2016 Ford Focus RS officially teased
Promising to tell all on Feb. 3, Ford has provided a peek at a lightly disguised prototype of the hot, new 2015 Ford Focus RS model undergoing testing in Europe and the U.S. As we reported last month, this Mk3 iteration will be the first time the RS is offered in America and if the rumors are true, it should be a car well worth waiting for.
When Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development confirmed this new global-spec high performance Focus, he noted: "To earn the RS badge, a vehicle has to be a no-compromise driver's car that can deliver exceptional performance on the track when required while providing excellent everyday driving." To that end, we expect the new Focus RS to arrive packing a 2.3-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine tuned to produce somewhere between 300-350 horsepower and matched to a 6-speed manual transmission driving the front wheels. Beyond more aggressive bodywork and a fully-sorted sport suspension, the Focus RS also is likely to offer some sort of torque-vectoring system, driver-selectable stability/traction controls, upgraded brakes and a 19-inch wheel/tire package.
Designed and developed by the new U.S.-based Ford Performance organization, the Focus RS is one of a dozen new performance vehicles the automaker plans to introduce by 2020 and will be sold in over 100 markets worldwide.
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