The Ford Focus RS made a wild return on the compact Focus at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. It is a reminder that Ford, once, won the World Rally Championship and had some high-performance hatchbacks such as the Ford Escort Cosworth. And now, the RS.
The look was fierce, with big bumpers front and rear with air-vents and a wing on the back. A roof spoiler would be an understatement for what what was mounted on top of the liftgate. And that is not only for aesthetic look. The 2016 has zero lift on aerodynamic forces.
The interior featured sport bucket seats, an integrated 8” touch-screen infotainment unit that had parameters monitoring functions.
It was an all-wheel drive beast that run straight for the crown of the hot-hatches territory. Its 2.3-liter turbocharged engine that boosts 320 hp was meant for this. The standard 6-speed manual was geared for performance. It had 350 mm (13.7”) front discs and 302 mm (11.9”) disc brakes on the rear axle.
The 320 hp was sent to the Ford Performance AWD system that was based on twin electronically-controlled clutch packs on each side of the rear drive unit. The system can manage the amount of torque that is sent to each wheel. The AWD system has been tuned to deliver exceptional grip - with lateral acceleration exceeding 1 g.
ENGINE SPECS - 2.3L EcoBoost 6MT (350 HP)
|Power:||257 KW @ 6000 RPM|
350 HP @ 6000 RPM
345 BHP @ 6000 RPM
|Torque:||325 lb-ft @ 2000-4500 RPM|
441 Nm @ 2000-4500 RPM
|Fuel System:||Turbocharged Direct Injection|
|Top Speed:||165 mph (266 km/h)|
|Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph):||4.7 s|
|Drive Type:||All Wheel Drive|
|Tire Size:||235/35 ZR 19|
|Length:||172.8 in (4389 mm)|
|Width:||71.8 in (1824 mm)|
|Height:||58 in (1473 mm)|
|Front/rear Track:||61.6/60.6 in (1,565/1,539 mm)|
|Wheelbase:||104.2 in (2647 mm)|
|Ground Clearance:||4.3 in (109 mm)|
|Cargo Volume:||9.2 cuFT (261 L)|
|Unladen Weight:||3139 lbs (1424 kg)|
|Gross Weight Limit:||4464 lbs (2025 kg)|
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
|City:||23.5 mpg US (10 L/100Km)|
|Highway:||37.3 mpg US (6.3 L/100Km)|
|Combined:||30.5 mpg US (7.7 L/100Km)|
|CO2 Emissions:||175 g/km|