World's 2016 Ford Focus RS Vs. Europe-Only Focus RS

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Ford's nearly rally-spec hot hatch hits the global stage.

Take one look at the 2016 Ford Focus RS and you just know this sucker is going to be fast, just like its predecessor. When that previous RS was launched back in 2009, Americans were, once again, saddened to learn that it was for Europe only, as was the first-gen model. But when US hot hatch enthusiasts got wind of what they were missing out on, they made Ford fully aware of their disappointment. And Ford listened. The 2016 Focus RS comes powered by a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four banger with at least 320 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque.

Power will be sent to all four wheels this time via a six-speed manual. Add to that a high-tech torque vectoring system and you've got one hell of a driver's car. Perhaps it'll be the best AWD hot hatch of our time. By comparison, the previous Focus RS came packed with a turbocharged 2.5-liter five cylinder with 301 hp and 325 lb-ft. Also, it was front-wheel-drive, but both generations have muscular exterior modifications. It's clear just by looking at them that they're no ordinary Focus hatchback. So which is better-looking? We think it's fair to say the new Focus RS will have improved performance. What's your take?

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