Auto Sport tester Christian Gebhardt puts Ford’s all-wheel-drive monster through its paces.

We know how it compares to a rally-prepped Subaru on snow, but how fast can Ford’s newest hot hatch lap the famed Nürburgring? As this video shows, Auto Sport tester Christian Gerbhardt hustled the turbocharged, all-wheel-drive Focus RS around the ‘Ring in 8 minutes and 6 seconds, a time that puts the car midway between the performance of the BMW M2 and Honda Civic Type R.

German publication Auto Sport has conducted its own ‘Ring tests for years, and while the numbers are comparable to other ones run by AS, they can’t necessarily be put up against figures issued by carmakers themselves. Sport Auto’s lap time with the Civic Type R, for instance, was 8:15, while the BMW M2 managed 8:01. Yet Honda and BMW claim 7:50 and 7:58 ‘Ring times for their cars, respectively.

Nonetheless, the time set by the Ford Focus RS in this video is a seriously impressive one. Based on Auto Sport numbers, the RS outruns such cars as the KTM X-Bow, Porsche Cayman R, Honda NSX-R, and Lamborghini Diablo SV around the Nürburgring. It’s also only one second behind the lap time that AS recorded for the BMW M3.

When you check out its statistics, though, it’s hardly a surprise the Focus RS is an extreme performer. Underhood is a 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-four rated for 350 horsepower (261 kilowatts) and 350 pound-feet of torque (474 Newton-meters). A six-speed manual transmission sends power to standard all-wheel drive, which has a clutched, torque-vectoring rear differential to help distribute power to the ground. And coupled with adaptive suspension, huge Brembo brakes, aero parts that eliminate lift, and tires that are claimed to provide 1.0 G of cornering grip, the RS has all the ingredients needed to cook up a fast lap time.

See how that all comes together with the in-car footage of the Focus RS’s Nürburgring lap above.

Source: Auto Sport