are the tight rear leg room and the large 12m turning circle. As to consumption, it’s quoted at 7.7L/100km, but it was in the high teens in the hills and reading 42L/100km on track! Guess you don’t get something for nothing. The new RS isn’t as wild as the last one; while it’s not exactly subtle, neither is it OTT. The front and rear are RS specific but otherwise the rest is similar to the ST. The RS additions are designed to let as much cooling air in as possible and achieve ‘zero lift’ at speed. Want to be showy? Go for the Nitrous Blue. Otherwise, there are two shades of grey, a black and a white. Inside, there are part-leather Recaro seats, blue stitching, some novelty gauges and a few RS badges about. It’s otherwise a regular Focus with the same Sync2 infotainment system, reversing camera, smart key, conventional cruise control with speed limiter but no active safety bits. The price is reasonable, $69,880, and not bad given its £30k in the UK, which converts to $66,700. Optional is a $3000 performance wheel pack with ten-spoke forged alloys (950g lighter per wheel) and Sport Cup tyres.
What else could you buy? The Golf R springs to mind, but the STI is closer in concept and driver appeal. The RS however is good enough to be compared with the vastly more expensive RS 3 and A 45 and we reckon it has more driver appeal, more character. In fact it’s pretty much all the driver’s car you could ever want. Latest RS is tamer in a styling sense than the wide-bodied three-door that preceded it. Front and rear aeros are designed to reduce lift and send cooling air where it’s needed.