Road Tests Real world tests of Focus ST vs RS

0-60mph

Focus ST
6.5 s
Focus RS
5.7 s

Top speed

Focus ST
149 mph
Focus RS
163 mph

0-100mph

Focus ST
15.7 s
Focus RS
13 s

Top Gear track time

Focus ST
1:33.50
Focus RS
1:32.20

1/4 mile

Focus ST
15 s
Focus RS
14.2 s

Nurburgring time

Focus ST
8:35.0
Focus RS
8:26.0

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Ford Focus ST

Reasons to consider the
Ford Focus ST

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Slightly lighter curb weight 3,062 lb vs 3,227 lb More than 5% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Side view of Ford Focus RS

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Ford Focus RS

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Faster to 60mph 5.7 s vs 6.5 s More than 10% faster to 60mph
Faster in the quarter mile 14.2 s vs 15 s More than 5% faster at the drag strip
Faster top speed 163 mph vs 149 mph 14 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
More torque 326 ft-lb @ 2,250 RPM vs 237 ft-lb @ 1,600 RPM Around 40% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
More powerful engine 301 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 222 HP @ 6,100 RPM More than 35% stronger engine
Faster to 200kph 21.1 s vs 27.6 s Around 25% faster to 200kph
Slightly great lap time on the 20.6km Nurburgring 8:26.0 vs 8:35.0 Almost the same

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Focus ST  vs
RS 
Brand Ford Ford
Year 2005 2009
Highway mileage 30 MPG 30 MPG

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 13.79 lb/hp 10.72 lb/hp
Maximum hp 222 HP @ 6,100 RPM 301 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Maximum torque 237 ft-lb @ 1,600 RPM 326 ft-lb @ 2,250 RPM
Engine placement Front Front
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 2,500 cc 2,500 cc
Air compressor Turbocharger Turbocharger
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 9:1 9:1
Bore/stroke 3.27 in / 3.66 in 3.3 in / 3.7 in

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,062 lb 3,227 lb
Width 78.4 in 72.5 in
Height 57 in 58.4 in
Length 171.7 in 173.3 in
Wheelbase 103 in 103.9 in

road tests

Focus ST  vs
RS 
Top speed 149 mph 163 mph
1/4 mile 15 s 14.2 s
0-60mph 6.5 s 5.7 s
0-100mph 15.7 s 13 s
0-200kph 27.6 s 21.1 s
Top gear time 1:33.50 1:32.20
20.6km nurburgring time 8:35.0 8:26.0
Hockenheim short lap time 1:20.10 1:16.60

transmission

Drivetrain 2WD FWD w/Quaife LSD
Shift system Manual Manual
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 6

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc
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