257kW Ford Focus RS to be priced from $50,990 and arrive in mid-2016
Ford Australia has announced that its Ford Focus RS hatch will be priced from $50,990 when it starts rolling into local showrooms from mid-2016. The rally inspired hatch is powered by a Ford Performance developed 2.3 litre turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost engine that produces 257kW of power and 440Nm of torque from between 1,600 and 5,000rpm with 470Nm available for 15 seconds on overboost. A specialled tuned exhaust allows the Ford Focus RS to bellow and pop throughout the rev range.
The engine is mated to a six-speed manual and a performance developed all-wheel drive system. Performance brakes with Brembo front calipers are also fitted.
The hot Focus is visually distinguished from its more pedestrian siblings by way of a front fascia and grille that include inlets to improve engine cooling and braking, a rear fascia that includes a diffuser and twin exhaust outlets and aerodynamics that allow for zero lift. Finally, the RS rolls on bespoke 19 inch alloy wheels. There are also bi-xenon headlights with inbuilt LED daytime running lights. A performance wheel and tyre pack is available for $2,500.
Inside, there are Recaro shell seats, fabric and cloth trim, RS badging, sports pedals, satellite navigation, Ford’s SYNC2 infotainment and emergency dialling systems and a reversing camera.
Ford says the Ford Focus RS is designed to compete against the Volkswagen Golf R, Subaru WRX STi and Renault Meganè 275 Cup Premium while being cheaper and more powerful than all its rivals.
“The Focus RS is the latest example of our expanded performance lineup in Australia and showcase of the Ford Performance team’s ambitious spirit that is a halo of our innovation locally and across the company,” explained Ford President and CEO, Graeme Whickman. “It delivers refined power, a high level of technology, advanced Ford Performance all-wheel drive and uncompromised driving dynamics that is true to the spirit of the RS nameplate.
“Delivering a car like the Focus RS is also the result of the enormous R&D investment the brand puts into its vehicles. In Australia alone, we’re investing more than $300 million in R&D this year, bringing our total R & D investment to almost $2 billion over the past six years.”