The hot hatch market just got very interesting with Ford unveiling the new Focus RS.
The new Focus RS is powered by the same 2.3-litre EcoBoost turbo four found in the new Mustang with upgraded new low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger, new integral components, larger compressor and intercooler, freer-flowing intake and a large-bore dual-pipe exhaust with electronically controlled valve. As a result the engine produces over 315bhp.
Final torque figure was not released yet, but Ford doe mention the car has an updated six-speed manual gearbox to cope with the additional torque compared to the EcoBoost Mustang which has 320 lb-ft.
Power is not sent to the front-wheel drive as one would guess, but to a new performance-focused all-wheel drive system with torque vectoring that can send as much as 70 percent torque to the rear wheels.
There are of course upgraded brakes, suspension with stiffer spring rates, bushings and anti-roll bars, as well as big 19-inch alloy wheels fitted with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres or optional Pilot Sport Cup 2 semi-slicks.
Visually the car reveals a new sportier bodywork featuring new bumpers,new grille, side sills, new rear spoiler, while the interior comes with Recaro buckets, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, alloy pedals and new gauges for turbo boost, oil temperature and oil pressure.
Performance figures will be announced in the near future, but Ford does promise the new Focus RS will corner at over 1 g of lateral acceleration on the skidpad.
It’s true rival is not the likes from Honda, Seat or Renault as it is an all-wheel drive car. In a way it goes strongly against the Subaru WRX STI.
Stay tuned for more details!