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Ford has finally taken the wraps off the 2016 Focus RS and we are in for a treat! As we hoped and was rumored the RS will be hitting American shores for the first time to coincide with the worldwide release.
Ford will be packing a lot of performance into this Focus including a 4-cylinder 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine derived from the Mustang making 320 or so horsepower which will rev to 6800rpm. The engine will be mated to a six speed manual transmission true to the RS history. This is also the first time Ford will be using a torque vectoring all-wheel drive system which will be able to shift up to 70% of the torque to the rear axle and in turn can transfer up to 100% of that torque to the right or left side to improving traction while cornering.
The RS exterior will have an more aggressive aero package that will not only look great will add to the car performance on and off the track. Adding to the looks of the car, its suspension has been overhauled with stiffer springs and sway bars. Slowing down will be an important part of this car and they haven’t forgot about them and it will have 4-piston caliper brakes under the larger wheels and tires.
The interior will also be performance-oriented with comfort in mind. The Recaro seats will be embroidered with RS logos and feature large bolsters to keep the driver planted and in control. Ford will also include a race inspired flat bottom steering wheel attached to the electric powered steering rack which will be sharper than the similarly impressive one in the Focus ST. Technology in the RS will include multiple screens with Ford’s own SYNC connectivity and 10 speaker stereo.
The car will go in the production later this year and will most likely priced similar to its main competition the Subaru WRX STi.
They decided to live stream the announcement worldwide. They spent time covering the heritage of Ford performance by showing some of the most iconic cars to ever hit the roads in Europe with the RS moniker. Be sure to watch the video of the announcement below to see all the excitement including a special appearance from Ken Block who is involved in the project as a consultant.
Ford has been subtly hinting that the Focus RS is coming and on February 3rd we finally get to see what they have in store for us. Historically the Focus RS was only available in Europe and this newest platform will be available globally. We have been getting small amounts of info here and there about the probable 2.3l EcoBoost engine from the Mustang which should make between 325-350 hp. Hopefully the rumblings about the torque vectoring all-wheel drive are also true to help put all that power to the ground. The styling should be more aggressive with added aero features and bigger wheels to make room for the larger brakes to tame all that power. If they these features make it to production this RS should make the competition pretty nervous.
Based on the teaser video below we are marking our calendar!
I was given the privilege of driving a brand new 2014 Ford Focus Titanium edition for a few days this past week and it was certainly something anyone would enjoy. Before you even get into the car you can forget about fumbling for your keys to unlock the door. The touch sensitive entry system and push button start are two things that really make life easy once you have them. The leather seats in the car are spot on for road trips or just cruising around the city. They make you feel relaxed, at ease and comfortable and with the heated leather they can help make those Minnesota winters more tolerable.
Once you start driving the car you notice that it’s quiet, like really quiet inside. Minnesota is known for having some terrible pothole filled roads and being in the thick of pothole season I had no problem with potentially jarring my teeth loose cruising around. My phone connected up to the MyFord Touch and the Sync System plus the Sony stereo system immediately starting playing Pandora on my favorite station. I was hesitant that the voice activation wouldn’t be able to recognize my voice because I’ll be the first to admit I mumble, bad. Sync really didn’t have any issues at all which was nice for changing the climate, radio stations or making calls by name.
The overall best part had to be the fuel economy. The 2 liter 4 cylinder with the ecoboost was getting insanely good fuel economy. I drove around for about an hour and the distance to empty range went from 167 miles left to 165 left. I know that can be taken with a bit of hesitation but I believe with just city driving I was somewhere in the 30-32 mpg range. I was certainly not use to getting such good mileage and that was a very welcomed change.
I would have to say that if I was in the market for a compact sedan I would head over to Morrie’s Minnetonka or Buffalo Ford and at the bare minimum take one for a spin. Not to mention the fact that I wouldn’t be paying for car washes for the rest of my car ownership isn’t such a bad deal either.