Today, 05:12 PM
The Golf R has some real competition in the United States and it is from Ford no less. Unfortunately, the Focus RS was not sold in the USA previously and but the European got to enjoy it. Well, now in the USA you can buy a Focus RS or a Golf R and it's time to see which one rules.
The Focus RS already beat out the world's best hot hatches in a huge comparison test earlier this year. It is not the fastest in a straight line but it is the quickest around the track and the best all around hatchback.
What the Golf R really has going for it compared to the Focus RS is the DSG gearbox. The Golf R has the smaller 2.0 liter engine compared to the Ecoboost 2.3 liter motor and it is down roughly 50 horses.
Can the dual clutch trans and a bit less weight make up for this power deficit?
No. The Golf R does keep up quite well but the Focus RS requires a bit more skill to extract performance from.
As this is Evo no trap speeds are provided which partially defeats the purpose of a drag race. Regardless, the Focus RS is not only more powerful and the quicker car it is also the better driver's car.
It's just simply the better enthusiast choice.