MOST POWERFUL RS: The Ford Focus RS uses the same 2.3-litre Ecoboost engine used in the new Mustang. Image: Quickpic
Cape Town - We've reported on the Ford Focus RS extensively in the past few months.
The automaker confirmed the most powerful Focus yet will arrive in South Africa in July.
European media had the opportunity to drive the 257kW hatch in Valencia, Spain.
Fastest accelerating RS yet
The RS takes Ford's popular hatches into another realm with a 0-100km/h sprint of 4.7 seconds.
Ford teamed-up with stunt driver Ken Block as well as Top Gear's former Stig, Ben Collins, throughout the development of its new Focus RS. In fact, Block helped Ford Performance test its RS, you can watch that video here.
What does Ken Block think of the new Focus RS? Watch the video below to find out:
Former Stig drifts new Focus RS
Ben Collins, the man who revealed that he was indeed one of Top Gear's 'Stigs', also tested Ford fastest hot hatch. Watch him use the RS' 'drift mode'.
Watch: The Stig drifts the Focus RS
Focus RS compared to its rivals
How does the RS' 0-100km/h sprint time compare to its rivals:
Volkswagen Golf R - 5.2 seconds
Audi RS 3 - 4.3 seconds
Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy - 6.0 seconds
What about a Porsche? Porsche Boxster GTS - 5.0 seconds (manual)
The RS will reach South Africa in the first half of 2016.
Watch the Focus RS hit 100km/h in 4.7 seconds: