FORD FOCUS RS
The Ford Focus RS is now available in Australia. While that is good news, the bad news is that reports in the past year have suggested that the current-generation Focus RS will be the last.
Although Ford has recently revealed a preview of its upcoming 2011 Ford Focus ST - the RS's less-powerful sibling - this may be the first and last opportunity for Australian buyers to get their hands on one of Ford of Europe's most exciting models.
With only 315 units available in the Australian market, its 'future legend' status is all but assured - although its $59,990 price tag (Manufacturer's List Price) may deter all but the most serious of collectors and the most loyal of Ford fans.
The second-generation Ford Focus RS is available in just one specification level, along with three exterior colours: Ultimate Green, the signature colour of the latest Focus RS; Performance Blue, the colour of the original Focus RS; and Frozen White, a classic RS colour.
With 224kW and 440Nm generated by Ford's 2.5 litre Duratec five-cylinder turbocharged engine, the Focus RS dispatches the 0-100km/h sprint in 5.9 seconds.
Suspension and handling is managed by Ford's innovative RevoKnuckle front-suspension system and Quaife Automatic Torque Biasing limited-slip differential. Braking is covered by 336mm ventilated front and 300mm rear brakes.
The Ford Focus RS is priced at $59,990 (Manufacturer's List Price.)