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I never imagined that my first time behind the wheel of a left-hand drive would be alone in the French Alps.

And yet there I was, white-knuckling my way up the raised mountain roads that seem to have been built specifically with MINIs in mind.

I wasn't sure if I was going to make it. I didn't know what to do. And I was cursing these roads with every colourful language combination that I could muster.

The brand new Ford Focus will be dropping in Australia in November. With three models, selectable driving modes (which is a first), as well as a 20 per cent increase in torsional rigidity -- it promises to deliver on both enhanced driving dynamics and passenger comfort.

And then there's the tech.

Between 2011 and 2016, around 70,000 Ford Fiesta, Focus and EcoSport vehicles sold in Australia were fitted with the company's PowerShift dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Dual-cluch 'boxes are meant to provide faster, smoother shifts than traditional automatics, but the ACCC says that nearly half of all Aussie cars have needed at least one significant transmission repair -- and it's taking Ford to court for it.

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.