Ford is making the first RS that will be available for worldwide sale. The new 315-horsepower-plus all-wheel-drive Focus RS compact performance car will be offered to buyers everywhere starting next year. This version of the RS is the highest performance version of Ford’s best-selling car.
Edmunds.com senior analyst Bill Visnic said, “This can create a halo for the whole Focus model line. The RS’ specs put it in the same league as serious players” such as the WRX by Subaru, Volkswagens Golf R and the Mitsubishi Evo, which all make the list of top performance compacts.
The engine in the Focus RS is a 315-hp+ 2.3L Ecoboost 4-cylinder. It also comes equipped with Brembo brakes, a six-speed manual transmission and Recaro seats. The all-wheel drive is able to send up to 70 percent of the engine’s torque to the rear axle, and all the power to either rear wheel. It will be the first RS ever offered in the U.S. Joe Hindrichs, president of Ford Americas, says, “Performance vehicles are a growing part of the industry. The RS is an extension of that.”
The RS and other performance cars like the GT spur innovation that can be seen throughout the automaker’s lineup, according to chief of vehicle development Raj Nair.
Built in the Saarlouis, Germany plant, the RS will be made available in North American, Europe and Asia. Jim Farley, head of Ford of Europe, said, “The RS captures the promise of our brand: great cars that are affordable.”
The RS performance line from Ford has an almost fifty year history in Europe, but it has never been available for sale worldwide. By offering the RS to all buyers everywhere, the automaker is embracing a new emphasis on the performance car.
Visnic said, “This is one of the first volleys the Ford’s new global performance group has created. It can help create an image that Ford puts affordable performance into every model.”
A glimpse of the future – keep an eye out for the new Ford F-150 Raptor sport truck and the GT super car by Ford Performance.
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