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Ford Focus RS vs Renault Clio – Saint Etienne, France

July 15th, 2011 by Andre

While driving in the French Vosges, more specifically in Saint Etienne at the Place de l’Hôtel de Ville, I spotted this rally-inspired, hot hatch duo just waiting to square off against one another on a dusty mountain pass somewhere. In one corner, the Lime Green Focus RS…so bold, flamboyant and boy racer in appearance. Don’t be fooled by the economy car underpinnings though. This muscle has got plenty of hustle behind it…300 ponies worth. Thats good enough to move the little rocket from a standing start to 60 MPH in less than 6 seconds. Sitting alongside it, the more understated Clio RS, all business-like and functional in white. The black wheels, dual exhaist and tints add a menacing touch. The verdict…Europeans love them some hot hatchbacks.

 

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