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Last week, Morrie’s Automotive Group sent a team of brave souls – Adam, Gabe, and Alex – to the heart of Manhattan for the 2015 New York International Auto Show press days. Together, we were excited to see all of the latest and greatest cars, eat some pizza, and explore a little slice of the Big Apple. After arriving at JFK airport on Tuesday night, we took a cab to our hotel and quickly ventured out in search of food. While the street food vendor on the corner next to the hotel was tempting, we took the hotel doorman’s recommendation and grabbed some pizza down the street. After a few slices of pie, we quickly hashed out a plan for the following day and got some rest.
The first day of any of the big auto shows around the country is usually the most hectic, with a full day of press conferences, big reveals, and insane crowds. After getting checked in at Javits Center, we hatched a plan that allowed us to skip most of the crowds by avoiding the big reveals altogether and just check out all of the vehicles we could get access to. This included all of the latest and greatest at Ford such as the all-new Focus RS, Raptor, Ford GT, and GT350R Mustang. While we saw most of Ford’s new performance range back in January in Detroit, we were excited to see the Focus RS in production form for the first time in the US. The powerful little hatchback really stood out in its bright blue color. Hyundai and Mazda were nearby so we checked out the Sonata Hybrid and Miata as well. Perusing the rest of the show floor, we also made sure to stop by Cadillac to see the new CT6 as well as Lincoln to check out the sleek new Continental Concept. Maserati also had a few of their Centennial Edition GranTurismos on display that caught our eyes with the updated interior options as well as redesigned wheels. We also made sure to check out the Aston Martin Vulcan, which is simply insane in person. It’s shockingly long, low, and sleek. By the end of the day, we had taken over 800 photos and recorded 16 videos.
Day 2 of the 2015 New York auto show was a little slower, but no less exciting. Of the few big reveals we’d missed out on the day before, we had no problems getting up close to cars like the new McLaren 570S, Hyundai Tucson, and Subaru VT15x RallyCross car. We also made sure to stop by Nissan to check out the new Maxima later that day. A few other highlights of Day 2 included seeing the new Porsche Boxster Spyder, a handful of BMW race cars, pretty much everything on display at Alfa Romeo, and getting up close in personal with the incredibly rare and valuable McLaren F1 XP GT longtail and P1 GTR race car, one of just three ever built. We also managed to film another 10 videos before the day came to an end which made this trip one of our most successful auto shows to date!
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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!