16.4 L/ 100km
What is it?
Ford's super-hot Focus RS hatch. This Focus RS is the new version of the one released back in 2010. It has more power and torque and now features AWD. Available exclusively as a five-door the new RS is bigger than the model that precedes it, and even better, it's cheaper. It's so popular the wait list is well into next year.
Why is it creating such a storm?
1. 257kW of power
2. 440Nm of torque
3. 0-100kmh in 4.7 seconds and
How much is it?
From $50,990 plus on road coats. There are a two options - a performance wheel package for $3500 and $450 for metallic paint which means the RS is still under $60,000 including ORCs.
What are its rivals?
In this space, the Volkswagen Golf R is the closest in money and performance (priced from $52,990 +ORCs) and then you head into the upper end of the spectrum that features luxury rivals such as the Audi RS3, Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG and BMW's M140i.
What does it get?
Standard features include: 8-inch colour touchscreen with satellite navigation, driver selectable sports suspension with adjustable dampers, partial leather RS branded Recaro seats, dual zone (and voice controlled) climate control, cruise control auto headlights and wipers, leather wrapped steering wheel and gear shift, auto dimming rear view mirror, RS logo scuff plates, Sport RS pedal, smart key, height and reach adjustable steering wheel, rear camera and 19-inch alloys.
Standard safety features include: six airbags, ABS with EBD, stability control, emergency brake assist, emergency brake lights, hill launch assist, torque vectoring control, all-wheel-drive, and tyre pressure monitoring system.
What's it like inside?
It's not as premium as you'd expect from a $50,000-plus car but you can forgive this pocket rocket to some degree as the RS is all about "bang for your buck". However, it's up against the more premium feeling, and only marginally more expensive, Golf R.
There is not much difference between the RS and the lower Focus models in overall design and layout which means the RS lacks the performance flair you'd expect. There are also cheap looking plastics through the cabin.
The Recaro race seats are super comfy, have great support and feature partial leather and faux-suede fabric. The RS models do get some interior touches however, such as nice feeling leather wrapped flat-bottomed steering wheel, the three small gauges that sit on top of the dash board that house the turbo and oil pressure and temperature.