The 2016 Ford Focus RS comes with a number of performance features that will set it apart. It gets an industry first Drift Mode.
have been thrilled with the hot hatch Ford Focus RS since its
introduction in 2002, but U.S. performance enthusiasts could only look
and not touch until now. That all changed as Ford unveiled the new 2015
Ford Focus RS at the New York International Auto Show.
RS has been recently redesigned by Ford Europe and will make its way to
U.S. shores. The car grows up and gets a little less extreme on the
outside. It has a more sophisticated look and still has a very muscular
character. It’s what is underneath that exterior that gets performance
The 2015 Ford Focus RS will be powered by a
2.3-liter EcoBoost engine from the Ford Mustang. Ford says the hot RS
turbocharged engine will pump out at least 315 horsepower and 320 lb. ft
of torque. It will also feature Ford’s new Performance All-Wheel Drive
system with Dynamic Torque Vectoring.
The system continuously
varies front-to-rear and side-to-side torque distribution to suit the
driving situation. A maximum of 70 percent of the drive torque can be
diverted to the rear axle and up to 100 percent of available torque can
be sent to each rear wheel, improving handling and cornering stability.
will offer an industry-first drift-mode on the new hot hatch, a feature
that will no doubt thrill performance enthusiasts. In the video below,
Tyrone Johnson, Vehicle and Engineering Manager at Ford says the new
Focus RS will be just as hard core and a driver’s car like the outgoing
model. The Drift mode allows the driver to do controlled oversteer
maneuvers on the track.
There are other modes in the hot hatch;
Normal, Sport, Track, and Drift that changes how the car performs.
Johnson says, “Track Mode makes the car very fast on the track, with all
the systems, AWD and Torque Vectoring working together. It also makes
the car much flatter and stiffer in the corners over the previous RS.”
mode is for everyday driving still keeping the suspension stiff, but it
makes it more comfortable as a “long journey car.” The customer gets
both, a track car that can be used as a daily driver and a car that can
be taken on long road trips. Chief Program Engineer Ford Focus RS, says
the new RS will be “much more exhilarating and a fun to drive car” than
the model it replaces.
Other features on the new 5-door hatch
that will make it more fun for performance enthusiasts will be the car’s
front splitter, rear diffuser, and rear wing that all work together to
create “zero lift” at speeds as high as 155 mph. Ford Focus product
marketing manager Omar Odeh told Automobile, “The exterior trio keeps
the RS from producing aerodynamic lift at speed and the car doesn’t go
‘light’ at speeds, improving driver confidence.”