The first shipments of the all-new Ford Focus RS are now arriving in the States. This is exciting news for a lot of people, namely those who’ve ordered one of these 350-horsepower hatchbacks.
Jackson Gilmore is one of those excited people. The Southern Californian recently got the call his new rally-ready RS was waiting for him at the dealership. Of course, he told his boss he’d need to take a half day. (He’d been waiting eight months for it, so we’d say its arrival definitely warrants an afternoon off.)
Check out the Ford video below where Gilmore took his new RS to a Cars and Coffee event in Costa Mesa, California.
This is the first time ever the Focus RS has been sold in the United States. The long-awaited U.S. version is equipped with Ford’s new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine good for 350-horses. It goes without saying it’s a manual. It’s fast, too. It can also hit 0-to-62 mph in under 5 seconds.
It also features four different drive modes – including the first-ever Drift mode – as well as the ability to restart a stalled engine without manual operation. It’s also the first car in North America to offer a winter tire and wheel option as a factory accessory, featuring Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 tires, pressure monitoring sensors and fully mounted center caps.
Its main competitor is Volkswagen’s performance hatchback, the Golf R. It delivers 292-horses.
The Ford Focus RS is actually an import, since it’s built in Germany. It starts round $35,900, the same ballpark as the Golf R.