Ford Focus RS is US Bound and Awesome

Mike Schlee
by Mike Schlee

Rejoice America, the third-generation Ford Focus RS will finally be available here.

Billed as the most powerful production Focus ever, power comes from a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that is similar to the one found in the 2015 Mustang Ecoboost. For the Focus, a few parts of been upgraded and output raises slightly to 315 HP.

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A six-speed manual will be the only transmission available and for the first time on a Focus RS, power will be sent to all four-wheels. Using two electronically controlled clutch packs at the rear of the vehicle, torque can be split side-to-side for true torque vectoring. Up to 70 percent of total engine power can be diverted to the rear axle while 100 percent can be sent to either rear wheel.

For claims this helps produce controlled drifts at the track, making the Focus RS a hell of a lot of fun. Besides rear torque vectoring, the RS’s all-wheel drive system can shift power front to rear while the front wheels can brake individually to further help rotate the car.

Other exclusive RS chassis features include stiffer spring rates and bushings, larger antiroll bars and two-mode switchable dampers. A choice of Michelin tires can be fitted to the Focus RS including the optional Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires – yes, similar to those found on the Corvette Z06 with the Z07 package.

Inside are heavily bolstered partial-leather Recaro seats, a new flat-bottomed steering wheel and an additional bank of gauges.

The Focus RS will be the 30th car to wear the legendary RS badge and it sounds like it will not disappoint its predecessors.

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Mike Schlee
Mike Schlee

A 20+ year industry veteran, Mike rejoins the AutoGuide team as the Managing Editor. He started his career at a young age working at dealerships, car rentals, and used car advertisers. He then found his true passion, automotive writing. After contributing to multiple websites for several years, he spent the next six years working at the head office of an automotive OEM, before returning back to the field he loves. He is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA). He's the recipient of a feature writing of the year award and multiple video of the year awards.

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