Market response to the new Focus RS from American car maker Ford has gone up to a new level. This is because up to 1,500 car aficionados in the United Kingdom have pre-ordered the car even before the manufacturer has to commence test driving on the new model.
In fact, 500 fans have made their first deposits to Ford to reserve a Focus RS unit during the Frankfurt Show last month. This was also before Ford has made public the technical specifications as well as the pricing for the new car.
A further 1,000 pre-orders were recorded by various Ford dealers in the UK after the 500 reservations during the Frankfurt Show. The Focus RS will begin delivery in the coming Spring. According to Ford of Britain’s chairman and managing director Andy Barratt, the first queue of 500 prospective buyers have been very specific with what they want for their cars.
Among the equipment and extras that many in the first batch of pre-orders requested include the motorsport-style Recaro shell front seats and the company’s SYNC2 navigation and sound system, as well as the electric tilt/side sunroof. They also requested the luxury pack for the Focus RS, and the 19-inch black forged alloy wheels.
As for specifications, the new Focus RS has under its hood a tailor-made 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine. The engine gives the car a horsepower of 350PS, taking its maximum speed to 165 miles per hour. It is thought to be 10% more powerful than the EcoBoost engine found in the Ford Mustang.
The engine boasts of a larger compressor for its twin-scroll turbocharger, itself a low-inertia version that is set to make its debut in the Focus RS. The engine is also connected to an air intake design, and a large-bore high performance exhaust system.
The Focus RS also features Ford’s Performance All Wheel Drive, complemented by the company’s proprietary Dynamic Torque Vectoring and Launch Control Technology. The technology is reportedly capable of taking a car from a standstill to 62 miles per second in a very short time span of 4.7 seconds.
Buyers can pick from any of the five colour finishes available. These finishes include the popular Metallic and Mica options. The Focus RS will have as standard features twin high-performance exhaust pipes, Recaro front seats, a heated windscreen, washer jets, and a Thatcham Category 1 alarm system.
It will also feature 350mm ventilated front disc brakes, an RS performance rear spoiler, Bi-Xenon headlamps and 19-inch multispoke alloy wheels.