A lot of cars make their way to Jay Leno’s Garage but not a lot of them are of the sports-hatch variety.

The Ford Focus RS is one such car and normally, it doesn’t find its way to Jay Leno’s Garage, because, well, it’s not legal to own in America. But this isn’t an ordinary Focus RS; this one has been stamped and tuned by no less than Galpin Auto Sports.

In this episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, the affable comedian and certified car nut invited Beau Bachman, the head honcho of Galpin Auto Sports, to his garage with the latter bringing a heavily-tuned Focus RS. The two proceed to talk about the car itself, including the aftermarket work Galpin Auto Sports did to bump up the output to an impressive 420 horsepower, far and away more than the 305-horsepower output of the standard European Focus RS.

Check out the video and click past the jump to know more about the Ford Focus RS after the jump

Ford Focus RS

2009 Ford Focus RS
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First introduced in late 2008 as a 2009 model, the Ford Focus RS is the most powerful model of the Focus lineup and one that apparently can be sold in the USA. Red tape notwithstanding, the RS is a pretty stout vehicle, exhibiting the very essence of what a sports hatchback should be about.

It’s powered by a specially developed turbocharged Duratec 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine that delivers in excess of 300 horsepower to go with 325 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers translate to a 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) time of 5.9 seconds to go along with a top speed of 164 mph.

Source: YouTube - Jay Leno’s Garage

Kirby Garlitos
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Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read More
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