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Carfection Review: The 2016 Ford Focus RS

Is the 2016 Ford Focus RS the best hot-hatch ever made?

That’s the question posed by Carfection, whose recent, in-depth video review of the new Focus RS was just published to YouTube. Presenter Alex Goy compares the latest RS-badged Ford passenger vehicle quite favorably to the Volkswagen Golf R and Audi RS3 – in terms of performance and driving pleasure, if not refinement.

Thanks to its 345 horsepower, 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder, the 2016 Ford Focus RS is “quicker than a Golf R, and well into RS3 territory, if not quite as fast.” The hot-hatch – or, as Alex repeatedly refers to it, “hyper” hatch – can achieve a 4.7-second 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62mph) time, and go on to a top speed of 165 miles-per-hour.

What’s more, the latest Ford Focus RS is comparatively cheap. According to Carfection, the example tested would cost a customer just £33,000 – or $47,000 US. In America, it’ll cost even less, starting at a mere $35,900. Yet despite this, the Focus RS buyer isn’t losing out on fun or satisfaction; Alex goes on to compare the new “hyper” hatch to the 2016 Ford Mustang, concluding that the former “is a far tauter car; [it’s] way more of a driver’s car.”

For the full review, be sure to watch the Carfection video above.

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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