Ford Focus RS VS Ford Focus RS RX

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When it comes to putting a rally-bred performance into a production car, Ford succeeds every time and with the new Ford Focus RS, they have done so again. With the launch of the New Focus RS, there has considerable hype from both customers and critics about it and it is obvious to see why. This is the hot hatchback for anyone looking for car leasing for personal use rather than business use because of the speed, the looks and just generally how fun it is to drive.

However, what does the rally version of the RS look like and how does it compared to its production car sibling?

RS VS RX Engine

The Ford Focus RS engine is a turbocharged 2.3-litre four-cylinder engine that produces 350 bhp. From that power, the RS can sprint from 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds, which is extremely impressive for a road-production Ford and it has a top speed of 165 mph. Not a bad hot hatchback for the road really and the Ford Focus RS is known to be an excellent drive and even more fun when you put it in drift mode.

When it comes to the ferocious RS RX, the engine is actually a smaller turbocharged 2.0-litre inline four-cylinder engine. However, this one does produce 600bhp rather than 350bhp like the normal RS.  When it comes to performance, the RS RX hits a top speed of around 200 mph and can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 2 seconds. The Focus RS RX is definitely one to watch out for on the Rallycross circuit.

Exterior

When it comes to the Focus RS RX, being a purposely Rallycross car, it has to follow certain regulations. RX comes with the basic RS body which is seam welded and reinforced because of the bashes and bumps the car has to go through. It comes with an M-Sport designed, homologated roll cage to ensure it should never roll when racing and bespoke underbody protection.

When it comes to the production Focus RS, there is a new body kit for the Focus to ensure it stands out from all the rest. The comprehensive aero kit comes with a deep front bumper, rear diffuser and boot-lid-mounted spoilers which aids in stability. The gaping grille at the front not only improves the ferocious look of the RS but also helps with cooling.

Interior

When it comes to the interior, the Ford Focus RS has a simple and easy to use layout and quality construction. You can get additional sports Recaro bucket seats that add support and firmness to the ride. There is plenty of space all round for passengers and the driver in front and back making it still a brilliant every day car with additional rally-bred sportiness. Because the RS has a four-wheel drive system, the boot space only has a capacity of 260-litres.

Now when it comes to the Focus RS RX, you can imagine a more stripped out vehicle to ensure it meets all the FIA regulations and is as light as possible. It will have Recaro Pro-Racer Ultima driver’s seat and a five-point racing harness to ensure the driver is safe and stable, whilst racing. Again because this is a racing machine it will also have engine management and data logging equipment on-board. Finally, the RS RX has a M-Sport multi-function bespoke steering wheel.

When it comes to sport hot hatchbacks, the easiest and usually cheapest ways to afford such a car like the Ford Focus RS is through personal car leasing. If you are interested in the Focus RS, you will experience a fast, fun drive, whilst enjoying relative comfort inside the cabin.


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