Ford unveiled the 2016 Ford Focus RS to the European market earlier yesterday and subsequently dropped a video showcasing the power of its 2.3-liter EcoBoost.
Ford already introduced the fire breathing 2016 Ford Focus RS at the Geneva Motor Show but it looks like pricing was announced as well. Earlier today (Sept. 16, 2015) Ford announced that the 2016 Ford Focus RS would start around $43,930 (or €39,000 is you’re in Europe.) And to get the crowd excited about the all new mega hatch’s release on European shores, they dropped this exquisite video showcasing the power of Ford’s all-wheel drive as it launched to 60 MPH (100 KMH) to the tune of 4.7 seconds. Check out the video below and revel in the 2.3L EcoBoost’s awesome torque curve being routed through all four wheels.
Powering the 2016 Ford Focus RS is the same 2.3 liter Ecoboost as found in the 2016 Ford Mustang but this time boost has been dialed up and it makes more power than its Pony car brother at 345 HP and 324 lb-ft of torque. During hard launches, an overboost button kicks up torque to 347 lb-ft of tire breaking torque for up to fifteen seconds. And speaking of tires (or tyres), all that power is routed through all four wheels thanks to Ford’s clever AWD system which maximizes torque and traction as well as the damper settings. Focus RS drivers can select between four different driving modes; Normal, Sport or track settings are available. There’s also a special drift mode which enables the Focus RS to achieved controlled oversteer drifts only during certain conditions. 70 percent of the power can be sent to the rear wheels and 100 percent of the torque can be sent to one individual wheel.
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Many of the Ford faithful boast that this is truly a Civic Type R slayer. And it is with an extra 39 HP and 29-52 lb-ft more torque and all wheel drive. But don’t expect the Civic Type R to take a beating without putting up a proper fight. We’d love to see the 2016 Ford Focus RS thrown down a lap time on the equalizer known as the Nurburgring. 7:50.63 seconds. There’s your mission Ford. Get to it.