Plenty of threads on focusrs.org about folks that either don't feel the car is worth it, or that they don't feel it was worth buying, I strongly suggest folks head over and talk a bit over there.You are going to have a hard time finding anyone to admit they regret their $40,000 purchase. Whether they tell you the truth or not.
You're not going to see a limited production halo car that low, there's not going to ever be a glut of them since so far demand has far exceeded supply.I plan on going to the rs forum myself.. until i can get one out the door for around 35k its not worth it to me.. 45-50k that some of these guys paid puts other cars id like on the list of consideration.. not a Focus. I wont knock anyone that bought one, unless you paid over 50k then i think thats crazy.. But it comes down to what the car is worth to the person that buys it. Many have said its worth it and bought it.. to me it would have to be at or around 35 to make it worth it.
A different point of view is: It depends on what, if anything, you sacrificed to get one. I'd have to lop off an arm and offer it to Ford, but some guys can just toss this kind of cash on the finance desk without breaking a sweat. Driving away in an expensive car may only feel expensive if doing so takes you down a few notches, financially. If $45K cars are an everyday thing for you, it's probably be more 'worth it' than if you're picking up extra shifts and eating Ramen to do so.
Cost isn't everything, but for the price there are a few direct competitors and a few non traditional ones, as well as a myriad of other cars coming into reach if one were to take the mark up into consideration.Most of the replies center around cost which is a factor but if you're into driving then price becomes secondary. Coming from a stage 2 Sti, the RS is a nice upgrade and really out handles a stock STI.
The STI and RS are substancially more car than a front wheel drive ST, even when the ST has been modded. The AWD setups and power delivery are impressive...oh, and did I mention the cornering?
Like everything in life in boils down to priorities, funds, preferences and availability.
2016 Ford Focus RS Tested with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Tires ? Review ? Car and DriverHowever, once you transition to Michigan’s far-from-perfect public roads, housebreaking the RS proves to be the frustrating stuff of a ride-and-handling engineer’s worst dreams. This RS vibrates like a paint shaker on two-lane roads; it borders on unlivable when respecting posted speed limits. Crank up the velocity to criminal levels, and the RS actually settles down a bit. The ride evens out and the steering stops favoring the road’s topographical features and starts to better hew to the driver’s desires. But it’s a lot to ask of a driver—say, his or her license—when a good car is at its best only when doubling the speed limit. The dampers are adjustable, but the stiffer of the two settings is seriously overdamped for public roads. This track weapon never feels settled, and neither do its white-knuckled passengers. Going with the base tire won’t fix the brutal ride on rough roads, but it will quell some of the tramlining.
Wouldn't be very "simple" unfortunately since the entire rear end would need rebuilt around it. The 13-15k difference between the ST3 and the RS MSRP is to account for the "most advanced AWD system in the world" (source: Jeremy Clarkson - The Grand Tour )Saw my first RS in the wild yesterday. Pangs of jealousy, until I think of what he probably paid. Come on, Ford. Offer a simple Haldex AWD on the ST.