Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Ford Press | posted March 27, 2015 13:10
Ford will be holding the premiere of the US-spec Focus RS at the New York Auto Show
After making its global reveal at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, Ford has just announced that they will be presenting a US model of the Focus RS during this year's New York Auto Show.
“Customers have begged for the Focus RS to come to the United States for years. And now we can say that they are getting one of the most innovative, powerful and best-looking RS cars ever. That is special,” said Raj Nair, Group Vice President, Global Product Development pf Ford Motor Company.
Ford did not provide the exact specification of the US-bound Focus RS but they did say that the car is slated to arrive in US dealerships next spring. Available colors for the US-bound RS are: Nitrous Blue, Stealth Gray, Frozen White and Shadow Black.
In retrospect, the 2016 Focus RS is fitted with a 2.3-liter inline-four EcoBoost engine that can also be found in the all-new Mustang. It will reportedly develop more than 319 PS while the official torque figure is yet to be released by the company. The increase in power was all down to a new low-intertia twin-scroll turbocharger that has a larger compressor and bigger intercooler that maximizes air density.
The powerplant is mated to an AWD system that runs on a special twin-clutch pack placed on each side of the rear axle which delivers 70% of the power to the rear wheels on normal conditions. It is underpinned by a sports suspension that consist of adjustable spring rates and two-mode switchblade dampers.
Interior equipment fitted on the Focus RS include: Recaro sports seats, digital gauges for the instrument panel, turbo boost pressure, oil temperature and pressure and an 8-inch touchscreen SYNC3 system.
A nifty feature on the all-new Focus RS is the Drift Mode and their own version of launch control. The car's Drift Mode sets the car in such a way that it alters torque distribution in all four wheels which allows the driver to control oversteered drifts.
Over to launch control, Ford claims that the car will be able to deliver better acceleration off the line as the system will maintain maximum torque by using a turbo overboost function, override the traction control and specifically setting the damping system.