Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Ford | posted June 06, 2016 07:53
Ford may consider hotter version of the Focus RS
An even more powerful Focus RS may soon arrive from Ford after Motor Magazine recently reported that the Blue Oval brand is closely watching the reaction of clients of the new hot-hatch.
Apparently, if sales and market perception of the 2016 Focus RS are good, Ford will develop a limited-run model called the RS500 which will have an uprated powertrain, reduced weight and better handling. In addition, Ford insiders also said to the publication that Ford aims to make the RS500 as the most powerful hot-hatchback to date.
Exact details of the rumored Focus RS500 are not available but it is expected that the most powerful Focus could get an array of suspension, engine and aerodynamic upgrades. For starters, it might get a new bumper for better cooling while carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) components could replace certain body panels for less weight. Better handling and stopping power could come in the form of an electronic limited slip differential, forged aluminum suspension parts, carbon disc brakes and a simpler interior.
In terms of powertrain, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost inline-four may undergo additional revamping. However, the engine already produces 350 PS and 474 Nm of torque which is already near the limits of the engine’s integrity apparently. The 6-speed automatic, on the other hand, may be ditched for a dual-clutch gearbox for quicker gear changing.
With the planned upgrades, Ford engineers are eying to make the Focus RS500 to be faster than the Audi RS 3 and Mercedes-AMG A45.
Note: Pictured above is the 2016 Ford Focus RS