2016 Ford Focus RS vs Subaru WRX STI: The Race We Want To See

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For the past year or so, there has been one sports car that managed to impress us in every way. It is none other than the latest Subaru WRX STI. The sports sedan is powered by the 2.5: 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that offers 305hp and 290ft-lbs of torque.

The icing on the cake is with the WRX STI’s versatility on the roads. The car is more than just being fast as it can be driven as a daily driver. The best part is that the WRX STI can perform better than most other vehicles that share the same price bracket.

Come spring next year, Ford will be releasing the next-gen Focus RS and the sports hatch promises to offer a better performance than the WRX STI. The Focus RS is confirmed to run on the Mustang-sourced 2.3L 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine that is packed with 350hp and 350ft-lbs of torque.

It basically means that the Focus RS is more powerful than the Subaru WRX STI. Then again, we can’t determine the winner between the two based on papers. We need to see a full road comparison and also a race being competed by both the Focus RS and WRX STI. Which car do you think will win it all?


  1. Drew

    December 30, 2015 at 12:18 am

    I can’t wait to see that comparison! For an early determination I think the Focus RS might run-a-way with the win. Read some reviews and it seems Ford was really focused (no pun intended) on making a hardcore all wheel drive beast. Sorta filling in where the Evo X left. Remember Ford was rallying the Escort way before Subaru or Mitsubishi. The STI sure has advanced over the past decade, but it’s heart and soul the boxer engine is out dated. I purchased a ’06 STI new (I drive a MK6 GTI now) when I was in my early 20’s and a friend of mine has a ’14 STI and though it’s great it just doesn’t have that same simplistic magic that the earlier one’s had.

  2. Warner

    December 30, 2015 at 12:26 am

    I own a 2013 ST1 hatch with 60k+ mi. Replaced the blown factory mill at 22k with a Cosworth short block tuned to 285 at the wheels. I keep up with M3s and 911s and am generally very impressed with its performance and handling. The materials and build quality are my big complaints. I have a 2016 Focus RS on order, and am really excited. I believe it’s going to blow a lot of people away, and is destined to become one of the most outrageously fun and celebrated cars ever built. Way to go, Ford!