Incase you was in any denial, RS doesn't stand for "racing sport", that's for when we're talking about Audi's, but when we're talking about Ford's, it always and will be "Rallye sport". They started branding Ford's with this trademark signature to cars involved in Rallying. There. Simple as that. I'm not sure how I can elaborate more on that but that in itself is a very, very special thing. One benefit these days an RS badge is a sure fire certification that the value (which is important to a yorkshireman like me) will never be completely lost. At some point in the future, whether you're hiding a Fiesta RS Turbo in your garage or an RS200, it's going to pay of your mortgage. Which is nice, not nearly as driving them, but with interest rates as low as they are at the minute, it's food for thought.
The other benefit of having a V5 that says "RS" on it is the reputation it has. RS's are internationally acclaimed what with its rally pedigree. A perfect example: The MK1 Focus RS. I'm a big fan of that car for a few reasons: 1, It's probably the most motorsport influenced car ever made. Lightweight 18" O.Z wheels for instance , Brembo came it for the brakes, Bilstein suspension, a Quaife diff, I go cross eyed just thinking about that. 2, it looks fantastic. Ford made a real effort to make you look at the RS and forget totally about the donor being the car I used to get took to school in, and 3, they rallied it. It's as simple as that. Same as the equally if not MORE awesome mk2, up until 2011 the Focus WAS the RS, until 2011, when the Fiesta was caught in the groove, and that to me, is the start of the problem.
Up until I wrote this, Ford have rallied its awesome WRC RS Fiesta, and ever since they released it, the wide arches, the rear wing, the way it looks like its going 130mph while stood still, it's extremely coruscating. I almost feel like saying, and this hurts to say as an Escort RS Cosworth owner, the best looking rally Ford ever. I've always said that if they did the inevitable and build a four-wheel drive Fiesta, I would sell both my Fiesta ST and Escort Cosworth for one and buy it in cash. But what do I know. That's kind of Impression I got when Ford built the MK3 Focus RS, and it maybe hard for some people to read, the least RS car Ford has ever made. I don't care about it's four-wheel drive. I don't care about it's, ahem, Volvo blue paint, or even its twat button that sends power to the rear wheels so you can smash it into a roundabout and literally rocket it insurance premiums, to me, it's just all very very wrong, and I'm pretty surprised that no one else have picked up on this.
When did this...
...Become hotter than this?
I'm not even going to comment on it very STish looks (which I think every car bloke on every Ford forum has covered up to now) because the headline fact is that the MK3 Focus RS is the exact reason why there isn't a four-wheel drive Fiesta. This deeply gets to me, as a rally fan, and also as a Ford fan, that Ford haven't even attempted to fall away from what the American side of Ford want and not what the whole Ford community (including the great american ford fans) actually need. I almost feel as all RS and Ford fans should get together in some sort of chorus and plead with Ford to build undoubtedly what they are destined to make. Even if we did, I feel as if that would actually deter them more, and I dunno, build another pointless RS I guess.
But we can only dream.