Renault Megane RS250 2.0 (M), Ford Focus ST 2.0 (M) Review
Motorsports Stars

Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline
23 Feb 2013
 

Introduction

They say that racing improves the breed or at least that’s the marketing jargon that manufacturers would have you believe. In truth however, much of the R&D that goes into improving lap times usually don’t make it to the road. Nevertheless, the racing experience does give manufacturers an edge in producing reliable everyday performance cars.

The hot hatch segment has always been well received everywhere. It’s a simple recipe, take a small to medium sized hatchback, toss in a powerful 2.0-litre turbo, sort out the handling and you’ve got a winner. Although the true litmus test is the width of your smile as you toss the hatch from bend to bend.

And on this day, pearly whites are beaming. Being given the keys to two of the hottest hatches available right now does have that effect.  

Ford has a heritage steeped in the World Rally Championships. So it’s only natural that I would have high hopes for the ST even if it has lost a cylinder since the last generation. But that’s not to say all is lost with the Renault. And with all of Renault’s F1 experience, this comparison is not getting any easier. Considering our numerous experience in the RS, the ST is gonna have to pull out something huge from its bag of tricks to sway us over to the blue oval. 


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Engine

Engine Capacity 1998cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 250bhp @ 5500rpm
Torque 340Nm @ 3000rpm
Power to Weight 180.2 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 6.1s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 245 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 11.9 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Manual
Drive Type FF

Measurements

Body Type 3 Door Hatch
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4299 x 2037 x 1990) mm
Wheelbase 2636 mm
Turning Circle 11.35 metres
Kerb Weight 1387 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 60 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs

Engine

Engine Capacity 1999cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 9.3:1
Bore x Stroke (87.4 x 83.1)mm
Power 250bhp @ 6500rpm
Torque 345Nm @ 4450rpm
Power to Weight 187 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 6.5s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 248 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 13.2 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Manual
Drive Type FF
Steering Hydraulic

Measurements

Body Type 3 Door Hatch
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4362 x 2010 x 1451) mm
Wheelbase 2648 mm
Kerb Weight 1337 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 62 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs