Ford's Focus RS, the fastest-ever European production car with a maximum speed of 163mph, is now even more attractive with an average fuel consumption of 38.5mpg. The official record, one of the best in its class, was taken this week during the UK's seventh annual MPG Marathon.
This record is actually a marked improvement in economy over official, manufacturer-supplied figures. To cover 360 miles, the 2.5-liter, 305PS Ford Focus RS used only nine gallons of fuel for the competition. This is a 28% improvement over the car's quoted 30.1mpg combined fuel consumption figure.
Automotive writer Jeremy Walton was behind the wheel and was guided by co-driver Alyson Marlow. Walton, after covering the varied route at regular road speeds, said that this is the fastest RS road car yet, but also the most efficient.
He added that with some restraint, it becomes possible to use an efficient, high-performance car in daily driving, without huge fuel bills.
Ford Team RS powertrain manager, Len Urwin, should be applauded for leading the team that developed the Focus RS engine. He said that Focus RS was designed to appeal to the heart and the head.
He explained that the result proves how successful the team has been in making Focus RS a practical day-to-day car while continuing the 40-year RS tradition of exciting, high performance. In the UK, the car is priced at £26,395. To date, more than half of the UK's Ford Focus RS allocation has been sold.