2016 Ford Focus RS mega-hatch competitors

By Peter Chubb - May 13, 2014

The hot hatch has always been popular in the UK for years and now it has slowly grown in popularity in the US, although we know they like to do things a little different. Take the 2016 Ford Focus RS, there is to be a version that will be powered by a Ford Mustang engine, which is said to produce an impressive 350 horesepower.

However, do not think for one moment that Ford will have it all its own way, as there are plenty of 2016 Ford Focus RS mega-hatch competitors already on or coming to market, and so we thought we would list some of these rivals.

First of all we have the 2016 Ford Focus RS, and while Ford have been a little coy on the specifics, we do expect the figures to be impressive, and they will have to compete with the likes of the Honda Civic Type R.

The new Honda Civic Type R is due in mid 2015 and is said to have a 0-62 mph time of 5.5 seconds and a power output of an estimated 300 horsepower. As for price, expect to pay around £30,000, compared to around £27,000 for the new Focus RS.

2015 Honda Civic Type R

Next is the 2016 Audi RS3, which is also due out in 2015. The price for this model is expected to be around £40,000, which is far more expensive than the other two models, but a 0-62 mph time of 4.4 seconds and a power output of 360 horsepower is just two reasons why it will come with a higher price tag.

2016 Audi RS3

The Renault Megane RS is due for release this year and looks to be the slowest of the bunch so far with a 0-62 mph time of 5.8 seconds and 270bhp and a price of around £30,000.

Vauxhall Astra Extreme is in the mix as well, although its extimated £35,000 price tag is a little steep, but then what would you expect from a 325 horsepower car?

Vauxhall Astra Extreme

We have saved the best till last, and that is the 2016 Volkswagen Golf R 400. Okay, so this may cost around £40,000, but then that 395bhp power output from its 2.0-litre turbo engine will get you from standstill to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds.

Even though there are some great hot hatches coming, do you think the 2016 Ford Focus RS will be the king?

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  • John

    The focus RS… If they make it, will have a huge amount or torque available from the ecoboost unit, as is the potential of these engines. This will matter more than pure bhp as outlined in the above review and 0 to 60 times, which gives away little information on a cars actual acceleration or real life performance.

    The focus will have mountune and 500 edition models available easily bringing power to over 400bbhp probably factory warranted, so I would say it will be king for the money in this sector