Drift Mode Makes the Ford Focus RS Even Better

The Focus RS is fast. With 350 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, Ford claims it can go from 0 to 62 mph in 4.7 seconds (sidebar: that means it was tested in Europe, where 0-to-100 kmh is the standard). Jonathan Elfalan, in charge of road tests for Edmunds, recorded a 4.9-second 0-to-60 time as his personal best, so real-world results are close to the advertised numbers.

This isn't a Mustang, though, winning its fame on raw engine power and drag-strip performance. It's a hot hatch. How does the Focus RS handle curves?

Its all-wheel drive system features the impressive ability to send 70 percent of torque to the rear axle, and uses Dynamic Torque Vectoring to send all of that rear-wheel torque to one side or the other, switching sides in "about the time it takes a humming bird to flap its wings four times," says Ford.

Given how precisely torque can be controlled in all four wheels, it's no wonder Ford took advantage to give the Focus RS a drift mode.

Drift mode allows the rear wheels to spin faster than the front for controlled oversteer. Elfalan laughs his first time trying it out, "You can do this all day!"

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