Earlier this month, BlackTopMedia’s Tony Yates was in the fortunate position of testing both the All new U.K. specification 5.0l V8 Mustang and the all new Focus RS, coming away from the experiences extremely impressed with both. So it was really was no surprise to hear that this year’s Ford Performance newcomers, were voted best Hot Hatch and Drop Top at the 2016 Scottish Car of the Year.
And so as part of #FordFrenzy week, MotorMartin has been informed by the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers that their Hot Hatch of the year, the Ford Focus RS, was chosen for a number of different reasons, top of the list being that it pioneers All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring, plus selectable drive modes including the industry first “Drift-mode”. Impressive indeed.
Quite unbelievably and proving that the county of Essex is always ready to embrace a new Fast Ford, over 2,000 Focus RS hot hatches have been delivered in the UK this year – 350 of those in Scotland. General consensus being that as the Focus RS being powered by a specially engineered version of Ford’s 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine delivering 350PS and sprinting from 0-62mph in 4.7sec to make it the fastest accelerating RS ever, this is an engine that is surely going to be remembered as one of the greats.
Alisdair Suttie, ASMW secretary, shared with MotorMartin that: “Whether it’s off the line, through the gears or round corners, the Focus RS is simply the best hot hatch of the year, and perhaps the best ever. It couldn’t deserve this award more.”
Alongside the incredible Focus RS, the all new Ford Mustang, which is already the UK’s best-selling high performance car within six months of going on sale in January, has been named Scottish Drop Top of the year. The iconic American muscle car comes with a 5.0-litre V8 engine, or a 2.3-litre EcoBoost, and is available alongside the RS from 75 UK FordStore dealerships and MotorMartin desperately wants one.
Stephen Park, ASMW president, explained that: “No other car launched this year delivers such a sense of occasion for the money as Ford’s Mustang. Choosing a Convertible with the mighty V8 engine delivers sensory overload. This is a thrilling muscle car in every respect and one which should prove to be a sound investment with strong demand equalling strong residuals.”
Danny Bell, Ford Britain’s district manager for Scotland, informed MotorMartin that: “Ford’s excellent new performance range has the power and capability to make the most of this region’s flowing road routes. Scottish dealers are benefitting as a result and will be further buoyed by the Association’s endorsement.”
The Focus RS is available from £31,250, and the Ford Mustang is available from £31,745 for the 2.3-litre EcoBoost and £35,745 for the 5.0-litre V8 GT, which would appear to be quite extraordinary value for money when you consider the thrills to be had with either of Ford’s new performance champions.
Where will you go?