Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Darwin, Australia
My last car was the RS Mk2 (you didn't get it in the US).
The new RS cars are phenomenal. Totally different to the ST and worlds apart from the standard Focus.
On the new car you can lower the seats by adjusting the Recaro mount base holes front and back, which helps. I had to drill a couple of new lower holes in my last one, then I had all new custom rails made and installed race seats anyway.
A company called Revo Technic in the UK already so a tune that ups the car to about 370hp with no mods and is much smoother. I had my last one up to 420 with nil issues. As it's the same(ish) motor as the Ecoboost mustang, and there's already a company in the US with 900hp out of one, I'd be there will be plenty of options available. The only shortcoming for big power will be the transmission but a company called JW Racing in the UK is already selling uprated gear sets too.
So far, it's beaten all other hot hatches in comparison reviews, less those sponsored by VW. Even then, the bias is so evident it hurts.
With a mild tune, these cars will happily take out the AMG A Class hatch which is $100K plus.
I'm considering getting one but I can't help but think I'll get as carried away with it as I did with my last one, and my wife will kill me!