Catchy and aggressive, fast and also damn fun to drive: here we are on Vallelunga circuit to drive the new Ford Focus RS, “angry” version of the Blue Oval compact car, developed with the collaboration of the “king of drifting” Ken Block. Equipped with all-wheel drive with dynamic torque distribution, the thirtieth car of the American manufacturer to bring the RS prestigious initials is also the first to be equipped with different driving modes, whose include also the one designed for use in track and an other dedicated specifically to drifting.
But first things first: definitely improved from aerodynamic point of view, the new Focus RS is not a car that goes unnoticed, with large air intakes, a front of great character and a dramatic rear spoiler. The interior, however, is not as extreme, and gives a good ride comfort, a discreet space available materials and fine workmanship.
But it’s under the hood that our attention focuses: the US supercar is in fact driven by the aluminum engine 2.3 EcoBoost with 350 HP and 440 Nm of torque, able to push it to the top speed of 266 Km/h and to accelerate from 0 to 100 Km/h in 4.7 seconds; all this despite the weight of about 1.5 tons and a manual six-speed gearbox with a “long” run (and definitely not very sporting) lever. When we put in motion, however, these small defects disappear and we find ourselves to lead an extremely versatile vehicle: depending on the selected driving modes (Normal, Sport, Race and Drift Mode), in fact, the Focus RS can behave like a quiet family car or a racing sports, or even as a means by which to perform anthology driftings, although of course only on the track! The fun, in short, is assured, while prices start at 39,500 euros.