Ford has officially revealed the new Focus RS, a high-performance hatchback
that will be available in the US for the first time. It will come with an
all-wheel drive system, which contributes to performance never before seen in a
The all-new Focus RS is equipped with a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine producing 350 horsepower.
"The all-new Focus RS is a serious machine with high-performance technology and innovative engineering that sets a new benchmark for driving exhilaration on the road and track," said Raj Nair, group vice president, Global Product Development, Ford Motor Company. "The RS line has a proud history of technical breakthroughs that have migrated to mainstream Ford vehicles to benefit all of our customers, and the new Focus RS is no exception. It's a great example of our passion for innovation through performance, and creating vehicles that make people's hearts pound."
Developed by a small team of global Ford Performance engineers, the new Focus RS is the third generation in the line, following models launched in 2002 and 2009. It will be the 30th car to wear the legendary RS badge, following such technology trendsetters as the 1970 Escort RS1600 with 16 valves, 1985 Sierra RS Cosworth with turbocharging and radical aerodynamics and 1992 Escort RS Cosworth with four-wheel drive.
The all-new Focus RS is the first-ever RS model that will be sold around the world, including the United States, and produced for all markets at Ford's Saarlouis, Germany, manufacturing plant beginning late this year.
Gymkhana and World Rallycross star Ken Block was brought on as a consultant on the 2016 Focus RS.
With neutral and adjustable limit handling, and the ability to achieve controlled oversteer drifts at the track, Focus RS delivers an exceptional fun-to-drive experience, according to Ford.
Production of Focus RS with 2.3-liter EcoBoost begins later this year.
The 2016 Focus RS will compete with models such as the new Mini JCW, VW Golf GTI, Honda's upcoming new Civic Type R and rival hot hatches from the likes of Seat and Renault, but the closest rival might be the Subaru WRX STI.
Focus RS' Aggressive Exterior Design
The Ford Focus RS' exterior design was developed to support the dynamic objectives. Careful aerodynamic optimization of the front splitter, rear spoiler and underbody features eliminates lift forces, and the final design delivers balanced performance with zero lift front and rear for good high-speed handling and stability.
The dynamic side profile is emphasized by sculptured rocker panels, and the bold wheel lips that house a choice of multi-spoke 19-inch RS alloy wheels - including a high-performance lightweight forged design finished in low-gloss black, which offers enhanced strength and impact resistance.
At the rear, the fascia panel is dominated by the exceptionally large diffuser, which optimizes airflow from under the vehicle and contains the twin round high-performance exhaust outlets. Focus RS for Europe and Asia markets will also get a clear central fog lamp. The distinctive rear roof spoiler is carefully integrated with the car's silhouette through body-colored side panels featuring a subtle embossed RS logo.
Four striking exterior colors include Nitrous Blue, a vibrant four-coat metallic finish exclusive to RS, as well as Stealth Gray, Absolute Black and Frozen White. The car revealed in Cologne features the same special Liquid Blue color scheme first seen on the all-new Ford GT revealed last month at the North American International Auto Show.