Production of the Ford Focus RS has begun in Germany.
The highly-anticipated hot hatch packing 350 horsepower will make its way to U.S. dealerships this spring now that the first production unit has rolled off the assembly line in Saarlouis, Germany. According to the American automaker, sales of the Focus ST increased nine percent last year while the Fiesta ST saw a four-percent increase.
In the U.S., the Ford Performance lineup will add three new models this year with the Focus RS joined by the F-150 Raptor and the all-new Ford GT supercar that will enter production late this year. Ford Performance models currently include the Focus and Fiesta ST, Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT350R.
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In total, Ford Performance plans to offer a dozen performance vehicles to customers globally through 2020. The Focus RS is powered by a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine and is the fastest-accelerating Ford RS model ever with a zero-to-62 mph time of 4.7 seconds. It also features Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring, helping it reach a new level of handling, grip and cornering speed.
The hot hatch also marks the first time an RS model gets selectable drive modes, including an industry-first drift mode that allows controlled oversteer drifts.
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