Details lifted on new Ford Focus RS

Ford has lifted the lid on the third-generation Ford Focus RS, a model which looks set to be the highest-performing RS model ever to be constructed.

One of the biggest modern-day successes for Ford, the Focus RS brand was first launched back in 1999 and has become synonymous with high performance and blistering speed. Ford has been dropping hints about revealing the new Focus RS, and now the details are coming thick and fast.

With the intention of upholding the reputation of the RS badge, the new RS model – one of the most anticipated new Ford vehicles to be released in the years ahead – is powered by a turbocharged 2.3L engine, which can produce more than 316bhp. It’s actually an upgraded version of the engine found in the Ford Mustang, perhaps signalling Ford’s intent to bring the height of performance to the RS. The engine is linked to a six-speed manual gearbox that can offer faster and more accurate changes thanks to a shortening of the shift action. 

RDU could virtually eliminate understeer

The power will be distributed through an all-wheel drive system, one which uses incorporates twin clutch packs which are electronically controlled. Also worth noting is the Rear Drive Unit (RDU), featuring sensors which monitor the road 100 times per second to allow power to be evenly distributed between the front and rear wheels. Ford claims that this ‘virtually eliminated understeer’, offering an incredible drive for everyone inside the cockpit.

The new RS is also the first to become available with a specially-developed semi-slick tyre, further highlighting its capabilities as a track car as well as a road car.

In terms of release, the new Ford Focus RS will be available from official Ford dealerships across the country in mid-2016, and is expected to cost around £30,000. It’s thought the buyers will be able to choose from four different colours: Nitrous Blue, Stealth Grey, Absolute Black and Frozen White.

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