The One That Isn’t Here Yet
2017 Ford Focus RS
We’ve barely sat in the super-comfortable Recaros of the 350-hp Ford Focus RS ($36,675), but it’s clear that it’s gunning hard for the market served by the Volkswagens GTI and Golf R. Will it usher in a new crop of performance hatchbacks? Will Ford sell every one it can build? We’ll keep you posted.
Also consider: If you can’t wait for the Focus RS to arrive, in the meantime, try out the Fiat 500 Abarth ($22,575), which offers almost all the fun and a grunty exhaust, in addition to a strangely upright driving position.