Ford’s hottest hatchback is back, and is coming to the United States for the first time. That’s right, the all-new Ford Focus RS will be available globally and U.S. enthusiasts couldn’t be more excited. Ford Focus RS is a high performance compact that has found wild success in Europe, where drivers prefer hatchbacks. This generation, however, puts the RS in a whole different level. Here’s why.
For months, Ford fanatics speculated over the Focus’ drive train. Some said AWD would be impossible in such a small car, while others feared a front-wheel-drive would be too similar to the Focus ST. So what did Ford do? They delivered with a new technology called Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control.
The new AWD technology allows a new level of handling and capability. Besides delivering power to all wheels, the system distributes torque to where is most needed, up to 70% of it to the rear axle if necessary. Combined with a highly responsive steering system, the Ford Focus RS delivers the best handling and performance experience.
To provide enough power for all four wheels, Ford went overboard and decided to use the same EcoBoost engine used in the 2015 Mustang: the 2.3 turbo-charged. The result? A small hatchback with well over 315 horsepower.
The new RS is also debuting a new exterior, which is more muscular and functional. The design team focused on aerodynamic downforce and air intakes, which help with the overall engine and brake cooling.
Focus RS also gets Ford’s latest in-car technology. SYNC connectivity for navigation, music and climate gives drivers easy access to all controls. For improved fuel efficiency, the new Focus RS relies on its EcoBoost performance and Auto Start-Stop technology.
While Ford didn’t say when the new hatchback will be available, we’re expecting to see it hit dealerships in 2016. Stay tuned for more news on the Ford Focus RS.
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