2016 Ford Focus RS wint AutoGuide.com 2017 Car of the Year Award

Het is absoluut geen nieuws als we vertellen dat de 2016 Ford Focus RS een dijk van een auto is en door bijna iedereen als de ‘Hot Hatch’ van dit moment wordt genoemd. In het verleden waren de Performance modellen niet verkrijgbaar in de Noord Amerika. Maar dit werd met de komst van het ‘One Ford beleid’ anders en konden ook de Amerikanen eindelijk kennis maken met de Focus RS, iets waar ze al heel lang naar uitkeken.

Ford Focus RS Wins AutoGuide.com 2017 Car of the Year Award

‘Car of The Year Awards’  heeft Ford met de 2016 Focus RS op Europees gebied, al heel wat weten binnen te slepen, maar hoe zit dit nu met de landen aan de andere kant van de wereld?

Bekijk hier eerdere ‘Car of The Year Awards’ die de 2016 Ford Focus RS in ontvangst mocht nemen:

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Ford Focus RS Wins AutoGuide.com 2017 Car of the Year Award

Ford Focus RS Wins AutoGuide.com 2017 Car of the Year Award

Autoguide.com legt uit waarom de keuze op de 2016 Ford Focus RS is gevallen, je leest het hieronder:

Making their pick for the best new car this year, AutoGuide.com’s team of automotive experts is excited to announce the Ford Focus RS is the recipient of the outlet’s 2017 Car of the Year Award.

“The Ford Focus RS is available in North America for the first time ever, and it’s even better than we were expecting,” said AutoGuide Group Editorial Director Jonathan Yarkony. “Its combination of hard-core performance in a practical package made it an undeniable choice for this year’s AutoGuide.com 2017 Car of the Year.

The Focus RS was pitted against some stiff competition, as AutoGuide’s team of editors evaluated the very best new models this year during five intensive days of back-to-back testing in Southern California.

In the end, after falling in love with the Focus RS’s drive, its impressive value sealed the deal.

Jamal Hameedi, Ford Performance Chief Engineer, said: “It’s an honor to receive this top prize from AutoGuide.com. The success of Focus RS throughout 2016 is testament to the entire Ford team who put all of their energy into creating such a special car to capture the heart of any driving enthusiast.”

Ford Focus RS Wins AutoGuide.com 2017 Car of the Year Award

Ford Focus RS Wins AutoGuide.com 2017 Car of the Year Award

Autoguide.com 2017 Ford Focus RS Review

The RS builds on what drivers liked about the Focus ST and makes it truly hardcore. The biggest upgrades to the rally-inspired racer are that all-wheel-drive system and the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder that provides an addictive 350 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. That engine is hooked up exclusively to a slick six-speed manual, and with power to all four wheels, drivers have maximum traction powering out of corners. On top of all that, it’s still amazingly accessible with hatchback versatility and an easy-to-live-with nature.

Ford Focus RS Wins AutoGuide.com 2017 Car of the Year Award

“Congratulations to the team at Ford,” said Yarkony. “The Ford Focus RS is one of those rare cars that gets massive hype, and then still delivered beyond our wildest expectations. Not only is it a great deal on paper as a practical, all-wheel drive hatchback, but it leaps right to the top of the hot hatch segment with 350 hp, an enthusiast’s choice manual transmission and, best of all, its engaging character.”

Watch the whole 2017 Car of the Year video series of all the contenders here:

Source | Autoguide.com

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