US-Bound 2016 Ford Focus RS Debuts And It's Glorious


Specifically 320 hp glorious, that is.

Take everything you love about the Ford Focus ST but add more testosterone, better performance, and all-wheel drive. That, in a nutshell, is the 2016 Focus RS, and Ford has released complete specs ahead of its live Geneva debut. Let’s begin: power comes from the Mustang EcoBoost-sourced turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder that’ll produce at least 320 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque, which will be delivered to all four wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. And yes, the Focus RS is all-wheel drive only.

Ford installed its Dynamic Torque Vectoring system that distributes torque between the front and rear axles in order to maximize grip, especially during cornering. Ford claims this system is so advanced that, not only can it send up to 100 percent of available power to just one wheel, it also virtually eliminates understeer. Controlled track drifts are also easier to manage. Yes, this thing is just begging to be driven hard. Want more awesome news? Ford equipped the Focus RS with an improved and upgraded suspension with stiffer springs, sway bars, and adjustable dampers. Electric power steering is also standard. Wheels measure in at 19-inches and, in Europe at least, come wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sports.

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Complete US specs will be announced later on. Step inside and you’ll find Recaro seats and a flat-bottom steering wheel. The exterior enhancements are truly badass. The front end looks mean and aggressive, and the side sills and large rear spoiler look quite appropriate. Also note the integrated dual-exhaust tips in the rear bumper and that diffuser. Color choices will include Nitrous Blue, Stealth Gray, Absolute Black and Frozen White. Pricing hasn’t been announced. We’ll have more photos and details next month from Geneva.