2016 is finally here, and for some the wait has been excruciating. This spring, race enthusiasts will finally be able to get their hands on one of the most exciting performance vehicles of the year. Engineered primarily in Europe, the RS will be sold around the world (U.S. included don’t worry) for the first time. The Focus RS will most commonly compete with the likes of Volkswagon’s Golf R, and the Honda Civic Type R.
What’s under the hood you ask? Well let me just start this with a big Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor grunt, it’s good, real good. The RS features a turbocharged direct injection 2.3-Litre four cylinder engine which gloats up to 345 bhp and 325 lb ft of torque.
In comparison to other vehicles in it’s class the RS crushes the competition, the Volkswagon Golf R only features 296 bhp and 280 lb ft of torque where as the Honda Civic R includes 310 BHP and 295 lb ft of torque.
This engine is very similar to that of the Mustang Ecoboost with a new twin scroll turbo and an intercooler that has been increased in size from previous models.
The RS is only available in a 6 speed manual, which let’s be honest, anything else would be a bit of a disappointment… It also includes 4 separate launch controls (Normal, Sport, Track, and Drift) and an adaptive damper system. The drift feature is brand new and is only possible because of four wheel drive on the RS which allows up to 70% of the torque to be sent to the rear of the vehicle while also being able to pinpoint that torque and send 100% of it to the left or right side.
Jack Rix, a writer for Top Gear says it best really. “It’s a magical sensation, because unlike powerful rear-wheel drive cars, where the rear has a penchant for overtaking the front, the RS’ front tyres aren’t merely a static rotation point, they use that 30 percent of torque to keep things moving forward.”
If you’d like to check out his article the link is included at the bottom of this post.
And finally, Ford quotes the RS at being able to go from 0-62 mph in 4.7 seconds and having a top speed of 165 mph. It’s available to order now and comes in at a cool $36,605 msrp.
So if you’re in the market for a vehicle that’s about to change the way the performance game is played, look no further than the Ford Focus RS.