantial fettling from the team at Ford Performance, has never been wanting for more grunt. Although Mountune Racing’s MR375 kit, a £4,399 (including fitting) upgrade, gave it just that…

Floor it in a vehicle with these enhancements, which include a freer flowing exhaust system, cast inlet plenum and new engine mapping, and the car can allegedly sprint from zero to 62mph in 5.0sec, a seven tenth improvement over the standard 305hp car. And even though the Mk2 (and the Mk1 before it) isn’t gifted with the all-wheel drive hardware of the Mk3 RS, Ford’s innovative Revoknuckle front suspension, which splits the loads of the steering and suspension on the front strut, does a fine job of making best use of the car’s limited-slip differential. Which means the second-gen RS’s satisfying engine can be exercised with more vigour.


We said of a Mk2 RS during a back-to-back drive with its successor that its engine has a “more endearing character than the four-cylinder, the noise more authentic and cultured than the augmented racket in the new RS”. As if that wasn’t praise enough, we added, “it's rewarding at all commitment levels and speeds, a properly exciting centre piece to base a car around”. Needless to say, the Mountune Racing pack only serves to heighten that verdict.

For this reason, the 62,000-mile-old car advertised in the classifieds feels both like an exciting and smart buy. With those Mountune bits, it has an output to shame the latest RS, but it’s exterior is completely unmolested, so it has an image that’s as purposeful now as it was a decade ago. Unlike other extreme hot hatches of the time (Megane R26.R, we’re looking at you), there are five seats and a proper boot, so the RS is also a genuinely useable car. Of course it’ll require many, many more visits to the fuel pump than a new Fiesta ST, plus the insurance is likely to be considerably higher. Then there’s the much higher tax rate thanks to the 225g/km of CO2 emitted, and don’t get us started on the servicing costs. But there’s genuine investment potential here, so you could be enjoying a very high performance Ford that’s going to remain valuable. For us, the decision’s a no-brainer. You might think different, of course...


SPECIFICATION - FORD FOCUS RS MR375

Engine: 2,522cc, 5-cyl turbocharged
Transmission: Six-speed manual, front-wheel-drive
Power (hp): 375@6,700rpm
Torque (lb ft): 406@3,500rpm
CO2: 225g/km (standard car)
MPG: 30 (standard car)
First registered: 2009
Recorded mileage: 61,800
Price new: £24,995 (standard Focus RS)
Yours for: £20,990

See the original advert here.

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rtz62

Original Poster:

1,510 posts

89 months

Thursday 9th August
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“But there’s genuine investment potential here, so you could be enjoying a very high performance Ford that’s going to remain valuable.”

Surely the safer investment would be a bog-standard RS?

KingNothing

2,128 posts

87 months

Thursday 9th August
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ph said:
Unlike other extreme hot hatches of the time (Megane R26.R, we’re looking at you), there are five seats and a proper boot, so the RS is also a genuinely useable car.
The RS only has 4 seats. Boot is decent enough though.

lord trumpton

4,889 posts

60 months

Thursday 9th August
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It's the miles that kills the investment potential

Not high per se but these beardy ford nerds want cars that have never even been driven, washed or looked at for longer than a minute


Gameface

5,028 posts

11 months

Thursday 9th August
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Investment potential in a 60K mile Ford?

No.


1974foggy

115 posts

78 months

Thursday 9th August
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The FRS and a £1000.00 runabout, hands down. The looks and noise do it for me, as does the resale.
Id have to take all the mountune livery off the dash prior to driving it home though.
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rtz62

Original Poster:

1,510 posts

89 months

Thursday 9th August
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KingNothing said:
ph said:
Unlike other extreme hot hatches of the time (Megane R26.R, we’re looking at you), there are five seats and a proper boot, so the RS is also a genuinely useable car.
The RS only has 4 seats. Boot is decent enough though.
I was going to ‘call you out’ on the 4 seats comment but looking at images on t’internet it appears there’s only 2 seatbelts in the rear (viewed on the small screen of my piephone)
Who knew?
Certainly puts me off a little as with 2 kids just sub-teen I’d possibly need to have space for one of their friends. Shame that the lack of a centre seatbelt doesn’t automatically mean a delete of KISS radio station (if the car has DAB radio of course)

KingNothing

2,128 posts

87 months

Thursday 9th August
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rtz62 said:
KingNothing said:
ph said:
Unlike other extreme hot hatches of the time (Megane R26.R, we’re looking at you), there are five seats and a proper boot, so the RS is also a genuinely useable car.
The RS only has 4 seats. Boot is decent enough though.
I was going to ‘call you out’ on the 4 seats comment but looking at images on t’internet it appears there’s only 2 seatbelts in the rear (viewed on the small screen of my piephone)
Who knew?
Certainly puts me off a little as with 2 kids just sub-teen I’d possibly need to have space for one of their friends. Shame that the lack of a centre seatbelt doesn’t automatically mean a delete of KISS radio station (if the car has DAB radio of course)
I had a Focus ST-3 for 5 years, and have had a Focus RS Mk.2 for 3.5 years now, which uses the same back seats, definatley 4 seats only. Big bolster sitting in the middle where a 3rd seat would be, not that I'd want to be the person sat in there anyway, it's not the most comfortable seat in a 5 seater Focus.

I'll echo the statements about this not really being much of an investment at that mileage, at that mileage I'd say it's one to be used a bit, and maybe stave off a bit of depreciation at best. Investment ones start with a mileage a lot lower. I bought my standard one at the start of 2015 from a dealer for £20k, on 24k miles.

treeroy

386 posts

19 months

Thursday 9th August
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i would buy for the same money a standard focus RS and it would have to be in green.

David87

4,977 posts

146 months

Thursday 9th August
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Needs more Mountune badges on the dash. rofl

M666 EVO

1,053 posts

96 months

Thursday 9th August
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That interior is absolutely horrid. Chavtastic and unattractive in equal measure. Yours.

Veeayt

2,692 posts

139 months

Thursday 9th August
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406 lb ft yikes

xjay1337

10,881 posts

52 months

Thursday 9th August
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Horrible cars.

Mike1990

576 posts

65 months

Thursday 9th August
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I'am lucky enough to have spent a fair bit of time in a friends mint MR375, both as a passenger and driving it. Special car.





That engine really does dominate the experience! The Handling, it's no Renaultsport Megane but the LSD does a remarkable job of transmitting that power and torque on the road. I'd still consider one over the newer generation of hot hatches.


Edited by Mike1990 on Thursday 9th August 10:30

treeroy

386 posts

19 months

Thursday 9th August
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Mike1990 said:
I'd still consider one over the newer generation of hot hatches.
yes completely. the mk2 is like a supercar to my eyes.

Crimson Dynamo

14 posts

111 months

Thursday 9th August
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Having bought a Focus RS new in 2009 I'd go for the Fiesta ST

If you like torque steer, an uncomfortable ride, below par interior and no cruise control then maybe the FRS2 is the go otherwise head down to the local Ford dealer and order a Fiesta ST

As it turned out I sold the Focus RS five years ago and bought a Phase 2 Clio V6 which is a much more interesting modern classic

Tuvra

7,658 posts

159 months

Thursday 9th August
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Crimson Dynamo said:
Having bought a Focus RS new in 2009 I'd go for the Fiesta ST

If you like torque steer, an uncomfortable ride, below par interior and no cruise control then maybe the FRS2 is the go otherwise head down to the local Ford dealer and order a Fiesta ST

As it turned out I sold the Focus RS five years ago and bought a Phase 2 Clio V6 which is a much more interesting modern classic

Guvernator

8,700 posts

99 months

Thursday 9th August
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Comparing new with used? Tut Tut. I thought that was a massive PH faux pas? I'm surprised the PH forum police aren't up in arms already. tongue out

WCZ

5,795 posts

128 months

Thursday 9th August
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David87 said:
Needs more Mountune badges on the dash. rofl
agreed.

love how aggressive they are, much nicer than the replacement.

just a shame they are fwd

acme

1,864 posts

132 months

Thursday 9th August
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Personally I love the look of these, and I suspect I'll get flamed for this, but I test drove a standard one a couple of years ago with the intention of getting one, not as a daily though, and was mildly disappointed, never thought about one again.

Shame, really thought its combination of looks, power & residuals was nigh on perfectfrown

rev-erend

19,875 posts

218 months

Thursday 9th August
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I still have fond memories of owning a 2009 Focus RS, epic sound track.

There was a mountune version parked next to me in the paddock at Goodwood on Saturday. It went very nicely indeed around the track.