Ford has announced that the all-new Focus RS will sprint from 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds, making the high-performance hatchback the fastest accelerating RS model ever.
The Focus RS will reach a top speed of 165mph powered by a specially engineered version of Ford’s new 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine delivering maximum power output of 350PS. The all-new Focus RS optimises acceleration by introducing Launch Control technology to a Ford RS model for the first time. The model also debuts new Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring, for outstanding traction and grip with unmatched agility and cornering speed. The Focus RS is joined on display in Frankfurt by the full Ford Performance line-up for Europe, including the all-new Ford GT ultra-high-performance supercar, Focus ST wagon and 5-door models, and the multi-award-winning Fiesta ST.
“The all-new Focus RS delivers stunning performance and innovative technology at a price that will make both our customers and premium automakers look twice,” said Jürgen Gagstatter, chief program engineer for Focus RS. “After experiencing the acceleration and cornering capability of the Focus RS, drivers will question the sense in spending almost £10,000 more on a premium competitor.”
The Focus RS Launch Control system configures the vehicle’s chassis and powertrain systems to deliver the fastest possible acceleration, whatever the track conditions. The driver selects Launch Control from the cluster menu, engages first gear, applies full throttle and then releases the clutch. The system then delivers optimum drive – including distributing torque through the AWD system, maintaining maximum torque using turbo overboost function, managing the traction control system, and setting the dampers.
Developed by a team of Ford Performance engineers in Europe and the US, the all-new Focus RS is the third generation of Focus RS cars, following models launched in 2002 and 2009. The Ford Performance organisation serves as an innovation laboratory and test bed to create unique performance vehicles, parts, accessories and experiences for customers. This includes developing innovations and technologies in aerodynamics, light-weighting, electronics, powertrain performance and fuel efficiency that can be applied more broadly to Ford’s product portfolio.
The 30th car to wear the legendary RS badge, the Focus RS will be built in Saarlouis, Germany, and is one of 12 new performance vehicles Ford will bring to customers globally through 2020 as part of a new era of Ford performance. Ford expects delivery to European customers from early 2016. The Focus RS is now available to order with prices from £28,940.