Ford Focus RS Mk1
- Mileage: 54,147
- Year: 2003
- MOT Expiry: November 2022
- Exterior Colour: Imperial Blue
- Interior Colour: Black / Blue
- Top speed: 144
- 0-60mph: 6.3
- BHP: 212
- Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
- Engine Capacity: 1988cc
- Engine Configuration: Turbocharged Inline 4
When it was launched in 2002, the Focus RS was the first Ford to wear the fabled RS badge in six years after the demise of the much-Loved Escort RS Cosworth. Available as a limited run until late 2003, the front-wheel drive Focus RS was powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre 16-valve Duratec engine that produced 212bhp and had a top-speed of 144mph. It was available in only one colour – the striking Imperial Blue – and was off-set with a body kit that was influenced by the Ford Focus WRC car. Attractive 18-inch OZ alloys wheels completed the look.
The RS’ aggressive styling extended to the cabin, with race-inspired Sparco seats and blue-black trim to match the exterior. In terms of handling, the first generation Ford Focus RS didn't disappoint, and the motoring press praised it for its impressive performance, despite it being down on power compared to WRC-inspired rivals such as the Subaru Impreza and the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo.
Imperial Blue paintwork, Blue and Black leather / Alcantara upholstery, 5-speed manual transmission, Sparco sports seats, 18-inch OZ Racing alloy wheels, Brembo brakes, Carbon fibre centre console, Push button start, Numbered plaque (4448), Leather-trimmed sports steering wheel, Sparco handbrake grip, Sparco pedals, Electric windows, Electric door mirrors, Tailored RS carpet mats, Spare key.
The body of this example presents in nice original condition in line with the car's mileage. The paintwork has a lovely deep shine and there are no signs of any corrosion. The front bumper and bonnet have a light scattering of stone chips and there are a few on the door mirrors and rear arches. All of the lights are free from cracks or moisture ingress and the plastic trims around the car are in good condition and again all free from damage.
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The interior is also in nice order. The driver's seat only has minimal wear to the edge of the bolster and the passenger and rear seats are immaculate. The dashboard, centre console and door cards are all in excellent condition as are the carpets and headlining. The boot area is very clean with no signs of damage to the plastic loading area or carpet.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Popping the bonnet reveals a nicely presented engine bay, which is overall standard other than some upgraded hoses and a Miltek performance exhaust system. The car is accompanied by a great maintenance history with 10 service stamps in the original service booklet. Since arriving at 4 Star the car has been fully inspected and freshly serviced for the new keeper’s peace of mind.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The factory RS OZ Racing alloys are all in good condition with no major curb marks but there are some light chips to report on close inspection. The wheels are shod in a matching set of Pirelli PZero tyres that have seen very limited use having only been fitted in August 2021. The brakes are also in fine order, with new front pads and discs fitted at 53,461 miles.
This well-presented example was first registered in September 2003; it was supplied new by C D Bramall in Hertfordshire and has now driven just 54k miles in the hands of only 5 keepers, the current since 2018. The History File is complete with a raft of invoices, numerous MOT certificates, the leather RS document wallet with all handbooks, and the original service booklet with entries at the following mileages: 3,867 – 6,398 – 10,581 – 17,104 – 36,881 – 41,163 – 45,972 – 51,152 – 53,274 – and 53,461 miles. At the current mileage we have just had a full mechanical inspection and major service carried out ready for the new keeper.
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