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The season will soon end - bringing gray mornings to Seattle, the crisp slap of fog against the pavement. The temperatures will fall; the sun will retreat; and the desire to blaze down the highway will fade, with drivers preferring to tuck themselves inside their warm homes.

Before the summer ends, however, Sound Ford Renton recommends one last lap around the city - in the 2017 Focus RS.



As Car and Driver explains, the new Focus RS is a seasonal powerhouse. This turbocharged hatch - which boasts a 2.3L inline-4 engine - generates 350 HP and 350 lb.-ft of torque, allowing Seattle consumers to roar down the track. A fluid six-speed manual transmission provides optimal control, while the AWD nimbly accommodates sharp inclines and sudden corners alike. Fitted with exclusive launch control, this platform can blitz from 0 to 60 in a mere 4.3 seconds.

This, as Car and Driver notes, places it well above the competition - with the 2017 Honda Civic Type R (4.9 seconds), the Volkswagen Golf R (5.2 seconds), and the Subaru WRX STI (5.3 seconds) all lagging behind. The Focus RS revs to a top speed of 104 MPH, leaving all other hatchbacks in the dust.

Want to sample this full-throttle performance? Visit our dealership today to plan the ultimate summer ride.