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  1. #11
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    We got over a foot of snow this weekend. The AWD sounds great.
    "The thing about quotes on the internet is that you can never really be sure if they are true or not" - Abraham Lincoln

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    I have owned RS for 18 months now. Agree with above , add a tune and really goes and handle, however suspension really hard. Mine at dealer now for head gasket recall. Got bad press and you can have 2018 under list easily. Fantastic in snow with winter tire wheel package!

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    I have an RS as a DD and absolutely love it. Quick and corners like it's on rails. With 4 doors it makes it very useable for errands and the like.

    You also get the added benefit of the RS Adrenaline Academy at UMC which is a blast too.

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    I test drove one, it was a bit dissapointing. The power is decent, but falls flat about on the top end right when you start to hear some noise. I tried the track mode on the street and OMG that thing was rough, in a bouncy way. It was so weird. Does the tune help the top end or sound? Anyone thrown and exhaust to help with the engine sound? I really wanted to love the car, it did have pull but overall it was just a bit disappointing. I think a little more top end and louder exhaust would make up for it, and the normal suspension mode seemed tolerable. Do yall drive in sport or normal, and on track is the track setting usuable? It literally was so bouncy it felt like a low rider on a relatively smooth concrete highway.

    Thanks for the input guys!

    Cavan
    05 MK IV Red w/ stripes
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    2.7 pulley & tune
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    Hi Cavan,

    Mine isn't tuned yet but I think that will help fix that "flat feeling" that you perceive near the top end. I don't like that feeling either and I think what's going on is that they map the throttle in such a way that they reserve a fair amount of power for their "over boost" feature. So when you mat the throttle you'll feel it kick in but it's not smooth or linear and only comes on when the throttle is wide open. I know they also limit the maximum torque in either the first 2 or 3 gears so it also adds to that non-linear feel of the throttle. My understanding is that a good tune will fix all that.

    You're right about the ride quality. It is stiff and I only drive around in Sport mode or Track with normal damper settings. Track mode with Sport dampening is way to stiff and bouncy for the road. On a perfectly smooth track it would be far more useable.

    Make no mistake, the RS isn't a proper track car but as a DD, a grocery getter, a family toter and an occasional open track day competitor for a novice/intermediate driver, it's quite the package. If you had the opportunity to throw it into a turn or two aggressively, you'll really appreciate it's capabilities.

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    Tune really helps. Cobb, montune, or other specialty tuners out there. Also “piped in sound” terrible and easy to unplug in trunk! Can add aftermarket exhaust. I attended adrenaline academy in Utah, it was recommended to use sport mode on the track! More info available on focus rs forum.

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