After teasing it through a video of it last week, Ford Motor Company has finally revealed the 3rd generation 2016 Ford Focus RS in Cologne, Germany. Debuting with Ford's latest tech, the 2016 Focus RS features a redesigned exterior along with an EcoBoost powertrain that outputs more than 300 PS that is mated to an AWD system.
Even though its overall appearance still resembles the current generation Ford Focus, it has a more aggressive front end that features a wide trapezoidal grill, a splitter and large air ducts that cool the engine and brakes. Over to the side, it has rocker panels, flared wheel arches and 19-inch RS wheels wrapped in 235/35/R19 Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. Topping it all off is the rear end that features a diffuser, large-diameter dual exhaust pipes and a distinct roof-mounted spoiler.
Interior equipment fitted on the next-generation Focus RS include Recaro sports seats, a flat-bottom steering wheel, alloy pedals, digital gauges for the instrument panel, turbo boost pressure, oil temperature and oil pressure, and an 8-inch touchscreen SYNC system that can be equipped with a rear-view camera, park distance control and a 10-speaker system with a subwoofer from Sony.
Under the hood, it is equipped with a Mustang-sourced 2.3-liter EcoBoost inline-four engine that outputs more than 319 PS. Official torque rating is yet to be released but Ford stated that they had to modify the 6-speed manual gearbox to cope with the additional torque as the EcoBoost Mustang only produces 433 Nm of torque. The uprate in power was provided by a new low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger system that has a larger compressor along with a bigger intercooler that maximizes air density.
The EcoBoost engine is connected to an AWD which makes use of electronically-controlled twin clutch packs on each side of the rear axle which channels 70% of the power to the rear wheels. Moreover, it also has a torque vectoring system that allows up to 100% of torque available to be transferred to each wheel, depending on the situation. Other equipment fitted on the new Focus RS include: sports suspension with adjustable spring rates, two-mode switchblade dampers, and a large radiator specific for hard circuit use.
"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. 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," said Raj Nair, group vice president, Global Product Development, Ford Motor Company.
The 3rd generation will be the first Ford Focus RS that will be sold globally (including the US) and will be manufactured at the company's plant in Saarlouis, Germany starting late this year.