10 Surprising Cars the Ford Focus RS is Faster Than

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

It has been confirmed that the 2016 Ford Focus RS will go 0-62 mph in 4.7 seconds while having a top speed of 165 mph.

As the fastest-ever Ford RS model, the new Focus RS will crank out 345 horsepower and AutoGuide.com has already compiled a list of surprising cars that it’s more powerful than. But how the hot hatch’s 0-62 mph time hold up against the competition? You might be surprised to hear some of the cars it beats.

SEE ALSO: 10 Surprising Cars the Ford Focus RS is More Powerful Than

To give competitors the benefit of the doubt, we researched both 0-60 and 0-62 mph times, assuming the difference is negligible.

Here are 10 cars the new Focus RS would embarrass in a drag race.

Ferrari Testarossa – 5.3 seconds

With a 4.9-liter V12 engine, the Ferrari Testarossa may have 390 hp and 361 lb-ft of torque, but even one of the world’s most famous exotics can’t keep up with the new Ford Focus RS. The Testarossa has a 0-62 mph time of 5.3 seconds, which is 0.6 seconds behind the hot hatch from Ford. And we should point out, the Focus has less power!


2015 Subaru WRX STI – 5.1 seconds

It’s one of the world’s most famous all-wheel drive sports cars, but even the Subaru WRX STI has some stiff competition with the Ford Focus RS. With 305 hp and 290 lb-ft of torque, the WRX STI doesn’t even measure up on paper and the Japanese automaker claims it does 0-60 in 5.1 seconds.


2014 Bentley Mulsanne Speed – 4.9 seconds

Yes, we’re well aware that you could buy nearly 10 Ford Focus RS hatchbacks for the price of one Bentley Mulsanne Speed, but would you believe that an ultra-luxury sedan with a 6.8-liter engine with 530 hp and 811 lb-ft of torque can’t keep up with a little hatchback? According to the British automaker, the Mulsanne Speed does the 0-62 mph sprint in 4.9 seconds, meaning all 10 of your Ford Focus RS hatchbacks would be faster.


Porsche 996 Carrera – 4.9 seconds

Believe it or not, but a previous-generation Porsche 996 Carrera can’t even keep up with the Ford Focus RS in a drag race. With a 0-62 time of 4.9 seconds, the Carrera with a 3.6-liter engine sporting 315 hp shows just how far cars have come in less than two decades.


2010 Ford Mustang GT – 4.9 seconds

If you’ve got a previous-generation Ford Mustang GT, you might want to consider trading it in for a Ford Focus RS. Sporting a 4.6-liter V8 engine with 315 hp, the Mustang GT doesn’t beat the Ford Focus RS on paper or on the streets.


2010 Dodge Challenger SRT8 – 4.9 seconds

Considering the Focus RS outpaces the 2010 Ford Mustang GT, it shouldn’t be a huge surprise that it trumps the 2010 Dodge Challenger SRT8 as well. It’s even crazier when you consider the Challenger has a 6.1-liter V8 engine with 425 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. Now the Challenger Hellcat… that’s an entirely different story.


Acura NSX – 4.8 seconds

We definitely understand that the first-generation Acura NSX graced our presence many, many years ago, but it still has to be a surprise that it’s slower than the Ford Focus RS. Even if you take the 1997 Acura NSX-T model with a 3.2-liter mated to a six-speed manual, the most generous 0-60 mph time is 4.8 seconds. Something tells us that the new Acura NSX will leave the Focus RS in the dust though.


BMW E90/E92 M3 – 4.8 seconds with manual transmission

One of BMW’s most popular sports cars is actually slower than Ford’s hot hatch. Last generation’s BMW M3 when equipped with a manual transmission goes 0-62 in 4.8 seconds. Now, those that opted for the non-manual transmission will do the sprint in 4.6 seconds. It is worth noting that independent testing saw sub-four second sprints from the E92 M3.


2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS – 4.8 seconds with manual transmission

When the American sports car market heated up in 2010, the Chevrolet Camaro SS led the pace with a 4.8-second 0-60 time when equipped with a manual transmission. The automatic gearbox did allow the coupe to do the sprint 0.2 seconds faster. But still, we’re talking about a 6.2-liter V8 with 426 hp when paired to the six-speed manual or 400 hp when mated to the automatic.


2016 Audi TTS – 4.7 seconds

Enough with sports cars that are outdated. How about the all-new Audi TTS? Believe it or not, the 2016 Audi TTS with 292 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque and an S-tronic transmission goes 0-62 in 4.7 seconds. Sure, that’s a tie on paper but you’ve got to be intrigued to see what will be faster in the real world.

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Dariansdad Dariansdad on Oct 01, 2015

    Oooh, let's compare more 20-year-old cars to a new model. OK, how about a Hyundai Elantra that beats a 1995 Beetle. Or a Hayabusa that beats a Honda Goldwing. Oh, oh, I know, how about this is a bullshit article that beats itself from click bait to trash.

  • Peteyone Peteyone on Oct 06, 2015

    Where did this writer learn his grammar with a headline like that? Pi$$ poor headline!

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