Ford Focus RS adds yet another award to its collection

The Ford Focus RS has added yet another prize to its bulging trophy cabinet after picking up the Hot Hatch of the Year award from Auto Express.

New Focus RS cars in Dorset and around the UK have been proving popular with drivers, and more recently the model has also been picking up a whole host of awards from motoring specialists.

This adoration has seen the latest Ford Focus RS receiving awards and being honoured by the likes of Top Gear, Autocar and Vehicle Dynamics International.

Now Auto Express, the best-selling weekly motor magazine and website, has put the all-wheel drive model to the top of its class.

Ford Focus RS flames fanned

Steve Fowler, the editor-in-chief of Auto Express, said, “The flames of the hot hatch fire were well and truly fanned when the Ford Focus RS hit the market.

“Despite the muscular styling, the RS is still practical – just as a hot hatch should be.  Ford has put distance between the hottest Focus out there and its similarly priced competition – in fact graduating into the mega hatch league of Mercedes-AMG and Audi RS3, only a lot cheaper.”

A brand-new hatch costs £31,000. As a result of its popularity, Ford recently announced they had taken a staggering 4,500 orders around the UK.

Andy Barratt, who is the Ford of Britain chairman and managing director, told the Ford Motor Company Media Center, “For [the] new Focus RS to add Auto Express Hot Hatch of the Year to its trophy cabinet is yet another highlight in its still short life.

“Since specs and prices were announced 10 months ago, we have already taken 4,500 orders – around the UK’s first allocation. While we have secured additional cars, prospective Focus RS owners need to move quick to be part of this thrilling chapter of RS history.”

The 350PS Focus RS goes from 0-62mph in just 4.7 seconds and its 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine means speeds of up to 165mph can be reached.

Ford Focus RS fans can even watch how this multi-award-winning car was made by watching the below video.