This year’s Ford Performance newcomers, the Focus RS and Mustang, were voted best Hot Hatch and Drop Top at the 2016 Scottish Car of the Year.
The Ford Focus RS, pioneers all-wheel drive with dynamic torque vectoring, plus selectable drive modes, including the industry first “drift-mode”. Over 2,000 Focus RS hot hatches have been delivered in the UK this year – 350 of those in Scotland. The Focus RS is powered by a specially engineered version of Ford’s 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine, delivering 350PS and sprinting from 0-62mph in 4.7sec – making it the fastest accelerating RS ever.
A Scottish Car of the Year spokesman said: “Whether it’s off the line, through the gears or round corners, the Focus RS is simply the best hot hatch of the year, and perhaps the best ever. It couldn’t deserve this award more.”
The new Ford Mustang, the UK’s best-selling high performance car within six months of going on sale in January, is the Scottish Drop Top of the year. The iconic American muscle car comes with a 5.0-litre V8 engine, or a 2.3-litre EcoBoost.
Another Scottish Car of the Year spokesman said: “No other car launched this year delivers such a sense of occasion for the money as Ford’s Mustang. Choosing a Convertible with the mighty V8 engine delivers sensory overload. This is a thrilling muscle car in every respect, and one which should prove to be a sound investment with strong demand equalling strong residuals.”
The Focus RS is available from £31,250, and the Ford Mustang is available from £31,745 for the 2.3-litre EcoBoost and £35,745 for the 5.0-litre V8 GT.