Fast Freight: 2016 Ford Focus RS hatchback

The all-new 2016 Ford Focus RS has been designed to be sold globally, introducing advanced performance technologies for an ultimate driving experience. Built in the automaker’s Saarlouis Body and Assembly Plant in Saarlouis, Germany, aggressive functional design inside and out makes Focus RS the most powerful production Focus ever, with highly capable performance on both road and track.

Styling includes an aggressive new front-end appearance with a bold upper trapezoidal grille above the deep front splitter, incorporating the largest possible openings for engine cooling. The wide, muscular stance is emphasized by brake cooling ducts and vertically mounted fog lamps.
Powered by Ford’s 2.3L EcoBoost® four-cylinder engine, torque is communicated through all four wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox. The Ford Focus RS debuts the all-new race-inspired Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring, which actively distributes torque to each wheel to improve handling performance.

The all-wheel-drive system is tuned for exceptional grip – with lateral acceleration exceeding 1 g – and class-leading cornering speed and acceleration out of a bend. With neutral and adjustable limit handling, and the ability to achieve controlled oversteer drifts at the track, the system helps deliver the ultimate fun-to-drive experience. To achieve this level of performance, the system monitors inputs from multiple vehicle sensors 100 times per second.
Inside the passenger cabin, the high-performance character is reflected inside the car with heavily bolstered Recaro sports seats, a stout new flat-bottomed steering wheel with soft-feel, leather-covered rim, metal pedals and unique instrument graphics. The distinctive blue RS theme includes stitching on the seats, steering wheel, floor mats and interior trim, a colored graphic on the gear shifter, and RS logo on the seats, steering wheel and door scuff plates.

The base Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2016 Ford Focus RS hatchback starts at $35,730. Destination charges add $875.

Dimensions & specifications
Wheelbase: 104.3; overall length: 172.8; width: 74.1; height: 58.0
All vehicle measurements are in inches

Engine: 2.3L EcoBoost four-cylinder – 350 hp at 6,000 rpm and 350 lbs-ft of torque at 3,200 rpm.
Transmission: six-speed manual
Cargo capacity: 43.8 cubic feet

Ken Chester, Jr. is President & CEO of Motor News Media Corporation – an automotive news service founded in 1989 as The AutoBuyer Plus Corporation. Featured on numerous television and radio programs, viewers, listeners and readers alike relate to Ken's friendly manner and wealth of information about the many vehicles currently for sale in today's complex automotive marketplace.

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