FOCUS RS PRICED TO KILL

FORD HAS announced local pricing for its long-awaited new Focus RS, and the news is good. The Blue Oval's latest hatch hero will start from $50,990, undercutting the likes of VW's Golf R ($52,740) and Renault Sport Megane RS275 ($52,990). Only Subaru's $49,490 WRX STI is cheaper and it can't match the 257kW/440Nm Ford for performance (0-100km/h is a claimed 4.7sec) nor equipment levels, with bi-xenon headlights, Recaro seats, dual-zone climate control and Ford's SYNC2 infotainment system all standard. The only options are prestige paint ($450) and 19-inch lightweight wheels wearing Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres ($2500).