Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Sunny Melbourne, Victoria
Re: Importing an RS
Slight difference being it's a Focus and not an Escort... let me explain, it's not so much for the speed coa you'd just gou out and buy and EVO if you wanted that, it's more about the exclusivity and the fact that it's a Front wheel drive that'll pull 0-100 in less than 6 seconds, will kill a WRX round a race track thanks to it's Quaife LSD and is unique. Naturally if you wanted to slaughter everything in the world you'd get a Cossie but remember they're 10 years old now... the Focus you can score at 12 months old which makes a difference, parts are easily available here from standard Foci (obviously excluding a lot of the turbo specific parts).
It is actually illegal to import and Register an RS here as an owned vehicle, it can only be brought out here as a Research/Evaluation vehicle. Because it doesn't differ enough from the current model Focus, only being a FWD and all, same bodyshell, it goes against competition laws which are setup to protect the new car industry. So you'd have to crush it or export it after your 12 months, I know which I'd rather do. Either that or not register it and just have it as a track car... the other way is to import into NZ and find yourself a Kiwi girlfriend with a house and a garage... I believe then after 3 months in UnZud you can then bring it here permanently, although I'm not certain about that bit.
So Either move to the UK, wait until it's 15 years old, or move to NZ. No other way (unless you're obscenely rich and can live with it becoming unroadworthy after 12 months which in my books would be just when you're settling into it!!!).
I still think it's worth to move to NZ, damn if I can move to Melbourne to work for Ford I can move to Auckland to own an RS eh bro... sweet as!!!
2002 Ford Focus Zetec - Machine Silver - 3 door
2 1/4 inch Cat-Back Exhaust, 40mm KW Lowering Springs, K&N Panel Filter, ST170 Indicators, Zetec Floor Mats, Darkest Legal Tint, Genuine 15 Rear Wheel kW FPV Sticker
European Ford Owners Club - Southern Region President