A source close to Ford has shed some light about the new Focus RS set to arrive sometime in 2016.

A source close to Ford has shed some light about the new Focus RS set to arrive sometime in 2016.

Just about all previous reports indicated the 2016 Focus RS will come with a front-wheel drive layout but now a Ford insider cited by Road & Track says the hot hatchback will make the switch to a newly developed all-wheel drive system different from the one implemented in the Fusion, Escape and MKZ. It will benefit from front & rear torque vectoring which will improve steering and provide a sportier feel behind the wheel.

Power will come from a 4-cylinder, 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine borrowed from the new Ford Mustang but output will be bumped to somewhere in the region of 325 - 350 PS (239 - 257 kW). Taking into consideration the Focus RS will be a high-priced low-volume model, chances are output will be closer to the higher mark.

The Ford insider hasn't said anything about gearboxes but previous rumors indicated the use of a six-speed manual transmission. Also expect to find an updated RevoKnuckle front suspension together with beefier wheels, larger brakes and a stiffer chassis – all for an estimated starting price of almost 45,000 USD.

Ford has already confirmed the all-new Focus RS will be launched in 2016.

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