2016 Ford Focus RS

  • The 2016 Ford Focus RS introduced advanced performance technologies for an ultimate driving experience; pioneers innovative, race-inspired Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive, and industry-first drift mode.
  • The 2016 Focus RS was the first-ever global model; arrived in North America in spring 2016.
  • Aggressive, functional design inside and out made the 2016 Focus RS the most powerful production Focus ever at the time, with highly capable performance on both road and track, and powered by Ford’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost®engine

A high-performance road car, the 2016 Ford Focus RS debuted all-new, race-inspired Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring, which actively distributed torque to each wheel to improve handling performance.

The all-wheel-drive system is tuned for exceptional grip – with lateral acceleration exceeding 1 g – and class-leading cornering speed and acceleration out of a bend. With neutral and adjustable limit handling, and the ability to achieve controlled oversteer drifts at the track, the system helps deliver the ultimate fun-to-drive experience. To achieve this level of performance, the system monitors inputs from multiple vehicle sensors 100 times per second.

The 2016 Focus RS is equipped with a unique 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine expected to produce 350 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque between 2,000 rpm and 4,500 rpm.

Styling includes an aggressive new front-end appearance with a bold upper trapezoidal grille above the deep front splitter, incorporating the largest possible openings for engine cooling. The wide, muscular stance is emphasized by brake cooling ducts and vertically mounted fog lamps.

The high-performance character is reflected inside the car with heavily bolstered Recaro sports seats, a stout new flat-bottomed steering wheel with soft-feel, leather-covered rim, metal pedals and unique instrument graphics. The distinctive blue RS theme includes stitching on the seats, steering wheel, floor mats and interior trim, a colored graphic on the gear shifter, and RS logo on the seats, steering wheel and door scuff plates.

In addition, Ford worked with Michelin to develop the unique Pilot Super Sport tires for everyday use and, for the first time on RS, an optional Pilot Sport Cup 2 tire for enhanced vehicle dynamics on the track.

- Ford Media

CarAndTruck.caAug. 18, 2017