September 22, 2023

When Ford publicizes a brand new speedy automobile now, it’s anticipated to be one of the most best possible in its elegance to power. Throughout two generations and nearly 10 years now, the Fiesta ST has made scorching hatch patrons query what extra a laugh they may want; that such a lot of its rascally nature has made it to the Puma merits reward as neatly. And the Center of attention ST, particularly with the Monitor Pack, must be close to the highest of any family-friendly scorching hatch shortlist – it’s sensible.

Actually, the entire speedy Focuses, by means of and big, had been incredible. There were twenty years of them now, stretching again to the ST170 of 2002. That automobile used to be the easiest instance of the New Edge speedy Fords that have been nice to power however didn’t have the facility to in reality do its chassis justice – see Fiesta Zetec S and SportKa for additional evidence. What Ford wanted, in fact, used to be a correct Center of attention flagship to in reality announce the Blue Oval as a scorching hatch contender within the twenty first century. By means of that point the Cossie used to be reminiscence, and no more inspiring Escorts have been way more fresh.

The RS used to be subjected to the sort of drastic overhaul that Ford famously misplaced cash on each unmarried one bought at £20k. That’s how made up our minds Ford used to be to make the RS nice. One thing like 70 in keeping with cent of the type used to be new or transformed, an enormous quantity for one thing as fairly humble as a quick Center of attention. The cash used to be spent on the entire just right stuff, too, together with a Quaife limited-slip diff, Sachs dampers, AP Racing take hold of, Brembo brakes, OZ Racing wheels and extra. As of late we’re used to fancy portions in scorching hatches, however the RS arrived at first of the renaissance. A scorching hatch certified as such with a large turbo and decreasing springs – this used to be unheard of, nearly unique for the sort of automobile.

The result now not handiest regarded excellent in Imperial Blue, it moved the recent hatch dealing with sport on leaps and limits. There’s nonetheless some debate about whether or not early ones have been scrappier than later ones, however what turns out in little question is that the fashionable template – 2.0-litre turbo, correct LSD, handbook gearbox and costly suspension – used to be established by means of the RS. No marvel they’ve turn out to be treasured.

It’s imaginable to pay as much as £50k for a Center of attention RS now. This one isn’t rather that a lot, however is sort of up to a brand new ST at £35k. For that, you’ll get what appears to be like to be an completely pristine instance, which makes the grainy pics the entire extra disappointing. (We wish to see it in all its glory!) From the stamped-up provider e book to the outdated tax discs and matching Michelins to flawless OZs, it appears to be like an absolute gem. Simply as just right now because it used to be at release all the ones years in the past, and evidence of simply how proper Ford were given the Mk1. It kind of feels not going the Mk2 or Mk3 will glance so spot on twenty years after release.

There isn’t a lot more data within the advert on Center of attention RS #3359, however, in truth, what extra do you want to grasp? It’s some huge cash, sure, nevertheless it’s handiest coated 1000 miles a 12 months, with rather a couple of house owners having reputedly sorted it. With the Center of attention RS as we are aware of it by no means returning, the mythical unique is arguably extra covetable than ever. Consider how we’ll really feel about it in every other twenty years…


Engine: 1,998cc, four-cyl turbo
Transmission: 5-speed handbook, front-wheel power, limited-slip diff
Energy (hp): 215@5,500rpm
Torque (lb feet): 229@3,500rpm
MPG: 28
CO2: 237g/km
Recorded mileage: 19,682
Yr registered: 2003
Worth new: £19,995
Yours for: £34,990