The Next-gen Ford Focus RS has gone on show at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show, and is available to order now
With the GT, new Mustang and the 2016 Focus RS on the horizon, times are exciting for Ford, and they just got even better following the reveal of new performance specs and prices for the latter.
The Focus RS comes to market next year, and Ford has revealed that car will do 0-62mph in just 4.7 seconds, and go on to a top speed of 165mph. Prices for the new Focus RS start from £28,940, which puts it directly in the firing line of the of the Voikswagen Golf R (£30,820) and the Civic Type R (£29,995), and nearly ten grand less than Audi’s RS3 and the Merc A45 AMG, that the Blue Oval’s latest creation should be capable of keeping honest.
Under the bonnet, the latest Fast Ford enjoys the marque’s EcoBoost technology in the form of a 2.3-litre engine, which pumps out 345bhp and 470Nm of torque. That’s less than the RS’s significantly more expensive Mercedes A45 AMG and Audi RS3.
It sounds as if Ford has tackled some of the the dynamic issues found in the older front-drive RS models, with the new car’s four-wheel drive system merely the tip of the iceberg. Underneath the skin lies full torque vectoring and launch control, both of which should cure any torque steer issues.
The most exciting feature Ford have included is the Focus’ much-talked about ‘drift’ mode. When engaged, 70 per cent of the cars grunt finds it’s way to the rear tyres.
All being well, the Focus RS should take the fight to the hot-hatch market, offering fantastic performance for the money.