Rejoice! The Ford Focus RS is Officially Here

For years now, the Ford Focus RS has been forbidden fruit for us Americans. A light at the end of the hot hatch tunnel that we could never traverse...until now. This morning, Ford dropped the curtain on its newest hot hatch, and boy oh boy is it going to be one wonderful little car. The same 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the Mustang EcoBoost powers the new Ford Focus RS. The actual horsepower hasn’t been released just yet, but according to Ford, is said to be at least 320 horsepower and 320lb-ft of torque. That said, power is no longer just sent to the front wheels via Ford’s witchcraft like REVO knuckles. Rather, this new Focus RS will go the full on rally course and have its power sent to all four corners via a six-speed manual gearbox. RELATED:See More of the 2016 Ford Focus RS But Ford didn’t stop there. While Ford’s REVO knuckle technology is no longer in the car, a new torque vectoring system is, and it seems to be using even more witchcraft than Focus RS in which it replaces. The new system in question monitors all four tires constantly, and to maintain the most grip possible at any given point the new system can send 100 percent of the power to just one wheel. Where that would come in handy, we’re not exactly sure, but it does sound exciting. In addition to the trick AWD system and new engine, the Focus RS receives a fully upgraded suspension from the standard ST. This includes adjustable dampers, and both stiffer springs and sway bars in order to keep things planted through heavy turns. However, while many have panned over the fact that the new Focus RS will receive an electric power steering unit, it’s likely to be similar to the unit in the rest of the ST line which no one has complained about. RELATED: Watch the first video of the new 2016 Ford Focus RS here As for looks, Ford seems to have completely revised the exterior of the car to make it as aggressive as humanly possible. There’s a massive front splitter, with what looks to be brake ducts integrated into it, a revised grill, new hood, and a wing out back. Where Ford didn’t do that much, however, was the interior, which looks like they just grabbed the exact same parts as the regular Focus ST, but then threw in the Recaro seats from the Mustang. No matter though, we’re eager to try Ford’s newest super hot hatch as soon as we can. From the images and the teaser video we saw earlier, it looks to be an absolute monster. The car will be officially unveiled to the public at this year’s Geneva Motor Show in just a few short weeks. RELATED: Ford Fiesta RS May be in the Works ______________________________________ Click Here to Read the Original Article on BoldRide

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