Ford Focus RS ‘oozes attitude’

The new Ford Focus RS has been described as a car which "oozes with attitude" in a recent review.

According to the Sun newspaper, the car is "dripping with menace" and takes the Ford brand to a "new levels of excellence".

The RS is a high-performance family hatchback, which is compact in size but armed with a powerful 2.5-litre turbo engine.

It can go from zero to 62 miles per hour in under six seconds and boasts a top speed of 160 miles per hour, while its turbo charger takes the power up to 300bhp.

"The RS is not for the faint-hearted, or anyone who sees comfort as a priority," says the Sun.

Last month, Autocar revealed that the RS will not get a US release as Ford says that it would be too expensive.

Jost Capito, head of Ford’s global performance division, told the publication: "We’d like to, but the base car isn’t homologated for North America and that’s too costly a job to carry out just for a niche vehicle like the RS."

Ford Focus motorist highlights drink-driving differences

A Ford Focus driver has highlighted the impact that a person’s body frame can have on whether they are over the drink-drive limit or not.

Jacqueline Atkinson was recently convicted of drinking and driving after being tested by police an hour after she consumed just one glass of wine during a business lunch.

However, she was told by a police nurse that her slim figure could have been partly to blame for the incident, as if she weighed a stone more she would have been likely to pass the breathalyser test.

Outside court, where she was banned for 12 months and fined £475, she said: "The glass didn’t seem to be to be particularly large because I have large goblets at home.

"I was distracted doing my paper work and after ordering one glass of wine I never imagined that I would be over the limit. Otherwise I would never have gone near the car."

Other factors which may impact upon a person’s tolerance to alcohol include age, a person’s stress levels or the speed of their metabolism.

Ford Focus shows modification impact on car insurance

A Ford Focus has been used as an example to show just how much a young person could increase the cost of their car insurance by fitting their vehicle with certain specifications.

Research from uSwitch.com has found that young drivers could increase their car insurance quote by over £6,000 by opting for extras including spoilers and tinted windows on their model.

It was revealed that a motorist could pay as little as £88 for small modifications to a Ford Focus 1.6 such as simple side skirts, but this increases by a further £756 if tinted windows are fitted.

Flared wheel arches and wings could see a further £3,500 added to the cost of a car insurance policy while those who go all out and have a new exhaust system fitted could pay an additional £6,225.

Mark Monteiro, insurance expert at uSwitch.com, comments: "Car insurance for young drivers is already really expensive so opting for cars that fall into a more expensive insurance group really isn’t advisable.

"As soon as modifications are made such as spoilers and tinted windows, premiums will only rocket further."

According to Ford, the Focus has a "striking" exterior design, alongside a "comfortable" cabin.

Ford Focus drivers told to check insurance ahead of scrappage scheme involvement

Motorists considering trading in their used Ford Focus as part of the government scrappage scheme have been told to consider the impact it may have on their car insurance first.

Great deals can be taken advantage of by motorists, as they can agree to scrap their ten-year-old used car for a £2,000 discount on a new vehicle fresh out of the showroom.

However, Mark Monteiro, insurance expert at uSwitch.com, has revealed that car insurance could significantly increase on a new vehicle.

He said: "Any motorists tempted to take advantage of the car scrappage scheme should research the cost of insuring their desired new vehicle as a matter of priority, as the cost could be significantly higher than they are currently paying for their old banger."

An example can be witnessed as a male 40-year-old driver with nine years no claims could pay 29.9 per cent more to insure a new Ford Focus compared to a 1999 Ford Focus Zetec.

According to Ford, the new Focus has bold styling which is "confident, contemporary and utterly distinctive".

Ford Focus is April’s top seller

The Ford Focus remained the top selling car in the UK during April, it has been revealed.

Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) showed that last month UK car sales fell by 24 per cent based on yea-on-year figures, with only 133,475 changing hands.

This is the lowest level since 1991, while being the 11th straight month that new car sales have deteriorated.

However, the Focus remained the best-seller, shifting 8,974 units, which proved more than the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa, Volkswagen Golf and the Vauxhall Astra.

Boss of the SMMT Paul Everitt stated that there is optimism that things will improve in the coming months, especially after the government recently announced the scrappage scheme incentive.

He said: "Industry is hopeful that its prospects will improve in the coming months and the steps it has taken will provide the basis for a sustained recovery once growth returns."

According to Ford, the latest Focus brings together a "striking exterior design" with "improved aerodynamic lines".

Ford Focus RS has competition waiting in the wings

The Ford Focus RS is set to have some competition in the marketplace following the development of a new vehicle from Audi, it has been stated.

Greg Kable states for Autocar that the hot hatch market will have a new contender when it comes to speed thanks to the Audi RS3.

With Audi looking to enhance the appeal of the Audi A3, it has looked for extra performance by fitting the RS3 with a turbo 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine.

This alongside a new seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox will help motorists benefit from a performance similar to that they can currently experience in cars such as the Focus RS and the upcoming Renaultsport Megane.

However, unfortunately for those interested in the Audi, the vehicle is not set to be launched until 2012, while a broader range of models based on the Audi A3 are not set to reach the market until early 2011.

According to Jost Capito, director of global performance vehicles and motorsport business development at Ford, the Focus RS is "a serious machine with the performance, traction and precision to match far more exotic sports cars".

Fast lane beckons for Ford Focus RS drivers

Motorists believing that a car capable of high speeds is out of their price range may have been proved wrong by the Ford Focus RS, it has been stated.

The Coventry Telegraph has stated that the Focus RS could be ideal for those on a tight budget "dreaming of life in the fast lane".

A 2.5-litre turbo-charged Duratec RS engine is one of the reasons for the car’s rapid acceleration, with 62 miles per hour able to be reached from still in 5.9 seconds.

Furthermore, for a performance car the vehicle is efficient in terms of its fuel consumption, with a driver able to complete 30 miles per gallon of fuel.

RS motorists will also benefit from a fuel tank holding an extra seven litres to help them carry enough fuel to complete a drive of a healthy length.

The review of the RS concluded by stating that Ford has done what was considered by most to be "impossible".

This is creating a front-wheel drive vehicle that can be used everyday and is quicker than some all-wheel drive performance vehicles.

Lars Frick, automotive engineer for Ford tyres at Continental, stated in the past that his company’s tyres are best suited to the Ford Focus RS.

‘No argument’ over Ford Focus RS

Although there have been some question marks over the usage of the RS badge on Ford vehicles in the past, there is no argument to be formed about its inclusion on the new Ford Focus, according to a reviewer.

Writing for CarKeys, David Finlay reveals that the primary focus of the model is power, with it being the most powerful Focus ever built.

Mr Finlay also remarks that the 2.5-litre turbo engine is a "fine unit", with motorists benefitting from a "reasonable performance" even if their rev counter never goes above the 3,000 mark.

Furthermore, he highlights that the Focus comes into its own when presented with a slightly challenging environment.

"It leaps between corners, wipes off unrequired speed brilliantly, settles down amazingly quickly once you’ve turned in and swoops through the rest of the corner so serenely that you do briefly wonder if four-wheel drive would have made much difference", according to Mr Finlay.

Buyers can also opt for an additional cost to have a part-leather trim or a Luxury Pack, consisting of air conditioning, rear parking sensors and tyre deflation detection, among other things.

It recently emerged that the Ford Focus RS could be being lined up for a hot hatch world record attempt at the Nurburgring track.

Ford Focus drivers to be alert to motorbike danger

Ford Focus drivers may need to be aware of motorbikes more than any other drivers, according to the results of a new study.

Bennetts Insurance has revealed in the past year the Focus has been responsible for 14 per cent of all motorbike accidents involving a car.

This is the second year in succession that the Focus has topped this particular statistic.

Meanwhile, the Ford Fiesta is the next most likely to be involved in an accident with a motorbike, followed by the Vauxhall Astra.

Further findings of the study, which analysed claims for the year up to July 2008, highlight that motorbike accidents are most prone to happening on a Tuesday, with the weekends proving to be the safest time for a biker to hit the road.

London is considered to be the most dangerous destination for a person to hop on their bike, with south-west London topping the study for the fourth straight year.

To help boost the safety of the Focus, Ford has equipped the vehicle with features including rain-sensing wipers and a tyre deflation protection system.

Emergency Brake Assist is also fitted to help reduce stopping distances in times of an emergency.

New deals on Ford Focus and other models

Motorists debating about whether to buy a new Ford Focus could take advantage of some offers made available by the manufacturer.

Ford has conjured up a host of spring special offers on popular models, with buyers able to take advantage of low-rate finance deals, free added features and more general savings.

Among the vehicles allowing motorists to make the largest savings is the Ford Focus Zetec.

Motorists could save over £2,000 as a result of a range of deals on the sporty vehicle.

These include a generous £1,700 simply being knocked off the asking price, alongside a free voice control and free Bluetooth.

Meanwhile, those drivers considering a Ford Mondeo can take advantage of a deal in the Zetec series of a free sports pack consisting of 17-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler and a sports suspension.

These offers, as well as those on other popular vehicles in the Ford fleet, will run until June 30th.

Among the standout features of the Ford Focus, according to the manufacturer, is its bold styling, with the design being "confident, contemporary and utterly distinctive".