With production of the new 2016 Ford Focus RS now officially underway, and the lauded hot-hatch slated for arrival on America’s shores this spring, it should be only a matter of time before we in the US have the chance to drive and evaluate the car for ourselves.
But those in the United Kingdom don’t have to wait, and a recent review from the UK’s Autocar gives us some idea of what to expect when the anticipated Ford Focus RS finally launches here.
Autocar had very little but praise to heap upon the new 2016 Ford Focus RS, which will be the first of the performance, RS-badged car’s three generations to be sold in the United States. The British publication found the dual-rate dampers to be a bit harsh for regular street driving – even in their softer “Normal” ride mode – and the publication didn’t feel that the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine‘s exhaust note was quite as characterful as that of the five-cylinder Audi RS3. Moreover, the Focus RS has a comparatively high spring rate, with very little vertical body movement, writes Autocar, causing the car to “bob” a bit over coarse road surfaces.
Apart from those few hangups, Autocar‘s review of the 2016 Ford Focus RS was utterly glowing, praising the “real-world usability [and] real-road, any-condition pace, supreme driver involvement and… incredible bang for your buck” that the hot-hatch offers. “It’s a perfect fit for those who want the last word in huge pace, all-weather usability and driver thrill from their fast five-door – and who’ll tolerate a firm but not uncomfortable ride into the bargain,” wrote Deputy Road Test Editor Matt Saunders.
We look forward to tossing our own opinions into the mix, as homogenous as we anticipate they’ll be.