Ford Focus RS 

  • built in Germany
  • 2009
  • 301 HP 2.5L
  • 163 mph
The result is great traction along with precise, predictable handling, excellent body control, and a ride that is firm but entirely reasonable for a car of this potential.
by Car and Driver (Jul, 2009)
The RS’s lurid colors and shiny black add-on spoilers, scoops, and grilles are not universally admired.
by Car and Driver (Jul, 2009)

Road Tests Real world tests of the Ford Focus RS


Focus RS
5.7 s
Nissan GT-R
2.7 s

Top speed

Focus RS
163 mph
Nissan GT-R
195 mph
Challenger R/T
140 mph


Focus RS
13 s
Nissan GT-R
6.8 s
Subaru BRZ
16.2 s

Top Gear track time

Focus RS
Nissan GT-R
Focus ST

1/4 mile

Focus RS
14.2 s
Cooper S S
17.79 s
Nissan GT-R
10.8 s

Nurburgring time

Focus RS
Nissan GT-R
Focus ST

Data points Key details of the Ford Focus RS


Focus RS
301 HP
Nissan GT-R
542 HP
Cooper S S
181 HP


Focus RS
326 ft-lb
Subaru BRZ
152 ft-lb
Cooper S S
177 ft-lb

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the car

In The News From around the web


Ford Focus RS
Torque steer occurs during hard acceleration, cornering or driving on uneven surfaces, when torque on the driven wheels exceeds grips levels.
“The result is a lightweight set-up, that will deliver the right blend of traction and razor sharp controllability – in a way no one would have expected from front-wheel-drive, and we believe we have made the right choice,” Capito concluded.

2009 Ford Focus RS

Car & Driver News
Early rumors about the car led us to believe that the RS would receive all-wheel drive in order to tame the upgraded engine’s increased power and torque (325 lb-ft).
Braking performance of 114 feet from 62 mph is also quoted.

2009 Ford Focus RS - Top Speed
In the real world, torque steer is most often experienced when hard acceleration, cornering or uneven surfaces are combined and its effects are apparent to the driver as a sudden or momentary disturbance on the steering wheel.
Focus RS is also the only front-wheel-drive, 300+ PS high-performance car available today, an indication of the challenge of creating such a vehicle and the achievements of Ford Team RS in doing so.

2009 Ford Focus RS - Top Speed
The all-new Focus RS will embrace and celebrate both of these – it will be a genuine RS and a genuine Focus and I’m confident it won’t disappoint in either area.
Such significant increases are not simply the result of altering engine management or boost pressure: starting with the Duratec 2.5-litre block, Ford RS engineers developed unique camshafts, a revised cylinder head and gasket and revised intake and manifold system for the car.

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Ford
Type of car Production car
Year 2009
City mileage 18 MPG
Highway mileage 30 MPG


Chief designer Stefan Lamm


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


Displacement 2,500 cc
Air compressor Turbocharger
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 9:1
Bore/stroke 3.3 in / 3.7 in
Valvetrain DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 valves

road tests

Top speed 163 mph
1/4 mile 14.2 s
0-60mph 5.7 s
0-100mph 13 s
0-200kph 21.1 s
Top gear time 1:32.20
20.6km nurburgring time 8:26.0
Hockenheim short lap time 1:16.60

power & handling

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

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,227 lb
Width 72.5 in
Height 58.4 in
Length 173.3 in
Wheelbase 103.9 in
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