Ford Focus RS: The Last Great Hot Hatch | The New Car Show

Ford Focus RS: The Last Great Hot Hatch | The New Car Show


– My mom would not like this car. (exciting hip-hop music) (car engine revs) Guys, you heard the news. Except for the Mustang and a
new, weird, lifted Focus thing, Ford said that they’re
gonna stop making cars! (imitates crying) What? Which means, no more hot hatches! Which means, no more Focus RS. In fact, they’ve already
stopped making the RS in April. And there’s only a thousand
of these puppies left for the U.S. market. That’s it. I think I might cry again. What’s out there on the dealer lots is all there is, folks. So, should you go out there and buy one? Well, luckily for you, Galpin lent me a brand new 2018 Focus RS so I can tell you all about it. This is the new car show. Hatchbacks are the (bleep). They haul your friends, they haul your stuff, and they look so cute doing it. So what’s not to like? Well, I guess a really slow hatchback would be something that you’re
(sad music) not in love with but this one’s not slow. I gotta tell you, life is a lot better with
a sweet sounding 2.3 liter ecoboost engine with 350
horse power under the hood. With that power and 350
pound feet of torque, the Focus RS is more powerful than the Civic Type R and the STI which you can’t even get
as a hatchback anymore. This is a track car in
a practical car wrapper. (car engine roars) Now, this car isn’t as crazy, boy racer, video-gamey as the Civic Type R but more extreme than the Golf R. This color is called Race Red and it is gorgeous and loud and draws a lot of attention and makes me definitely
want to turn down my stereo at the Starbucks. (loud upbeat music) It’s sporty yet civilized when you’re just poking around town but you can tell at a moments notices she’s ready to roll! (car engine roars) There are four driving
modes to chose from. Normal mode, perfect for cruising through the school zone when you
gotta pick up your baby bro and the principal’s there and he doesn’t like your hot hatch. He doesn’t like your
cracks and your burbles. You can definitely tell
that the suspension is tuned for handling and not for rough pavement but it’s totally livable. Just not for my mom. My mom would not like this car. She would say it’s too bouncy. Sport mode opens up an exhaust valve to release that beautiful
crackly crack crackle. It enhances steering feed back and quickens the throttle response. Big Brembo front calipers are
cooled by actual break ducts that actually go through the front bumper. The 19 inch wheels are
forged and they’re wrapped in super sticky Michelin Super Sport tires that add tons of grip. For 2018, they added a Quaife LSD which handles torque
distribution to the front wheels so you can take full
advantage of all that power. In Track mode, things get serious. It very, very noticeably stiffens up the two-position adjustable shocks. The (beep) gets real stiff. It kicks stability control down a notch and tells the all wheel drive system, hey, all wheel drive system! You gotta allow for tighter cornering! Last, but certainly not least, is Drift mode which gives
the all wheel drive system a unique set of parameters for, what else? Sweet, sweet, beautiful,
smooth, four wheel drifties. (car tires screech) For it’s final year of production, Ford gave the RS some special equipment. In addition to the Quaife LSD
and Dynamic Torque Vectoring, it gets a gloss black rear
spoiler and mirror caps, which look very nice
against this red paint, standard nav with a
huge eight inch screen, heated front seats, and a heated, leather
wrapped steering wheel which comes in clutch in this 110 degree, Souther California weather. But, if you live where it snows, all wheel drive mixed with
the warm butt and warm mitts is a very compelling package. I’ve heard I have a
very compelling package. Funny, cute-ish, and I make
a million dollars a video. Hit me up! The Focus RS starts at around $41,000 which sounds like a lot
of money for a Focus because it kind of is a
lot of money for a Focus. While the power, the noise,
and the track-sculpted looks start to justify paying
that amount of coin, it’s when you actually get in the car that you think, huh, did I pay too much money for this Focus? The leather trimmed RECARO
seats grip to your sides and have beautiful,
luxurious faux-suede inserts. To be honest, they’re a little
tight on your fat boy host. If I were gonna get this car, (muffled electronic voice) Shut the (bleep) up you
(bleep) phone (bleep). (upbeat music) If I got this car, I would
definitely get the RECAROs and hopefully it would
motivate me to go to the gym and potentially have less beer a week. Stay in school, kids, drink your milk. When you’re driving it, the car is planted but
you’re sitting up kinda high. Sorta like a bus driver. You know what, it actually reminds me of when I used to drive
a bunch of Volkswagens. It feels a lot like a Mark 3 Golf which I don’t care what you guys say is my favorite genre. You can get this car with a back-up camera but you don’t have any
help in your blind spot so keep your head on a swivel. What you do get is a lot of dash. It’s just the normal Focus dash. The only difference is
this group of gauge pods all wrapped in carbon fibber. There is so much that is
awesome about this car. For a track Focus 350
horse power hot hatch, it’s actually surprisingly quiet and absorbs the pot hole filled streets of Los Angeles very well. There’s also a sweet-sounding
10 speaker Sony stereo, dual climate control, and remote keyless access which I don’t know why we mention anymore. It’s in every single car. And, yeah, it’s a $40,000 Focus. But is a Focus that’s focused. There’s plenty of room to carry groceries or track wheels and tires and a jack and it’s still a completely practical car that just so happens to sound like this. (car engine roars) (groans) The Ford Focus RS might be the perfect, fun, daily
driving, track car for me. Or you. So don’t wait until it’s too late ’cause this is truly the end of an era. This is the end of the post
Evo fun compact car era. This is all of your faults. And mine because none of us bought these. Yo, so as you guys probably know, YouTube does not pay us to make videos. Because of that, we work
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