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2017 Ford Focus RS vs. 2017 Volkswagen Golf R - Head 2 Head Ep. 80

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  • - Hi there and welcome to a Head 2 Head that we've been
  • wanting to do for a very long time.
  • The hot hatch episode.
  • - [Voiceover] Not those hatches.
  • - Oh.
  • - [Voiceover] Those hatches.
  • - Oh yeah. Ford Focus RS and a Golf R.
  • - They're hot.
  • - They'll work.
  • - You sure we can't just light the Prius's on fire?
  • (engines zooming)
  • - Braking to death.
  • Yes, please.
  • - Yeah, buddy.
  • - Oh ho ho!
  • - Going off the range, gimme all you got.
  • (jaunty music)
  • - Well we did it, we finally got the Golf R together
  • with the Ford focus RS.
  • - Yeah ever since I drove the RS I wanted to get these
  • two cars together because I genuinely couldn't
  • decide which one was going to be better, but I love this car.
  • - Yeah it was a big shocker, Volkswagen boy.
  • - What're you talking about? (laughs)
  • - On today, of all days?
  • - Hold on, all right all right I'll take it off,
  • (muffled) I'm rooting for the better car
  • I'm rooting for the better car--
  • - Oh come on!
  • - What?
  • - All right whatever Volkswagen boy.
  • - So I own Volkswagens, you own a Ford Fiesta ST.
  • - First of all, my wife drives it--
  • - You bought it.
  • - Yes, but I only bought it, second of all, because Subaru
  • stopped making a WRX wagon, anyways--
  • - All that is a long way of saying--
  • - The point is-- - Who cares what we own.
  • - Right, but without any bias, the Mark VII Volkswagen Golf
  • may be one of the worlds' best cars, full stop.
  • - Absolutely, look we went over this with the Audi TT,
  • right, this is MQB based it's brilliant, however it's
  • brilliant to a bunch of engineers; to a bunch of kids
  • standing on the street,
  • it kind of looks like a Volkswagen Golf.
  • Once again a German car company has looked a market and
  • totally got it wrong, the people that buy 300 horsepower
  • all wheel drive hatchback's with manuals, they want
  • fast and furious, they want wings, they want crazy
  • they want that Focus RS, they don't want grandma's
  • hatchback and that's how this thing looks.
  • - Well it drives fast and furious-- well it's not furious,
  • is it, it's sort of Novocaine... but it's fast.
  • - Yeah, look I got to say, if we would have done this comparison
  • 10 years ago, I would have been like, ugh, this things boring
  • but as a 41-year-old gentleman, boy,
  • this is a pretty nice car.
  • - You're old, (both laughing) and so am I so I'd say yes.
  • - But I mean, getting back to the Golf being the best car
  • in the world, amazing the composure, the ride quality,
  • just the mechanical oily goodness of this platform.
  • It's unbelievable.
  • - This thing drives like an AMG S class that happens to
  • be a sub-compact hatch.
  • - Yeah yeah.
  • - Right? I mean the ride is amazing, the MPH control is
  • amazing, it sounds good, it feels solid, there's no rattles
  • everything you touch is really high quality,
  • that's impressive.
  • - They've done a great job.
  • - But it's also a $38,000 hatchback.
  • - Forty, the way it sits.
  • - Forty yeah. Um, so you drive, I'll complain.
  • Steering, really precise, dead.
  • - Little noney.
  • - Engine, revs high, feels like a light fly wheel,
  • huge turbo lag.
  • - And yeah it's kept a little dead below 3,000 RPMs.
  • - Right.
  • - But that's the nature of 2 liter turbos.
  • - Well, 2 liter turbos with turbos big enough to make
  • 300 horsepower, but, why does it sound like a 5 cylinder?
  • Volkswagen does this weird sound actor thing which is a
  • vibrator that they put on the firewall, and they put the
  • 5 cylinder sound actor in these cars (whhrlll) you
  • get this 5 cylinder warble, why?
  • - I think what it is, is your in the era where everybody's
  • got a performance version of a car, nobody starts off,
  • except for Porsche with a performance car, right?
  • You have to have the $20,000 version
  • and then you're going to put a bunch of stuff into it,
  • but you want to have an isolated ride, if it's like a Cadillac
  • for instance, you want it to be a Cadillac,
  • and then you put a Corvette motor in there and like
  • "Oh my god we need sound," so what's the cheat?
  • Come in through the speakers.
  • - Right. Other things I don't love:
  • Haldex all wheel drive.
  • - Ah, yes now explain that to our viewers at home.
  • - The Haldex is a brand name, and it's a brand name for
  • a system that has a take off shaft off the transmission
  • and basically this is a front wheel drive car that can
  • add rear bias.
  • - How much for your bias can it add?
  • - Fifty percent.
  • - That's it?
  • - That's it, but you can't ever decouple the front tires,
  • so Haldex and Haldex-type systems are a recipe
  • for under steer.
  • - Under power.
  • - You go to the gas, the only moves ever
  • going to happen is power; the car is neutral,
  • you can turn into a corner and it'll
  • get nice and loose in the back but as soon as you go
  • back to the gas, under steer.
  • - Right.
  • - Don't love that.
  • - Things I don't love; the shifter, it's sloppy it's
  • got that rubbery feel that German cars have and I'm--
  • - Yeah it's nice snickety, short throw, it's kind of a
  • long cable shifter, and it's a long throw and--
  • - Dude, what do you think that's from, you think that
  • German's never get Miata's or Honda's, they just--
  • - But German's get Porsche's and Porsche's have
  • great shifters... I think this is an economy car and
  • it has economy car roots.
  • - Right.
  • - And everything is light and tactile in an economy car,
  • you know you get a long shifter travel, long clutch travel--
  • - And it doesn't really translate to an R and this car
  • should have a big-ass spoiler on it, it should look a
  • little bit nuts.
  • - Yeah, stripes right?
  • I don't necessarily want to fake
  • exhaust pops and stuff like that, but it could have a
  • little bit more extreme personality.
  • - Yeah, the Golf R is not a boring car--
  • - No.
  • - It's just in the STI, VSS, TWRX
  • Focus RS, Focus RT segment--
  • - It's sober.
  • - It's a sober, mature -cherlin?- take on a segment.
  • - But it is fast as hell around a back road.
  • - It is really fast on a back road.
  • - There are very few super cars that can keep up with
  • hot hatches on back roads because they have all this
  • suspension travel and they're narrow, but- I have
  • a surprise for you.
  • - For me?
  • - Yeah can you pull over, right over here.
  • - Why does it have a hamburger?
  • - Oh, 'cause it's German.
  • - Oh what the hell is this? Come on, what is this?
  • - This is important stuff, this is science.
  • - Your dirty old sex toy is science?
  • - It's not old.
  • Okay look, she needs a heart transplant,
  • right she's barely clinging to life, you got to go up
  • the road, pick up the heart and then come back down
  • the road as fast as you can.
  • If you don't make it within two minutes, she dies.
  • - What if I don't care?
  • - You're being paid to care.
  • - Story of my life. All right.
  • - All right, hold on, you're going to need this.
  • - Oh come on.
  • - And now come on your mom will be so happy, he's a doctor!
  • Excuse me, I'm going to go get the Focus, I'll be right back.
  • - You get the Focus?
  • I hope you don't make it back!
  • - Right, launch control active Jonny will have no chance.
  • He he he.
  • - I bet you he's bragging about how he's going to beat me.
  • (slow jazz music)
  • I need to see a doctor.
  • - I am not convinced there is any car in the world that
  • would be faster on this road then this RS over these jumps.
  • (rock music)
  • - 14 billion years ago the universe was a singularity and
  • yet somehow here I am standing in a lab coat in the middle
  • of a redwood forest, waiting for Jason to show up with a
  • jello heart for his blow up doll.
  • Life is absurd.
  • - There is nothing in this world that I enjoy more than
  • tormenting Jonny Lieberman with stupid challenges that
  • I know he hates except tormenting him with stupid
  • challenges and then beating him (evil laugh) which
  • I'm going to do without question.
  • - This is so stupid, you know I actually have a degree
  • in philosophy?
  • But like Nietzsche said, there is no moral phenomenon, only
  • moral interpretation of phenomenon.
  • - I have the win locked down. Here we go, here we go.
  • Come on, and ha!
  • - Fire! Fire! Axle on fire.
  • - What? Oh Jesus!
  • - Brakes on actual fire.
  • Don't tell me I didn't make it. I made it.
  • - Good news and bad news.
  • If I round down you did do it in about a minute 58
  • however, you caught the car on fire and that took
  • about three minutes to put out and walk over here so,
  • she's dead (record scratches).
  • - Shit.
  • - Exactly.
  • - Ugh, but I tell you what though, my insides are
  • rattled apart, that thing rides like it has sand in
  • the shock absorbers, it's just bleeeehhhha.
  • - All right all right no more excuses, show me your heart.
  • (laughing) Dude that's a crime scene.
  • (Jonny laughing, Jason laughing and gagging)
  • - Well, so she died twice, congratulations, good job.
  • - Thank you.
  • - Let's have a moment of silence for our dearly departed
  • and them I'm going to go drive the Golf.
  • - 'Kay. Ahh!
  • - Okay Volkswagen Golf R delivering a heart
  • I've never launched this car in my life so I'm going to
  • pretend 4,000 RPMs and dump the clutch
  • is the right way to do it.
  • - Johnny, ready in three two one. Go!
  • - Nope! (laughs)
  • - He's got no chance.
  • - Oh oh oh! Boy you know one thing I wish Volkswagen
  • offered on the Golf R is more tire,
  • if this thing had a set of cub 2s like the Ford has
  • - 26 seconds in, I bet he's already complaining,
  • "Oh my god you had filut sport cub 2s, I only have Conti's
  • "blah blah blah," slow poke.
  • - I'm just not trusting the rubber on this.
  • The car feels really good, the grip is great when you're
  • pulling out of corners, but actually cornering
  • getting tire squeal and it's not what you want when
  • you're driving as close to as hard as you can.
  • But boy I do like this engine quite a bit,
  • compared to the Ford it really revs out.
  • - Listen, he's going to go to that jump, he's going to slow
  • down to like 10 miles an hour and just go eeeeek
  • right over it.
  • That'll save him like 30 seconds right there.
  • - Gettin' a little airborne, my neck hurts, okay
  • tires squealy squealy but you know what, for as fast
  • as I'm going it's fairly relaxed in here.
  • - Oh dear, can someone call the coroner, please?
  • - For as dumb as delivering a jello heart to a sex doll is,
  • (laughs) I'm really having a good time.
  • 'Kay here we go, breaking zone.
  • - Oh, wait hold on, here he comes, and stop.
  • - Well, despite everything I thought that was actually
  • a little bit of fun.
  • - Or poor you.
  • - And I'm thinkin' this thing actually rides okay,
  • I think your hearts going to be in good shape, and there's
  • quotation marks around that heart.
  • - Doesn't matter.
  • - What d'ya mean?
  • - She's dead. 15 seconds late.
  • - Oh my god.
  • - I want to look at that. Heart looks good.
  • - I mean if that's your definition of good, looks okay.
  • - Success-ish!
  • - Yeah I'm so sorry she's dead, anyways enough of this
  • nonsense, let's go drive the Focus.
  • - Let's go.
  • - Which of course will just be more nonsense.
  • - [Jason] Seriously!?
  • (jazz music)
  • - I'm going to do something different.
  • After I point out that this thing rides like absolute
  • garbage, I'm not going to say a single bad word, I'm not
  • going to complain about anything.
  • - Okay I'm going to come up with three things I like about it,
  • and then I guess I've have to do all the nitpicking.
  • - Okay.
  • - I love the paint, totally boyish totally silly, what
  • is this one called--
  • - [both] Sacré bleu? (laughing)
  • - It should be, let's see, I love the fact that they
  • actually were like, "Ya know what, here, 350 horsepower,"
  • I mean it's such a crazy number--
  • - Stupid.
  • - And also "Hey, here's 350 pound feet
  • "of torque as well, do it."
  • - Lot of power.
  • - Lot of power, I love that and I love the fact: stick only.
  • - Yeah I was going to say that!
  • - 'Cause you know what, that's just cool.
  • - There's no faster way to dilute your sporty car than to
  • offer with an automatic.
  • Sorry.
  • - Well, if it was a dual clutch, hey ya know it's still
  • quick and all that-- - Nah, pphhhtt.
  • - But I love the philosophy behind, okay stick only.
  • - Right.
  • - We know we're not going to sell as many as we could, but
  • the people that do buy it will love it--
  • - Love it more.
  • - And they'll talk it up, like this is my special car.
  • - But, okay, torque vectoring and I'm not talking about
  • torque vectoring by braking because it has that too,
  • but actual torque vectoring.
  • - Yeah.
  • - So, unlike the Haldex system, this thing sends power to
  • the diff at all time and then there are two clutches,
  • one for each side that can decided whether or how
  • much power to send to the rear.
  • That diff is over driven which means it's spinning faster
  • then the front wheels are so as those clutches engage,
  • it tries to turn the rear wheels faster than the front,
  • which means it can transfer more than 50% of the power
  • to the back and because it gets to do it on an
  • individual wheel by wheel basis, it can do things like
  • this full throttle through this corner - wooooo! -
  • I really don't think there is a car in the world,
  • not on planet earth that can deal with a back road
  • like this thing, unbelievable.
  • - I mean, it's incredible for a hot hat, I think it a
  • Nisan GTR'd leave it for dead and I think--
  • - I think it'd rip it's front bumper off and--
  • - Nah, and like a 911 turbo, however, listen to what
  • I'm coming up with as things to compete with my $40,000
  • Ford, are Nissan GTRs and Porsche 911 turbos,
  • this thing is utterly amazing.
  • - Ridiculous.
  • - It really is and again, is it compromise?
  • Yeah, are all cars that we
  • really love deep down compromise?
  • Of course! - Seventy-five!
  • Listen, I love that Golf R, but I love this Focus RS
  • and here's why, this engine might not have the best
  • personality and has a lot of fake noise, listen now,
  • ready--(revving motor) ugh, I don't know why they're
  • making this have terrible noises.
  • - It's kind of in stereo, it's weird.
  • - It's coming through the speakers--
  • - It's off, it's off a little--
  • - It's awful and it's this weird like, 40 hertz resonant
  • thing that blows your eardrums out, it sounds like
  • absolute garbage and I know why, because this engine
  • sounds like shit outside, too.
  • I mean, really, judging as a car, right, the Golf is a
  • far better car than a Focus is.
  • - Again, only engineers care, I would say they got
  • the big stuff right here: steering wheel, excellent
  • shifter, better that the Volkswagen--
  • - Wait wait wait, go back to steering wheel.
  • Steering, unbelievable.
  • This is an electrically power assisted front wheel
  • drive based car that has no torque steer and yet
  • all of this information's coming through brilliant.
  • - They did a good job, and it's about as good as a
  • front wheel drive based car can get in terms of steering.
  • - Oh yeah.
  • - This is up there with like the old Integra's,
  • you know what I mean?
  • - Yeah.
  • - It's just like real good.
  • - This is unbelievable.
  • I will say that this ride is truly, unnecessarily harsh.
  • And I like a hard ride but this is just absurd.
  • And the fact that the Golf can mostly keep up with this
  • on a back road without losing composure in the corners,
  • tells me that it's really just not necessary, I mean
  • it's fun, hey let's see if we can get opposite lock again.
  • (tires squeal)
  • - Look at that!
  • - Okay that was a drift.
  • - See? - That was a drift.
  • - Drift in a hatch.
  • - Yeah that was a drift, I felt the rear move
  • but these tires are just a little too sticky for
  • drifting, actually speakin' of too sticky and
  • kind of gimmicky and unnecessary things, we haven't really
  • talked about drift mode.
  • - Drift mode is a simple gimmick to allow you to do
  • donuts, it's a misnomer it should be donut mode.
  • And for that we need a big parking lot and mysteriously,
  • through the magic of television, every time we need a
  • parking lot, or race track, we pull up and we're on one.
  • - Magic.
  • - But, could you please explain to me why it's always
  • 900 degrees at a race track.
  • - 'Cause they build 'em on the sun.
  • - It's unbelievable.
  • - Oh, come on, spare me, please.
  • Jesus Christ.
  • - What?
  • - Nothing, nothing at all.
  • - Just another Volkswagen shirt.
  • - I'm going to leave mine on so they don't see my AMG tattoo.
  • Go, go. Jesus Christ. (both laughing)
  • - [both] All right, drift mode.
  • - So if I remember correctly, you just basically put
  • it in first gear, turn the wheel, and floor it.
  • (tires squealing)
  • - [Jason] It's doing it!
  • - [Jonny] Okay, it's pretty good.
  • - [Jason] Poor thing!
  • - [Jonny] I take it all back, that's pretty good.
  • How abusive is that to the rear end, though?
  • - Horrible. It's horrible to this poor car.
  • Even I, who was born without the gene for mechanical
  • sympathy feels bad for this poor car.
  • All right, C minus for the drifting?
  • - It was actually better than I thought, but
  • hey, best front wheel drift car ever.
  • (laughing)
  • - I love that all wheel drive has solved the basic problem
  • of the hot hatch, which is that you can't really have
  • that much fun on track, 'cause they just under steer.
  • Not this one, I mean, these cup 2s have so much grip
  • that your can't really get this thing sideways under
  • power but it does go pretty neutral and really rockets
  • out of corners--
  • - What the hell is that?
  • - Prius's! We've been Prius-ed.
  • - We can't go anywhere in California without
  • hittin' a Prius.
  • - There we go, goodbye. (honking at Prius's)
  • - It's ridiculous.
  • - Goodbye, goodbye.
  • - It's unbelievable. What the--?
  • - Well you know, these are hot hatches, we keep
  • saying how fast they are in real world traffic and
  • look at how quickly we blew through those Prius's.
  • - We really should have lit those things on fire when we
  • had the chance.
  • (Jason laughing)
  • - Let's get back in the Golf with one caveat from me,
  • as VW fan boy, though, it's got no chance in keeping
  • up with this car because of the tires.
  • - We're here for fun, man, tracks aren't always about times.
  • They can be fun, too.
  • - Ya know what's going to be fun, air, right here, ready?
  • - Yeah. - Boom! (laughing)
  • The suspension is not too hard on track, though, is it?
  • - It's perfect on track.
  • - And you know it's interesting, you actually feel a good
  • bit of body roll.
  • - What's also cool is, a car that's so aggressive it
  • can attack a race track like this, the limits are low,
  • you know what I mean, it's not like we're going 150
  • miles an hour in a corner, it feels just as fun as
  • if we were, but it's a really cool package.
  • - I'm going to disagree with you about the low limits
  • because this cornering force is unbelievable,
  • I will say it's an easy car to drive.
  • [Both] Yeah.
  • - You're not risking a lot to have as much fun as would--
  • - Speaking of risking, Prius (honking at other cars).
  • - You got it, bam bam bam. All right, later Prius's.
  • - God, they're like sloths, and they're everywhere.
  • - Unbelievable, even on a race track you can't
  • even have fun anymore.
  • - Oh, I'm having plenty of fun now.
  • All right, let's go and drag race the cars.
  • - Um, why are we on the drag strip?
  • - Because we're going to drag race, but hold on,
  • I have to engage launch control.
  • - So if I went right now you wouldn't be able to launch
  • so in the real world this is the faster car, but you have
  • like an M5S, 15 step process to get the launch
  • control activated?
  • - Driver assist, hold on launch control. I got it.
  • Okay ready?
  • - No, I'm not ready, you have more power, more torque
  • more tire, a better all wheel drive system and a wing.
  • This is hopeless, is there any way to launch this
  • Volkswagen hard?
  • This is hopeless.
  • - Why do you think you're in the Volkswagen?
  • - All right, you know what, I refuse to lose another
  • one of these, cue the intern.
  • - Seriously?!
  • - You're the one who insisted on being in the Ford,
  • so that's what you get.
  • - All right I'm ready now. Three, two, one. Go.
  • (engines roaring, tires squealing)
  • We beat the Prius.
  • Winner winner, chicken dinner.
  • - [Jonny] All right all right all right,
  • enough of this gimmick crap.
  • - [Jason] Drag races are never gimmicks, but yes,
  • let's do that.
  • Of Christ, there's those Prius's again.
  • - Oh, check this out, world's first Prius slowing (honking).
  • - Don't like you! Don't like you!
  • Ya know this thing handles pretty good around Prius's.
  • - Hate you! Let's be honest, we're not really accomplishing
  • much on this race track, but we are showing that the
  • anecdote to having to drive appliances like that
  • are cars like these.
  • - Ya know, I got to say I'm surprised at how good
  • those thing is on track.
  • - It's a great little track car.
  • - You think of hot hatches just 10 years ago
  • they overheated immediately, the brakes went to
  • the floor, immediately, they under-steered terminally
  • and they weren't all that fast, they were great on a back
  • road but terrible on a race track.
  • And this one, even despite the Haldex all wheel drive,
  • is still fun and still good--
  • - I think a lot more of this car after driving on
  • track then I did driving on the road.
  • - I'll tell you what--
  • - Even though it's good on the road, it's just a blast
  • out here on the track, but anyways we do need to conclude
  • this episode, so I suggest we
  • exit the race track and pick a winner.
  • - So, what have we learned?
  • - Nothing, we're still professional idiots.
  • - (laughs) No, we've learned that all hot hatches are
  • amazing, especially these two.
  • - Uhhuh.
  • - We've also learned that this color,
  • sacré bleu, is better than wolfs burg schnoz berry.
  • - (laughing) Yeah, that's true, we've also learned
  • that on a back road both these are great cars however,
  • this one is in a league of it's own.
  • - And it does drifts, and it's faster in a drag race.
  • - Mmhmm. And it's faster on a race track although,
  • I'm going to say something a little weird,
  • I think the Volkswagen's more fun,
  • you have to work harder for that speed,
  • where it's almost easy in this, but let's be honest,
  • the Ford leaves the VW for dead on the track.
  • - Oh they're in completely different leagues.
  • And part of that is due to the tires
  • and part of it's due to torque vectoring all wheel drive,
  • that makes a huge difference.
  • But, while I agree with you that that car is slightly
  • more fun on the track, it's not really fun when
  • you're just driving.
  • - It's not special, like at the gas station this morning
  • the kids came up to look at this one, and I'm like,
  • "Hey guys, I'm right here, also with a cool hot hatch,"
  • and it didn't count.
  • - No. And $40,000, that's real money, and so my question is
  • if you're spending real money on what is effectively
  • a compact economy car, do you want a really good car,
  • or are you spending that money for fun?
  • - I'd be spending that money for fun.
  • - Even with the Ford's ride quality?
  • - Even with the ride quality.
  • - Even with that silly spoiler?
  • - Even with that wing.
  • - Yeah, me too.
  • - And there for the winner of this Head 2 Head is:
  • - Not the Volkswagen.
  • - The Ford Focus RS.
  • - Yep.
  • - Jason, burn that shirt.
  • - Nope.
  • - Seriously, burn it.
  • - Seriously, no.
  • - Intern, where's my torch?
  • - Intern, I paid you $50 to not give him the torch.
  • - Huh, can we get another intern?
  • - Come on, seriously, you're going to light stuff on fire?
  • Think of this environment, this whole hill would go up.
  • - Then we just like four miles a gallon
  • for the last three days in this thing?
  • - Eleven! Prius like, isn't miles per gallon.
  • - There's no people here, who cares if we burn this down?
  • - But, the cars'll burn.
  • - That's a good point, I kind of like these cars, plus I
  • got to drive this one back to L.A.
  • - Yeah, I'll take that home for a month. Or a year.
  • I'd totally go with that car--
  • - This would be a good, kind of daily driver.
  • - It would. Yeah, yeah.
  • - I still like this one better.
  • - Yeah, me too.

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On this episode of Head 2 Head, presented by Tire Rack (http://www.tirerack.com), Jason Cammisa and Jonny Lieberman set out to find the ultimate hot hatch. These cars feature plenty of power, grip, agility, and, most importantly, fun — and who doesn’t love fun? There’s perhaps no quicker, more enjoyable way to bomb down a winding road than in a turbocharged, all-wheel-drive compact hatchback.

Volkswagen invented the hot-hatch genre in the mid-1970s with the front-wheel-drive GTI. Adding all-wheel drive and more power to the GTI begets the 292-hp Golf R, which makes it the fastest iteration of the car that won Motor Trend’s 2015 Car of the Year award. But it’s got a new competitor, and, looking at the numbers, the Ford Focus RS could be king of the segment. With 350 hp from a 2.3-liter turbocharged I-4 and a fancy torque-vectoring rear differential, it threatens to out-gun the Golf R both in a straight line and in the corners. Plus, it has Drift Mode! Can the Ford’s fancy technology beat the VW? You’re going to have to watch to find out!

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