Ford this week confirmed its 350 horsepower Focus RS will cost a mere $36,605 when it arrives at dealers next year. That makes it quite the performance bargain – especially when benchmarked against offerings like Volkswagen Golf R or Mercedes-Benz CLA45, but is it a better deal than Ford’s own Mustang GT?
The Focus RS starts at $36,605, and while Ford has yet to release an options list, that figure will grow if the customer opts for additional extras. The Mustang GT, meanwhile, starts at $32,395 and can be fitted with the Performance Pack and Recaro seats and will still cost just $37, 385.
The Focus RS justifies its price premium through exclusivity. Its 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine is down 85 horsepower over the Mustang’s 5.0-liter Coyote V8, but because of its niche status, it will be a less common sight than a Mustang GT. It also has launch control, torque vectoring and all-wheel drive, so don’t get too hung up on the horsepower figure.
If we had to pick one to spend our money on, we’d likely end up in the Focus RS. Everyone and their mother owns a Mustang, but it takes a special kind of car enthusiast to own a 350 horsepower, 165 mph Focus. Let us know which of these Ford Performance products you’d rather have in your driveway by voting or commenting below.