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    Prices announced for 2009 Ford Focus RS

    BRENTWOOD, Essex, 15 December, 2008 Ford’s fastest-ever European production car, the 2009 Focus RS, will be priced from £24,995 when it goes on sale in the UK in March.

    The new Focus RS is the first Ford to wear the famous Rallye Sport badge since the first-generation Focus RS was launched seven years ago, and the 22nd since 1970.

    RS denotes a distinctive blend of high performance, road-holding, refinement, safety and value for money, and reflects a proud tradition of successful motor sports involvement that continues to the present day.

    Under the bonnet of the Ford Focus RS is a turbocharged 2.5-litre, five-cylinder Duratec petrol engine, with a confirmed 305PS and 440Nm peak torque. Features include unique camshafts and a revised cylinder head and gasket, intake and manifold system.

    Front-wheel-driven through a six-speed transmission, the Focus RS accelerates from 0-62mph in under six seconds and has a targeted top speed of over 160mph.

    A class-leading balance of traction, sports handling and performance is achieved through the combination of a Quaife Automatic Torque Biasing limited-slip differential and innovative RevoKnuckle front-suspension system.

    These features are complemented by a wider track, enhanced drive-shafts and rear anti-roll bar, revised springs and dampers and retuned steering, while a specially developed version of Ford’s Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) with Traction Assist (TA) provides added assurance.

    Uprated disc brakes – 336mm ventilated front and 300mm rear – combine with an anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) to supply a reassuringly high degree of stopping power.

    Taking its place as the top-of-the-range Focus, the RS will be immediately distinguishable on the road, with its unique bonnet, front bumper and side skirts. Also unique to the model are its 19-inch alloy wheels, shod with 235/35 tyres.

    The rear twin-bladed spoiler - the continuation of an RS tradition – and the power/heated door mirrors are also distinctive, with their high-gloss black finish.

    Xenon headlights with automatic levelling and jet-wash are provided, with LED lights at the rear. Dual chrome tailpipes add a further sporting dash.

    A Quickclear heated windscreen is fitted, and privacy glass for the rear. A Ford Easy Fill fuelling system removes any risk of costly mis-fuelling errors at the pump.

    The driver and front passenger benefit from unique Recaro sports seats, with side bolsters trimmed to match the colour of the car – green for Ultimate Green models, blue for those finished in Performance Blue or Frozen White. Rear passengers are comfortably accommodated in a sculpted Recaro-style seat.

    A manual air-conditioning system is provided, and in-car entertainment in the form of a Sony radio and six-disc CD player with DAB. A Ford Power button allows for keyless engine ignition, and a Thatcham Category 1 alarm is standard.

    A £750 Luxury Pack includes the options of Dual-Zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control (DEATC) air-conditioning; automatic headlights; rain-sensor wipers; auto-dim rear-view mirror; rear parking-distance sensors; tyre deflation-detection; and a Ford Key-Free system. The £1,500 version of the Luxury Pack adds in a Touchscreen DVD Navigation System, with seven-inch touch-screen.

    Other optional extras include partially leather-trimmed seats at £500 and, for £200, Bluetooth® hands-free phone connectivity and USB port. Specifying a metallic version of the Performance Blue paintwork costs £395, while a Tri-Coat Metallic Ultimate Green finish carries a £695 price tag.

    The standard price of the flagship Focus RS compares with £20,408 for the ST3, the existing top-of-the-range Focus.



    Have to say, I want one... ..
    http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/autoexpressnews/232554/focus-rs-unleashed.html

    But I have always been a massive fan of the RS brand since I was a kid..

  • #2
    Wouldn't mind one myself. But I can't help but think at 25k it's Evo X money.
    I see dumb people.......
    .....they're everywhere
    .....they walk around like everyone else
    .....they don't even know they're dumb

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    • #3
      Not my cuppa tea, but am sure it goes well. Maybe the special LSD will help it off the line.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by unikarl
        305 ps and front wheel drive.....Im sure its a great car but its just going to sit at the lights in a cloud of smoke trying to get going. Should have been 4 wheel drive.
        They developed a new type of suspension, the "Revo-knucle" which they claim to allow the front wheels to both steer and get the power down.....May be interesting to see if this actually works

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        • #5
          Originally posted by 270 Horses, 1 Jockey! View Post
          Prices announced for 2009 Ford Focus RS

          BRENTWOOD, Essex, 15 December, 2008 Ford’s fastest-ever European production car, the 2009 Focus RS, will be priced from £24,995 when it goes on sale in the UK in March.
          Hmmm, not bad but the VXR-R has 30bhp more and higher spec for only £1k more.

          The new Focus RS is the first Ford to wear the famous Rallye Sport badge since the first-generation Focus RS was launched seven years ago, and the 22nd since 1970.
          OOoh, we do love a bit of history

          RS denotes a distinctive blend of high performance, road-holding, refinement, safety and value for money, and reflects a proud tradition of successful motor sports involvement that continues to the present day.
          Fair enough (no mention of corporate debt or the cr*ppy pickup trucks the Americans try to sell though)

          Under the bonnet of the Ford Focus RS is a turbocharged 2.5-litre, five-cylinder Duratec petrol engine, with a confirmed 305PS and 440Nm peak torque. Features include unique camshafts and a revised cylinder head and gasket, intake and manifold system.
          So nothing really new then?

          Front-wheel-driven through a six-speed transmission, the Focus RS accelerates from 0-62mph in under six seconds and has a targeted top speed of over 160mph.
          So they've not actually tried the top speed run then?

          A class-leading balance of traction, sports handling and performance is achieved through the combination of a Quaife Automatic Torque Biasing limited-slip differential and innovative RevoKnuckle front-suspension system.
          Yep, got them (without the fancy names though I grant you)

          These features are complemented by a wider track, enhanced drive-shafts and rear anti-roll bar, revised springs and dampers and retuned steering, while a specially developed version of Ford’s Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) with Traction Assist (TA) provides added assurance.
          Oh gawd, not another electronic damper system. How about a nice set of race developed suspension instead, proper stuff.

          Uprated disc brakes – 336mm ventilated front and 300mm rear – combine with an anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) to supply a reassuringly high degree of stopping power.
          Same calipers? Well whats the point? How about a ncie set of 4 pot race calipers with floating disks and uprated pads?

          Taking its place as the top-of-the-range Focus, the RS will be immediately distinguishable on the road, with its unique bonnet, front bumper and side skirts. Also unique to the model are its 19-inch alloy wheels, shod with 235/35 tyres.
          And yet put it on track everyone will want smaller wheels because they are lighter and handle better.

          The rear twin-bladed spoiler - the continuation of an RS tradition – and the power/heated door mirrors are also distinctive, with their high-gloss black finish.
          Aero effect?

          Xenon headlights with automatic levelling and jet-wash are provided, with LED lights at the rear. Dual chrome tailpipes add a further sporting dash.
          Oooh, chrome tailpipes, no race developed 3" bore race exhaust no?

          A Quickclear heated windscreen is fitted, and privacy glass for the rear. A Ford Easy Fill fuelling system removes any risk of costly mis-fuelling errors at the pump.
          Dpesn't say much for propsective Ford owners that they need reminding its not a diesel?

          The driver and front passenger benefit from unique Recaro sports seats, with side bolsters trimmed to match the colour of the car – green for Ultimate Green models, blue for those finished in Performance Blue or Frozen White. Rear passengers are comfortably accommodated in a sculpted Recaro-style seat.
          Yeah, can't beat Recaro, but the colours? Can't go wrong with black.

          A manual air-conditioning system is provided, and in-car entertainment in the form of a Sony radio and six-disc CD player with DAB. A Ford Power button allows for keyless engine ignition, and a Thatcham Category 1 alarm is standard.
          Oh gawd, not keyless entry, no wonder it needs a Thatcham Cat 1.

          A £750 Luxury Pack includes the options of Dual-Zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control (DEATC) air-conditioning; automatic headlights; rain-sensor wipers; auto-dim rear-view mirror; rear parking-distance sensors; tyre deflation-detection; and a Ford Key-Free system. The £1,500 version of the Luxury Pack adds in a Touchscreen DVD Navigation System, with seven-inch touch-screen



          Other optional extras include partially leather-trimmed seats at £500 and, for £200, Bluetooth® hands-free phone connectivity and USB port. Specifying a metallic version of the Performance Blue paintwork costs £395, while a Tri-Coat Metallic Ultimate Green finish carries a £695 price tag.

          The standard price of the flagship Focus RS compares with £20,408 for the ST3, the existing top-of-the-range Focus.
          So fully specced its nearly £30k!


          Give me one of these I reckon:



          All the above is tongue in cheek of course, dont take it too seriously.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Drunken Master View Post
            Wouldn't mind one myself. But I can't help but think at 25k it's Evo X money.
            Would much rather have the RS than a base spec Evo X. Plus it would easily have the legs on the Evo too. Only thing it lacks is the 4WD. But as Birchy says, be interesting to see how well it does cope..

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Thorney View Post
              Hmmm, not bad but the VXR-R has 30bhp more and higher spec for only £1k more.



              OOoh, we do love a bit of history



              Fair enough (no mention of corporate debt or the cr*ppy pickup trucks the Americans try to sell though)



              So nothing really new then?



              So they've not actually tried the top speed run then?



              Yep, got them (without the fancy names though I grant you)



              Oh gawd, not another electronic damper system. How about a nice set of race developed suspension instead, proper stuff.



              Same calipers? Well whats the point? How about a ncie set of 4 pot race calipers with floating disks and uprated pads?



              And yet put it on track everyone will want smaller wheels because they are lighter and handle better.



              Aero effect?



              Oooh, chrome tailpipes, no race developed 3" bore race exhaust no?



              Dpesn't say much for propsective Ford owners that they need reminding its not a diesel?



              Yeah, can't beat Recaro, but the colours? Can't go wrong with black.



              Oh gawd, not keyless entry, no wonder it needs a Thatcham Cat 1.



              So fully specced its nearly £30k!


              Give me one of these I reckon:



              All the above is tongue in cheek of course, dont take it too seriously.
              I didn't realise the VXR-R was 330bhp???

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              • #8
                Originally posted by 270 Horses, 1 Jockey! View Post
                Would much rather have the RS than a base spec Evo X. Plus it would easily have the legs on the Evo too. Only thing it lacks is the 4WD. But as Birchy says, be interesting to see how well it does cope..
                Thing is though the evo is good for a cheap 400bhp. I can't imagine the focus being the same. And I can't see the RS following an Evo down a B road.
                I see dumb people.......
                .....they're everywhere
                .....they walk around like everyone else
                .....they don't even know they're dumb

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Drunken Master View Post
                  Thing is though the evo is good for a cheap 400bhp. I can't imagine the focus being the same. And I can't see the RS following an Evo down a B road.
                  A bumpy B road I think it will struggle, yeah. But on a track or a decent smooth twistie road, I bet it would more than hold it's own.
                  As for mods, it'll be interesting to see what they make with software and exhaust etc. But I bet 360bhp would be fairly easy to achieve..

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                  • #10
                    So it's out in march and they still can't tel us the official 0-60 or top speed.

                    And when you think about it if you buy a standard Focus ST or Astra VXR throw 3-4k at it and you have a car that is just as good at handling, slighlty faster and is a good bit cheaper.

                    Loved RS fords for years but I'm not seeing the point.

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                    • #11
                      £20,408 ??? when i calculate this with today exchange rate, (GBP:SKK) it is chaper than me Corsa
                      MB E63s AMG
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by brano_co View Post
                        £20,408 ??? when i calculate this with today exchange rate, (GBP:SKK) it is chaper than me Corsa
                        You're starting to talk like a real englishman now lol. Just add 'like' onto the end of the sentance and you're sorted.

                        "it's chaper than me Corsa like"... actually, pronounce it leek.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by JB_VXR View Post
                          You're starting to talk like a real englishman now lol. Just add 'like' onto the end of the sentance and you're sorted.

                          "it's chaper than me Corsa like"... actually, pronounce it leek.
                          LOL, thx
                          MB E63s AMG
                          MB C63 AMG & Performance Package
                          Megane R.S. 250 CUP - Gone, But Not Forgotten
                          Opel Corsa OPC / VXR - Gone, But Not Forgotten

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                          • #14
                            sounds like a great car to me, will knock spots off the Astra VXR for sure, and when the tuners get their hands on it it will get even faster. If I didn't get such huge discounts with VX I would buy a RS for sure, they have such good looks and great performance. My first car was a MKII Escort with tone of RS stuff fitted, 135bhp from my 1.76L engine and I still miss it 20 years on, someone stole it and it was not seen by me again. Anyway, it is ina different league to anything VX are chucking out the door. Just remember all this is standard and is warranteed at any Ford dealer in Europe, no messing about with one or multiple tuners and the VX garage argueing when something breaks
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Thorney View Post
                              Hmmm, not bad but the VXR-R has 30bhp more and higher spec for only £1k more.



                              OOoh, we do love a bit of history



                              Fair enough (no mention of corporate debt or the cr*ppy pickup trucks the Americans try to sell though)



                              So nothing really new then?



                              So they've not actually tried the top speed run then?



                              Yep, got them (without the fancy names though I grant you)



                              Oh gawd, not another electronic damper system. How about a nice set of race developed suspension instead, proper stuff.



                              Same calipers? Well whats the point? How about a ncie set of 4 pot race calipers with floating disks and uprated pads?



                              And yet put it on track everyone will want smaller wheels because they are lighter and handle better.



                              Aero effect?



                              Oooh, chrome tailpipes, no race developed 3" bore race exhaust no?



                              Dpesn't say much for propsective Ford owners that they need reminding its not a diesel?



                              Yeah, can't beat Recaro, but the colours? Can't go wrong with black.



                              Oh gawd, not keyless entry, no wonder it needs a Thatcham Cat 1.



                              So fully specced its nearly £30k!


                              Give me one of these I reckon:



                              All the above is tongue in cheek of course, dont take it too seriously.
                              Just an observation, but I have noticed that you seem to use negative advertising quite regularly to promote your own products.

                              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negative_campaigning

                              Posts I have read from yourself, Insignia and the rest of the TMS crew all seem to go the same way.

                              It is a shame that you appear to have to resort to this type of tactic because it is more than likely the case that a car like the VXR-R will sell itself for those who want a VXR with everything on it .

                              I for one think the Focus RS is going to be a belter of a car, and look forward to seeing and driving one next year

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