Overnight Ford announced the 2016 Focus RS, that features aggressive styling and a new 2.3L EcoBoost engine. Ford say that it’ll produce in excess of 315 horses, or 234kw in our language. The great news is that when this rocketship goes on sale, it will be available in major markets around the world, that means Australia, and of course the U.S.
This engine will be feature a 6-speed manual transmission, clearly expecting to satisfy the ‘real drivers’ who tend not to like the flappy paddles. A big change this time over the previous model is that in 2016, the Ford chucked in all-wheel-drive to avoid that dreaded torque steer, inherit with powerful FWD. This new system includes dynamic torque vectoring to maximize traction and corner handling, while minimizing understeer, something also found on the Kuga. This allows up to 70% of the power to be sent to the rear.
Ford are also adding electric power-assisted steering has been tuned to deliver connected and responsive steering with outstanding feel. If you’ve ever driven a car (like the Focus ST) that has this, you’ll understand it’s a great addition.
For the best off-the-line performance, the driver can select launch control. This lets the car be launched in first gear at full throttle and the system manages the torque through the all-wheel-drive system providing maximum acceleration for the available traction.
The exterior appearance details of the Focus RS create a performance image that the car lives up to with a unique front grille, front fascia, 19-inch wheels and stance. In fact, key elements of the design provide additional performance, including a rear diffuser, front spoiler and rear spoiler, which contribute to zero lift overall for optimum high-speed handling. The large front opening enables more airflow for engine cooling, and brake ducts are incorporated into the frontend design.
The interior appointments include heavily-bolstered, partial-leather covered Recaro sport seats, a new steering wheel with a race-inspired, flat-bottom steering wheel and a series of additional gauges above the center console that show turbocharger boost pressure, oil temperature and oil pressure. The RS design theme can be seen in the seat stitching, floor mats and interior trim, and the RS logo is incorporated into the seats, steering wheel and door scuff plates.
The 2016 Focus RS full availability will be announced later this year and will hit streets in 2016.