2017 Ford Focus RS Limited Edition first drive

2017 Ford Focus RS Limited Edition first driveAt the turn of the millennium, Colin McRae Rally featured in PlayStation collections as the WRC enjoyed the support of seven manufacturers. Locked in a bitter battle on the stages and showrooms, Subaru and Mitsubishi built increasingly wild and wonderful versions of the Subaru Impreza WRX and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.

Still, it’s the Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive System that stands out. Specifically it’s how the torque differential on the rear axle works, a complex and clever arrangement that can either lock up a 50/50 split between the wheels, or push up to 100-percent of the power to one side. The Focus RS isn’t shy in doing so, either, and the result is a uniquely distinctive driving style.

The softer suspension setting allowed the car to better transfer its weight to the corner that needed it most, rather than turning into a stiff sled that wanted to skate wide.

For those who prefer to be pampered, the $43,000 front-drive 2.0-litre turbo Focus ST is still a relative bargain. It matches the Golf GTI for pace and poise, even if it lacks some of the VW’s overall presentation and polish.

2017 Ford Focus RS Limited Edition first drive

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