While the hot hatch of the moment, we always imagined the Ford Focus RS to be better suited to the rally world environment as demonstrated when taking up the challenge against a Subaru rally car.
As it turns out, the Ford Focus RS is quite adept at facing the iconic Nürburgring, as demonstrated by Sport Auto tester Christian Gebhardt, who was on point for the magazine to put the all-wheel drive wonder machine through its paces. The test driver actually managed to bring about the turbocharged, all-wheel-drive Focus RS around the ‘Ring in 8 minutes and 6 seconds, a time that sets the hot hatch between the BMW M2 and Honda Civic Type R. The German publication Sport Auto has been doing its own tests on the famed track for years, so they’re not in the same league as the ones from the factory. For example, the lap time with the Civic Type R, for instance, was of 8:15 (against an official 7:58 ‘Ring time) and with the M2 it was of 8:01 against BMW’s 7:50 claim.
But based on the Sport Auto time, the Focus RS is already impressive – better than models such as the KTM X-Bow, Porsche Cayman R, Honda NSX-R, and Lamborghini Diablo SV around the Nürburgring. This is of course thanks to the 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-four packing 350 horsepower (261 kilowatts) and 350 pound-feet of torque (474 Newton-meters), six-speed manual transmission and standard all-wheel drive, complete with clutched, torque-vectoring rear differential.
Via sport auto