Did you see the 2017 Ford Focus RS and think nah, that's not hardcore enough for me? Want one that's even more fun on the street and track — a limited edition model, maybe? Good news: it's coming to Australia and you can probably still get your hands on one.
500 of the limited edition cars will start arriving in November, all wearing Nitrous Blue paint and with Nitrous trimming on the Recaros inside. Black on the spoiler, mirrors and roof gives the car a properly Audi S1-esque look. What you get over the already-bonkers standard RS is a proper Quaife limited-slip front diff, as well as 19-inch forged wheels wearing 10-inch wide, 35-profile Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber.
Beyond that, the Limited Edition car also includes autonomous emergency braking with Ford's Active City Stop tech built in. Audio and nav comes courtesy of Ford's SYNC 3 on a 8-inch touchscreen. If you want one, pony up $56,990 at your nearest Ford dealer, I guess. [Ford]
There aren't that many cars that you can buy brand new that feel fun. There are even fewer that feel fun for every single second that you're driving them. Even fewer again aren't purpose-built sports cars and can be bought by normal people with normal car-buying budgets. The Ford Focus RS, based on that humble Focus hatch, is the hottest hot hatch that you can spend your money on, and it's a masterpiece.
Ford's SYNC2 in-car entertainment platform is still new, shiny and excellent, but that's not stopping the car maker debuting an entirely new version of the SYNC platform at CES this year. We went behind the wheel with the new SYNC3 system to check it out, and it's better than ever.