I think to properly understand my views you first have to know where I’m coming from, automotively speaking. I bought the Focus RS to replace my 2007 Hummer H3 daily driver which was awesome but was also costing me $520 a month in gas. I could accept the gas cost as part of Hummer ownership but it started going down the road of having mechanical issues and after investing over $6000 in repairs and more on the way I decided that was enough. I also own a 2014 Shelby GT500 which is a 662hp supercharged monster. It’s my sunny day fun car. A few hard pulls in that will leave you shaking with excitement.
Later that weekend I was able to sneak away and go for a little drive alone. I decided to blast down the curviest road in my area so I switched to sport mode and the car woke up a bit. A 30 km corner I took at 80 km with no issues. Every bend in the road the grip was there, even in the sandy roads of early April and still wearing winter tires. This is what the car was made for, not acceleration but grip. Seemingly endless grip. I was beginning to lose my regret.
What don’t I like? Well the Sony stereo sucks. I’m not a huge audio guy so I don’t require much, I mainly listen to metal so I just ask that it’s loud. But the way this stereo is set up feels strange. When I picked it up it felt like the audio balance was all towards the front of the car. So I moved it back to center which dramatically lowered the volume. I turned off that annoying auto volume system that raises and lowers the volume with the car speed and that seemed to lower the volume even more. Fiddling with the settings in the driveway for quite some time I just can’t seem to get the stereo to be more of a rear speaker balance and also loud. I also really don’t like the piped in engine noise through the speakers. If you’re sitting in the car with the engine off there is a faint white noise hiss coming through them. I’m planning on disabling the fake noise at some point.
Everything said and done it’s a fun all season commuter car. I’m not blown away by it but also not upset I bought it. The Focus RS is perfect for the position I wanted it to fill. Combined with the Shelby I'd say I'm pretty spoiled.