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The 2017 Ford Focus RS Rides Like a Horse Cart & I Love It

The 2017 Ford Focus RS Rides Like a Horse Cart & I Love It

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The 2017 Ford Focus RS Rides Like a Horse Cart & I Love It
The 2017 Ford Focus RS Rides Like a Horse Cart & I Love It
The 2017 Ford Focus RS Rides Like a Horse Cart & I Love It
The 2017 Ford Focus RS Rides Like a Horse Cart & I Love It
The 2017 Ford Focus RS Rides Like a Horse Cart & I Love It
The 2017 Ford Focus RS Rides Like a Horse Cart & I Love It
The 2017 Ford Focus RS Rides Like a Horse Cart & I Love It
The 2017 Ford Focus RS Rides Like a Horse Cart & I Love It

The long awaited and heavily vaunted Ford Focus RS is now sold in the U.S. There’s also a Stealth Gray Focus RS sitting in my driveway for the week. Yeah, it’s hard resisting the temptation of all-day drives and sideways drifting action as I stare at its aggressive styling through my office window. Not surprisingly, the car is incredibly fun to drive. The torque-rich engine and six-speed manual provide more than enough excitement, even when picking up groceries. But there’s one driving attribute I see as a double-edged sward – the insanely still suspension.

Smooth highways, broken pavement, washboarded asphalt near intersection – there’s no escaping the messages sent rattling through the Focus RS’s cabin down and into my bones. The Focus RS rides like Ford forgot to install springs and shocks. Every imperfection in road translated to the people inside. In reality, Ford paid great attention to the Focus RS’ suspension and the surrounding structure.

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