The Focus RS is finally headed our way. It will have a 2.3-liter turbocharged four, come standard with a six-speed manual and a unique torque-vectoring system. Ford says it can hit a 100K’s in under 5 seconds.
Ford in Australia are talking up this new Focus as the latest example of their expanded performance lineup for Australia & New Zealand. It will showcase the Ford Performance team’s ambitious attitude that is a feature of their innovation delivering refined power, a high level of technology, advanced Ford Performance, all-wheel drive and uncompromised driving dynamics that is true to the spirit of the Ford RS nameplate.
According to Ford, the Focus RS is the result of an enormous R&D investment into its vehicles. In 2015 Ford Australia has invested around $300 million in R&D and almost $2 billion over the last 6-years.
The new Ford Focus RS will start rolling into Australian showrooms in the middle of 2016. This car is a rally inspired hatch and is powered by a performance developed EcoBoost engine producing 257kW of power with lots of noise throughout its range.
It looks like it will be available with a long list of performance extra’s, including the manual transmission, all-wheel drive and Brembo brakes.
This very cool Focus is distinguished from others in the Focus range by a front fascia and grille with inlets to assist with engine cooling and braking.
The rear fascia includes a diffuser and twin exhaust outlets with aerodynamics that allow for zero lift. The RS rides on very smart 19-inch alloy wheels, space age bi-xenon headlights with inbuilt LED daytime running lights.
This performance vehicle will compete directly with other hot hatchbacks like the Volkswagen Golf R, the Subaru WRX STi and the Renault Meganè 275 and will have a lower window price and is more powerful than all its rivals, in other words it should do well.