Ford is revealing the all-new 2016 Focus RS on February 3. After months of speculation and rumors, the company finally released a short teaser video clip that shows the Focus RS sliding sideways on a closed course. This performance version of the Focus is somewhat of a myth in the U.S., as previous versions have only been produced for the European market. So why is everyone so excited about?
Previous versions of the Focus RS used an upgraded Duratec ST engine, a front-wheel drive train, updated gearbox, and sports suspension. The 2009 version had a top speed of 163 mph and an acceleration of 5.9 seconds from 0 to 60.
The 2016 Focus RS will reportedly use the same EcoBoost engine found in the new Mustang. If true, we can expect great performance improvements and over 330 raw horsepower.
The RS suspension is also getting a refresh, as Ford has put some real engineering behind it. It features a limited-slip differential and Ford’s own RevoKnuclke front suspension, which helps stabilize the car when steering at high speeds.
Spy photos and people familiar with the project have spotted a few changes to the 2016 Focus RS’ body. More specifically, changes could include twin exhausts, a re-styled front bumper, and upgraded headlamps.
Thanks to Ford’s new global strategy, U.S. consumers can rest assured the new Focus RS will be available at home. During the 2015 North American International Auto Show, Ford announced its renewed commitment to performance vehicles, which got enthusiasts excited. Rumors about a new version of Focus RS have been floating around since 2012.
While some features have not been officially confirmed, the latest clip from Ford strengthens speculation of an AWD drive-train. Other rumors include extra cooling areas on the front of the car, 19-in alloy wheels, and an updated 6-gear automatic transmission.
Regardless of the specifics, Ford will certainly have a winner in the 2016 Focus RS, as it will strengthen the overall Focus brand and will add options for consumers.
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