Video: Ford Focus RS vs. Nissan GT-R

Answering the age old question about the benefits of affordable speed, the gang at AutoCar took the opportunity to look at two different versions of cheep speed. The Focus RS running with Subaru STi’s and rally bred EVO’s, while the $80,000 Nissan GT-R makes supercars twice as expensive seem like a joke. So which is a better bargain? Check out the video to find out!


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  (780) posted on 03.7.2010

@ rielle_brown - agree with you, weight does have a big effect in this kind of review.

  (858) posted on 01.25.2010

thou GT-R is much faster than the RS, focus is much lighter, focus can deal with the tight corners while the gt-r does not. power is not enough when your handling is low.

  (612) posted on 01.10.2010

The Focus RS didn’t beat the evo, the Evo didn’t beat the GT-R, so how come that the RS is close to GT-R, IMO the road is the Key, since RS is light it can turn easily and without much gravity, but the GT-R is much heavier so it does create a lot of gravitational force when turning.

  (1024) posted on 05.5.2009

And evo10, the hatch didn’t beat the supercar.

  (1024) posted on 05.5.2009

The review makes a lot of sense. The GT-R is fast but its also heavy around corners where you can’t get maximum traction or make use of the horsepower. The RS is light and with 325lb-ft torque all at the front wheels, clearly a well engineered car. I think a track test should also have been included, that would give us an idea of how the RS might compare to the STi and EVOs. Evo magazine had the STi around the track against a Gallardo and the STi had no trouble keeping up. Obviously the GT-R would win on the track but it might give us an idea of whether the RS can hang around the track with the rally bred monsters and if the rally bred monsters can do anything against the GT-R on the same roads.

  (318) posted on 05.5.2009

I told you small hatchy cars can beat super cars when it comes to real driving and that is when you get into the bumps and turns of a long and rough public road. It’s a real confidence car and most of us would want to ride something that we can feel confident behind its wheels.

  (177) posted on 05.5.2009

Ford Focus RS beats the Godzilla in terms of confident public driving? No wonder why the GT-R get crashes everywhere.

  (289) posted on 05.5.2009

You are right with that comment. I agree that with real condition driving, confidence driving is really very important and Focus RS shows that it can pull out that purpose.

  (231) posted on 05.5.2009

I think autocar’s focus here is to judge which does it well in public driving. Since most buyer will not be a speed racer but just an ordinary car driver needing that relaxing and confident driving on the road. And you got Ford Focus RS right for this purpose.

  (314) posted on 05.5.2009

Yup you are right in there pal. What maybe good for this video is it gives the viewer the right perspective for driving the right vehicle for a specific purpose. GT-R and Focus Rs are both making sense with its competitive prices and that makes sense that these cars can compete with speed, safety comfort and confidence driving with those top of the line expensive cars.

  (421) posted on 05.5.2009

I really have to wait till the buffering process ends and to watch this video. Well, it’s just quite sensible given the fact that the main concern is public driving and the GT-R is engineered for race tracks while the RS is for confident public driving. For me there’s no point of comparison. In fact if you are a serious driver you won’t drive one car type for different terrain and purpose. And that’s a fact.

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