The much anticipated 2016 Ford Focus RS is a third-generation Focus RS and
The third generation Ford Focus RS follows a long line of affordable but high-performance family of vehicles which started with 15M RS. As the first Focus RS to be released globally, it has been designed keeping the international audience in mind.
The Mega-hatch car sports a 5 door layout and an exterior that appears to be a heavily modified Focus ST. Compared to its predecessors, the RS badging has seen some reduction on the sides and the blue RS letters have been moved to rear spoiler`s end plates. The wide-open front directs massive amounts of air to radiator and intercooler. Two outboard openings, on either side of front, supply air for cooling the heavy-duty Brembo brakes which hover menacingly beside the 19 inch wheels. The openings also house a pair of fog lights. The flared nose and wheel-arches give this beast an aggressive look but in comparison to the previous models, it certainly has a slightly relaxed feel to cater to international demand.
Ford has clearly worked hard to give this beast a truly racing look. Apart from the Recaro sports seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and the ubiquitous RS Badges already available in the standard model, the Asian and European models come with the option of Recaro shell seats. Voice commands and/or an 8-inch touchscreen can be used to control the audio system, GPS, satellite navigation, climate control system or even smartphones. The advanced SYNC connectivity is truly awesome and a simple command “Find a race track” provides the directions to nearest public circuit. Another set of instruments above the center console display boost pressure, oil temperature and oil pressure.
2016 Ford Focus RS boasts a 2.3-litre four-cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost engine which delivers 316 hp (according to some sources even 345 hp ) via 4WD. In comparison to the EcoBoost engine already available in the Mustang, this version has an uprated intercooler, new twin-scroll turbocharges and a bespoke exhaust system with an electronically controlled tailpipe valve. Top speed of the new Focus RS is about 170 mph (270 km / h) and accelerates 0-60 mph (0-100 km / h) in less than 5 sec.
The new electronically controlled twin-clutch four-wheel drive system can distribute 70 percent of torque to rear wheels. The ability to redirect 100 percent of that rear-channeled torque to either of the individual wheels gives the vehicle an incredible steering response and great pull out of the corner. Adding to this, the Ford’s latest Dynamic Torque Vectoring system keeps the car safe and stable all the way through a difficult bend.
2016 Ford Focus RSPrice and Release Data
The 2016 Ford Focus RS is expected to sell at around $38,000 – $43,000 in U.S and about €32,000 – €36,000 in the European Markets.
Ford has clearly left no stone unturned, be it the international launch or the highly-sportive look, in making this machine a worthy rival to its competitors, the likes of which includes Volkswagen Golf R, Subaru WRX STI, Audi RS3, Mercedes A 45 AMG and Honda Civic Type R. Beginning of sales is expected late this summer.
Ford has announced price for 2016 Ford Focus RS, which will total $ 35.730 for US market. This is slightly lower than the rates that we previously announced, but we expect the right information when the car appears on the market in early 2016.