Ford Focus RS Mountune Review

Ford Focus RS Mountune Review


Ford Focus RS Mountune Review
Ford Focus RS Mountune Review

Ford Focus RS Mountune Review - A hot seal with the visual clout of a Lamborghini: if the mk1 Focus RS had been genuinely unobtrusive by quick Ford gauges, its successor, propelled to a slack-jawed world in January 2009, was a hard and fast ambush on the eyeballs. The flood started with a little grounds of dark lattice grilles, proceeded through pumped-up bodywork peppered with conduits and vents, and finished with a monster venturi and high-mounted spoiler. For sheer show, nothing else approached – or has done since. 

Passage tightened up the impact by offering the Ford RS in only three colors – Ultimate Green, Frozen White and Performance Blue (of which the generally unobtrusive blue is, maybe tellingly, the rarest). So maybe the first thing to think about the mk2 Focus RS is that this is not an auto for contracting violets, nor the individuals who like to make advance attentively. 

At the same time make advance you most certainly will. The Ford Focus RS moved down its visual guarantee with an intensely revised rendition of the Focus ST's turbocharged 2.5-liter in-line five – greater turbo, new intercooler, produced wrench, silicon-aluminum cylinders and graphite-covered bores. The changes helped produce a pleasant cycle 300bhp at 6500rpm (78bhp up on the ST) and a torque level of 324lb ft that extended the distance from 2300 to 4500rpm. 

That parcel could have been a wild modest bunch had the frame not been altogether generally sorted. The Focus RS might not have had the four-wheel drive that numerous had trusted for, however a mix of Ford's trap Revoknuckle front suspension, a Quaife constrained slip diff and overall judged ESP made an extraordinary showing of putting the shut down and dealing with the torque-cow while as of now giving a lot of inclusion. The RS hit 60mph in less than 6sec and topped 160mph, all joined by an unique five-barrel chatter, a lot of turbo gab and even the infrequent pop and blast from the depletes. What's more when you weren't on a charge, the RS was a socialized and reasonable hatchback fit for giving back 25-30mpg. No big surprise it sold well.

Ford Focus RS Mountune
Ford Focus RS Mountune

Around 11,500 were implicit a creation run that kept going somewhat in excess of three years. Of those, 4000 discovered homes in the UK, so its not precisely uncommon. However costs have held up strikingly well, with just high-mileage cases dropping much beneath £20k hitherto (see 'What To Pay'). 

Spec-wise, Ford offered two choice packs. Extravagance Pack 1 offered double zone atmosphere control, programmed headlights and wipers, back stopping sensors, tire weight checking, keyless go, DAB radio and a Sony six-circle CD player. Extravagance Pack 2 went ahead top, supplanting the hello there fi with a Ford framework including a back perspective cam and touch-screen satnav. Air-con was standard on all renditions. 

At the point when running one as an issue termer, our most concerning issue was the motor's refusal to maintain good manners on light throttle openings. We've identified with a few holders about this and most are in understanding: the motor surges, making the RS hard to drive easily. Dragging hard through the mid-range the motor was explosive, and secured by those magnificent Recaros, with a summoning perspective of the street ahead (the seats were mounted excessively high), there was little that could touch the RS's pace along a testing street. Driving it you had a feeling of its scarcely contained vitality, its direness and unstable conveyance.

The normal mk2 Ford RS Review remained basically unaltered all through its generation run, yet the reminiscently named Rs500 increase the execution – and attractive quality – to another level upon its dispatch in April 2010. Restricted to 500 units (only 101 of which were designated to the UK), the Rs500 sold out inside a week in spite of its £35,750 rundown value (a £8k premium over the RS) and remains exceedingly prized today. Every one of them 500 were done in a matt dark wrap with dark amalgams and red brake calipers, while the inside offered additional cuts of carbon trim and a numbered plaque on the focal point support. 

Ford Focus RS Mountune Review

Under the cap, there was a bigger intercooler and airbox, a bigger measurement deplete downpipe, an uprated fuel pump and recalibrated programming – the net result being 345bhp at 6000rpm (up 45bhp on the standard auto) and 339lb ft from 2500 to 4500rpm. We additionally recorded a 0-60mph time of 5.6sec (three-tenths speedier than the general RS). 

Ford Focus RS
Ford Focus RS

Close by the Rs500 dispatch, Ford Focus proclaimed an execution update alternative for the customary RS. The Mp350, created by Team RS and Mountune Performance, was fundamentally the Rs500 mechanical overhaul for £1995 (in addition to fitting). It was accessible through a system of sanction merchants, and vitally kept the industrial facility guarantee in place. Obviously, for some that would never be sufficient, and a few autonomous tuners – Graham Goode, JW Racing, Revo and others – were soon offering all way of overhauls, from remaps to far reaching mechanical bundles, with 400bhp (or more) accessible if the manager's pockets were profound enough. Mountune itself got in on the demonstration with its Mr375 overhaul, in spite of the fact that this one wasn't industrial facility upheld. Conveniently, the Ford/Volvo protuberance appears to be impeccably glad producing 400bhp or more. 

In the event that the costs here all look a bit steep to you, rewinding again to a 2002 quick Ford could be the answer. If its all the same to you've got solid lower arms and a battle, the Mk1 Focus RS is your ideal hot seal. Uncommon, extreme looking and setting a stress on spryness over crude force, on the off chance that you can discover a loved illustration, you can't happen. Would appear to be a deal right now, as well, with prices beginning at £6000.