The Ford Focus RS is the latest superhatch to join the likes of the Audi RS3, the Mercedes A45 AMG and the BMW M135i. This 345hp speed demon will hit 62mph from rest in just 4.7 seconds and top out at 165mph, making it one of the fastest practical cars you’ll be able to buy in 2016.
To put it’s impressive pace into context, we’ve put together a list of established high performance cars that would be humbled by the mighty Focus. We live in a world where the finest Italian exotica of just a few years ago would today be thrashed by a family hatchback – what a time to be alive!
Porsche Cayman GTS
Many petrolheads dream of driving a sports car carrying the iconic Porsche logo but, if they ditch the badge, they could have a faster car for significantly less money. The 3.4-litre flat-six petrol in the Cayman GTS shoots it to 62mph from a standstill in 4.8 seconds, 0.1 slower then the Focus.
Aston Martin Rapide
Under the Aston Martin Rapide’s long, swooping bonnet lies a giant 6.0-litre V12 that, even with 550hp, cannot match the speedy Focus. The Ford might not be able to compete with the Rapide in the desirability stakes, but it’ll ease away from the Aston on a twisty country road.
1974-1990 Lamborghini Countach
The star of many a teenager’s bedroom wall, the Lamborghini Countach defined both Lamborghini’s obsession with everything wedge-shaped and the overall look of supercars for years to come. Despite its vast V12 engine, the Countach would be left floundering by the flying Ford.
Bentley Continental GT V8
It’s unfair to dismiss the big Bentley as a footballer’s car – even though the Continental GT’s ownership demographic might somewhat support that image. While those sports stars might revel in the Bentley’s lavish luxury, they’ll be eating the Ford’s dust at the traffic light grand prix because it simply can’t match the Focus’ tower of power.
1989-1995 Ferrari Testarossa
The Testarossa is a traditional Ferrari Berlinetta – it’s low, wide, fast and very red. It might have some of the most desirable credentials in the performance car world, but the potent Focus will still run rings around it. Equally, the time you lose posing in a Ferrari could be spent flinging the Focus around your favourite B-road. We imagine the Focus’s running costs will be a drop in the ocean compared to the Testarossa’s too…
2005-2010 BMW M5 V10
Every version of BMW’s loopy M5 super saloon has received praise in its own right, but the previous-generation V10 model is one of the most fondly remembered of them all. Its screaming ten-cylinder petrol engine felt like a thinly disguised racing unit but, despite all its noise and drama, the little Ford hatch is still faster.
Jaguar F-Type V6
The Jaguar F-Type is another car that just about edges the Ford for desirability but, put them side-by-side on a race track, and the hot hatch will take the spoils. Jaguar offers the F-Type with more power but, in the real world, the four-wheel drive Focus will grip and go while the Jaguar sits and makes regal plumes of tyre smoke.
That’s one fast Ford!
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