Focus RS to retail under £25,000

Ford has announced its fastest-ever European car will be available at £24,995 when it goes on sale in March.

The 2009 Focus RS, with a top speed of over 160mph, will wear the Rallye Sport badge for the first time since the Focus RS was launched seven years ago.

The high-performance hatchback features a turbocharged 2.5-litre, five-cylinder Duratec petrol engine developing 305PS and 440Nm peak torque, all making the RS accelerate from 0-62mph in under six seconds.

Not only does the power of the car make it distinguishable, but its unique bonnet, front bumper and side skirts, together with 19-inch alloy wheels mean it is instantly recognisable.

Other performance features include unique camshafts and a revised cylinder head and gasket, intake and manifold system.

A rear twin-bladed spoiler, power/heated door mirrors a high-gloss black finish and dual chrome tailpipes add to the quality finish of the car.

A Quaife Automatic Torque Biasing limited-slip differential and innovative RevoKnuckle front-suspension system creates a balance of traction, sports handling and performance for driver wanting more sporting qualities from a Ford.

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