Ford executives have confirmed the future RS models of the brand will use the four-wheel-drive system of the Focus RS and manual transmissions

Ford executives have confirmed the future RS models of the brand will use the four-wheel-drive system of the Focus RS and manual transmissions.

Speaking to Autocar about the new AWD system, Tyrone Johnson, RS engineering manager, said “it would be fair to suggest that we’ll be looking to use the technology in other ways in the future”. The new system uses dynamic torque vectoring control that should provide “a new level of handling capability and driver enjoyment”, according to the company. It also features two electronically-controlled clutch packs on each side of the rear drive and can deliver up to 100 percent of the available torque to each rear wheel.

Ford’s vice president of global product development, Raj Nair, also commented that future RS models will probably use a manual gearbox. “All our current research says that customers really like these kinds of cars to have a manual gearbox,” he disclosed. “We’ll keep looking at market trends, and of course we’ll give customers what they want, but for now the manual stays.”