Meet the all-new Ford Focus RS hot hatchback – a familiar fast family car features four-wheel drive for the first time.
The Ford Focus RS is the hotter and more powerful version of the standard car. It goes on sale globally early 2016. It will be the 30th vehicle to wear the RS badge since 1968.
The new Focus RS is a high performance car that debuts the innovative Ford performance all-wheel drive, delivering class leading cornering speed, thrilling performance and an ultimately fun driving experience.
It will be powered by a 2.3 litre Ecoboost engine which is an updated version of the unit available in the new Ford Mustang. The engine boasts 316 bhp (brake horse power) and reportedly accelerates to 60 miles per hour in less than five seconds – significantly less than the Ford Focus ST.
The new model comes as standard with 4WD (four wheel drive) to ensure even greater traction and a high performing drive. This will enable the car to compete directly with the Audi RS3 Sportback and Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG.
Despite the impressive power, CO2 emissions are reduced by around 20% compared to the old RS.
The new Ford Focus RS also features a ‘Dynamic Torque Vectoring’ system, which balances power between the front and rear wheels to maximise grip on the move. It’ll come fitted with a firmer sports suspension, which can be stiffened or softened depending on whether the driver wants a sportier or more comfortable drive.
Ford says, that all these systems help the car to drive comfortably and controllably, even when corning at very high speeds. The engine is connected to a performance exhaust, which Ford says is designed to “deliver a rewarding and sporty sound during spirited driving.”
The new Focus RS will be sold as a five door model and six-speed manual gearbox only.
The Ford team has worked hard and significantly upgraded the Focus RS; changes include the use of stiffer spring rates, bushes and anti-roll bars. To emphasis the track capabilities of the new Focus RS, it will be available with a specially developed semi-slick tyre for the first time in the Ford range.
The power assisted electric steering system has also been updated and Ford describes it as “connected and responsive steering with outstanding feel.”
Design and styling
With a powerful engine, the Focus RS has a dramatic exterior design which delivers enhanced aerodynamics and cooling. It will sit on 19 inch alloy wheels, Brembo brakes, bi-xenon headlights, adaptive front lightning and a range of sporty touches.
Getting inside, the Focus RS gets sports leather Recaro seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, alloy foot pedals, a unique instrument graphics within the main cluster and an eight-inch color touch screen.
The Focus RS is also fitted with Ford’s Sync2 connectivity system, as found on the high-spec Ford Focus that provides easy access to audio, navigation, climate control and mobile phones via voice control.
UK buyers can choose the Focus RS from four colours : Nitrous Blue, Stealth Grey, Absolute Black or Frozen White.
Prices and availability
Production for the new RS will be begin at Ford’s Saarlouis manufacturing plant in Germany later this year. The prices have not announced yet, but expect to be around £30,000 for a basic list price.
The full specification will be revealed when the car makes its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. Till then, it’s great to see RS is back with bang.