The new Ford Focus RS is a major hit in the car world. Its combination of practicality and capability means it can be a great all-rounder, while still giving the driver a sense of satisfaction. But how does it stack up against the car it replaced? Matt Bird of put the two together to find out.
The second generation Focus RS was never sold here in America, but still made quite the impression. It was powered by a Volvo-sourced five-cylinder that pushed 301 horsepower to just the front wheels, and only came in a smaller, angrier two-door body style.
The current-generation car, though, comes equipped with a 350-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder, along with a trick all-wheel-drive system. It's only available as a full-size four-door model, and lacks the sweet fender flares that made the old car stand out so much.
Take a look as Bird compares the two cars against one another on some fitting British B-roads.