2016 Ford Focus RS vs. Mitsubishi Evo X Final Edition Drag Race Gets Brutal

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2016 Ford Focus RS vs Mitsubishi Evo X Final Edition Drag Race2016 Ford Focus RS vs Mitsubishi Evo X Final Edition Drag Race2016 Ford Focus RS vs Mitsubishi Evo X Final Edition Drag Race
There are tons of books and movies out there on the master vs. apprentice theme, with most of them following the same steps: apprentice demonstrates prodigious growth, adds hard work and finally one-ups the master. Well, all those pieces follow a similar script because the real life examples of such adventures are incredibly strong and we're here to show you such an example.
It all has to do with the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X Final Edition and the 2016 Ford Focus RS - these nameplates mean that even an untrained eye can easily tell the role of each car here.

The piece of footage at the bottom of the page shows the two duking it out, with the hostilities, unfortunately, taking place on the street. Nevertheless, we get to see what happens in both a standing and a rolling start scenario.

We won't drop any details on the action here, as we want the video to do its job. However, we want to talk about the forging process of the Blue Oval's hot hatch.

The RS actually comes to fill the void created by the Evo's departure (they call it the Final Edition for a reason) and while the Subaru STI is still alive and kicking, the dated feel of the Scooby might make many customers turn to Ford. And once the Blue Oval gets over the initial production number issues and early release tech problems, its manic hatchback will act as an even stronger customer magnet.

Sure, the Focus RS is now in its third generation, but since the first two were front-wheel-drive machines and didn't come as global vehicles, the Ford Performance team behind the car had to go back to the drawing board.

And it's obvious that the crew, led by former Mustang chief engineer Dave Pericak, studied the two JDM delights mentioned above all too well, just like they studied the BMW M3 and the Porsche 911 GT3 when coming up with the Shelby GT350.

P.S.: Number fans among you will be reminded that the Focus RS packs 350 hp and just as many lb-ft, while the Evo X comes with 291 hp and 300 lb-ft. And both cars mix manual trannies with high-IQ all-wheel-drive systems.

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