This is the first generation of the Focus RS to go on sale in America.

Americans can finally head down to their Ford dealer and drop at least $36,605, including destination and delivery, to leave doing a smoky drift in a brand new Ford Focus RS. The Blue Oval already delivered the first example in the U.S. to Jackson Gilmore from California.

In case you forgot after Ford’s constant teasing last year, the Focus RS packs a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes a robust 350 horsepower (261 kilowatts) and 350 pound-feet of torque (474.5 Newton-meters). The RS channels that power exclusively through a six-speed manual and sends it to a torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system with multiple modes, including a Drift setting. The boiling hot hatch can sprint to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 4.7 seconds and eventually reach 165 mph (265.5 kph).

Gilmore ordered his RS eights months ago, and he even held off buying a new car when he first heard rumors about it. He’s very excited about the hot hatch in the interview below.

While the Southern California-based Gilmore probably doesn’t have to worry about snow, Ford has a winter wheel and tire option on the RS for people that drive in cold weather – it’s also standard equipment in Canada. The pack includes a set of Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 tires and 18-inch wheels, plus accessories like center caps and tire-pressure monitors.

For customers who are even more patient, spy shots indicate Ford has an even hotter RS500 under development. There are no official details yet, but carbon fiber body panels might help the model shed weight. Vents in the hood suggest a more potent engine, too. Expect the RS500 to debut some time before for the next-gen Focus’ unveiling, which is likely in the latter half of 2017.

Source: Ford

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