Motor (Australia) : 2020-07-02

COMPARISON | FORD FOCUS ST V RENAULT MEGANE RS300 TROPHY : 46 : 46

COMPARISON | FORD FOCUS ST V RENAULT MEGANE RS300 TROPHY

11113 11123 46 w2h0i1c7hm ca co ma .a ort.o r gu .c /ommo.taour d e ce ju ly 2m0b2e0r FORD FOCUS ST BODY 5-door, 5-seat hatch DRIVE front-wheel ENGINE 2261cc inline-4, DOHC, 16v, turbo BORE/STROKE 87.6 x 94.0mm COMPRESSIO­N 10.0:1 POWER 206kW @ 5500rpm TORQUE 420Nm @ 3000-4000pm WEIGHT 1562kg TRANSMISSI­ON 7-speed automatic KW-PER-TONNE 144kW/tonne SUSPENSION struts, coil springs, adaptive dampers, anti-roll bar (f); multi-links, coil springs; adaptive dampers, anti-roll bar (r) L/W/H 4388/1825/1458mm WHEELBASE 2700mm TRACKS 1567/1556mm (f/r) STEERING electrical­ly assisted rack-and-pinion BRAKES 330mm ventilated drilled discs, 2-piston sliding calipers (f); 302mm solid discs, single-piston calipers (r) WHEELS 19 x 8.0-inch (f/r) TYRES 235/35 ZR19 (f/r); Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S PRICE AS-TESTED $45,340 PROS Sweet handing; decent ride; obedient auto (not a cost option); clever LSD CONS Slower downshifts; no mode customisat­ion; traces of torque steer STAR RATING 5-door, 5-seat hatch front-wheel 1798cc inline-4, DOHC, 16v, turbo 79.7 x 90.1mm 9.9:1 221kW @ 6000rpm 420Nm @ 2400rpm 1450kg 6-speed dual-clutch 152kW/tonne struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar (f); torsion beam, coil springs, rear-wheel steer (r) 4364/1875/1428mm 2669mm 1599/1593mm (f/r) electrical­ly assisted rack-and-pinion 355mm ventilated discs, 4-piston calipers (f); 290mm solid discs, single-piston calipers (r) 19.0 x 9.0-inch (f/r) 245/35 R19 (f/r); Bridgeston­e S001 RENAULT MEGANE RS300 $56,990 Huge grip; strong powertrain; musical twin-clutch shifts; appealing styling Big price tag; poor ride comfort; weird rear-steer feel

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