Subaru Impreza WRX STi VS Ford Focus RS MK2

In this rivalry, we compare two of the most powerful C-Segment hot hatches of the late 00s. On the left, the Subaru Impreza WRX STi, an AWD hatchback with racing heritage and a boxer 2,5 litre engine producing 300 hp / 221 kw in base spec. On the right, the Ford Focus RS MK2, the most powerful FWD hatchback of its time with sporty credentials and a five cylinder 2,5 litre engine producing 301 hp / 224 kw.

So lets start with a design battle before we move on to their specifications.





ModelSubaru Impreza WRX STi hatchbackFord Focus RS MK2
Engine Displacement2457 cm32521 cm3
Fuel SystemMultipoint Fuel InjectionMultipoint Fuel Injection
Power (hp)300301
Power (kw)221224
Power (@rpm)@6000 rpm@6500 rpm
Torque (Nm)407440
Torque (@rpm)@4000 rpm@2250-4500 rpm
0-100km/h5,2 sec5,9 sec
Top Speed (km/h)250 km/h263 km/h
Top Speed (mph)155 mph163 mph
Consumption (lt/100km)10,39,4
CO2 (g/km)243 g/km
Gearbox6 MT6 MT
Weight1505 kg1468 kg
Length4420 mm4402 mm
Width1798 mm1842 mm
Height1478 mm1484 mm
Wheelbase2619 mm2640 mm
Front Track1529 mm1586 mm
Rear Track1539 mm1587 mm
Boot Space300350
Tire Size245/40 R18235/35 R19
Front Brakes326 mm Ventilated Discs336 mm Ventilated Discs
Rear Brakes316 mm Discs302 mm Discs

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