The question being asked by Fifth Gear spokesman Tiff Needell, is what kind of a car can keep up with the Ford Focus RS? Fellow Fifth Gear presenter and BTCC champion Jason Plato brought along a brand new Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X to help him find out. The European hot hatch and the Japanese rice rocket were put up to some head to head competitions that included a high-speed stability test, with penalty kick, and a timed lap around a proper handling circuit. So which car wins out, the turbocharged 300 HP Focus RS with its touring car setup, or the rally bred all wheel drive 4B11 powered Evo X. Watch the video to find out for yourself.


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  (555) posted on 02.9.2010

Those t.v. Hosts can really drive. I think it shouldn’t have been the Focus but the Imprezza instead. It looked so not up to the competition compared to the evolution.

  (708) posted on 01.22.2010

that’s odd.. you think focus RS will smoke the EVO? well i guess they are just showing what’s the difference between an FF layout and RW layout cars, FF are great in Sprint and RW have the advantage in cornering and Acceleration, IMO both cars are really great. but it is much better to used an Subaru

  (515) posted on 01.5.2010

Lan-Evo surely win this bout FR layout wont won on AWD specially on tight cornerings. both are great cars but its just not right to challenge an AWD with FR layout.

  (1022) posted on 12.20.2009

IMO it’s not a fair match, Front layout VS AWD, 100% and will win this match in terms of acceleration and handling.

  (815) posted on 12.14.2009

Lan-Evo is always the king of handling, focus is very prone to skid because of it’s drivetrain. good thing that evo is equipped with advanced braking system Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) really helps keeping the EVO on track.

  (1024) posted on 06.13.2009

Thats it? After all the hype about the RS being a competitor to the EVO, it gets its a$$ handed out on the track. Sorry but while front wheel drive capabilties have come a long way, it will never replace AWD.

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