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Ford opens up about exhaust smoke problem of 2016-2017 Focus RS models

There may be several owners of the Ford Focus RS who have experienced seeing white smoke coming out from the exhaust of their performance-laden hatchback. Now, the American carmaker has admitted that a version of the engine powering the Focus RS for the 2016 and 2017 model years is causing this issue, Autocar has reported.

The issue became apparent after some Focus RS owners took their predicament to Focus RS forums and even posted videos about their concerns in social sharing site YouTube. Some owners even reported that the engine – an early version of the 2.3-liter EcoBoost mill – couldn’t be repaired by their dealers. Ford confirmed that the engine could develop an issue that causes it to consume coolant fluid. When the engine burns the coolant fluid, it would emit a white exhaust smoke as a result. So far, Ford hasn’t divulged the official cause of the issue, which reported affected cars with as little as 6,000 miles on their odometers.

A spokesman for the carmaker told Autocar that Ford is working on a repair for all customers, which may mean that even Focus RS models not exhibiting the issue would receive the fix. But before Ford rolls this out, it is saying that customers may bring their rides to their dealer – for an inspection and repair under warranty – if their Focus RS are showing the aforementioned symptom of white exhaust smoke. So far, Ford has only replaced affected engines with new mills built to the latest specs under warranty.

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Ford Focus RS Edition rises a notch higher with new Quaife limited-slip differential

Does the RS Edition and its LSD feature deserve all the media attention? The short answer to that is yes. Let us explain why. Ford today has revealed its new Focus RS Edition together with the complete details about its latest features, price and specifications. While on stage at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the new hatchback is seen to be wearing a stunning new look while dressed in Nitrous Blue body paint and fitted with blackened front splitter, spoiler, roof, and black 19-inch wheels.

The hatchback’s stunning new features are also seen along the RS Edition’s more angular and more aggressive front grille and bumpers which are even more enhanced with its massive spoiler and large exhausts down the vehicle's rear section. Beyond the menacing appearance, you will also find Recaro carbon fibre sports seats inside plus a pair of folding side mirrors on both sides of the exterior.

What’s more interesting however is that the new model receives Ford’s 2.3 liter EcoBoost engine, which is capable of up to 350PS that would allow the hatchback to run from a zero to 60mph in as quickly as 4.7 seconds. Needless to say, Ford has added the latest mechanical Quaife limited slip differential (or LSD) that should significantly improve the RS Edition’s handling and traction more than ever.

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Mountune offers M400 power upgrade for your 2017 Ford Focus RS

A standard Ford Focus RS that you get straight from the factory comes with a 350 horsepower (260 kilowatts) turbocharged engine and an all-wheel drive system. That is already quite fast for a Ford Focus to begin with, but there are just some people who want more. In this case, we are referring to UK-based tuner Mountune. But instead of complaining that the car is not powerful enough, they introduced an M400 upgrade for the said model instead.

But before we get into that, let us first talk about the upgrade that the company introduced last August. Ford gave the Focus RS a little push in terms of power, by increasing its output from 350 horsepower (260 kilowatts) and 350 pound-feet (474 Newton metres) of torque to 375 horsepower (276 kW) and 376 pound-feet (510 Nm). This was made possible, thanks to the custom air filter, the air re-circulation valve, and the new ECU. Now, the new upgrade can even push the 2.3 liter EcoBoost engine to an extra 25 horses (18 kW).

Going back to what I mentioned earlier, Mountune can unlock the Ford Focus RS’ power so it can achieve 400 horsepower (298 kilowatts) and 413 pound-feet (560 Newton-metres) of torque. This is after they add a high-flow induction kit, a new turbo re-circulation valve, a high-flow hard pipe, and a high-performance alloy intercooler, and an upgraded ECU. All these upgrades have their own roles to play in improving the car’s performance.

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2018 Ford Focus RS Limited Edition has starting price of $41,995

The current generation of the Ford Focus will be axed next year as the new-generation 2018 Ford Focus RS will take its place, and this is sort of a good news - bad news situation. The bad news is that CarsDirect disclosed that the next-gen 2018 Focus RS is priced from $41,995- an increase of $5,000 compared to its 2017 model. It costs more than a Mustang GT premium and is priced much higher than the 2017 Honda Civic Type R's expected $35,000 price tag. But on a positive note, the extra $5,000 will give you an extremely well-armed RS.

If the disclosed price is in any way true, it will be $5,000 more expensive than the standard price of the current-gen Focus RS which demands only $36,995 (including $875 for destination cost). This sudden increase in price might seem shocking, but this 2018 Ford Focus will be released as a limited-edition model that will be well-equipped for the new model year. The hot hatch will have the RS2 package, which is set as an option on the current model for an added $2,785.

The package flaunts a heated, leather-bound Recaro seats paired with 8-way power adjustment for the driver, heated exterior mirrors and 3-spoke steering wheel and will also have a voice-activated navigation system. There's more, as there will be a carbon-fiber trim meant for door handles, handbrake lever and the bezel found around the boost gauge.

Read the entire article 2018 Ford Focus RS Limited Edition has starting price of $41,995

No matter how much owners of the Land Rover Defender sports utility vehicle want their rides to become less adverse – if not actually friendly – to the environment, they really couldn’t. This is primarily because the Land Rover Defender, in its most eco-friendly form, still emits 266 grams of carbon dioxide to the air for every kilometer it travels (when using the 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel engine).

Fortunately though, an engineering company lurking within the Coventry neighborhood – yes, the place where Jaguar Land Rover is headquartered – is currently working on a project that should allow the Land Rover to become a bit friendlier to Mother Nature. How? Well, JE Motorworks is trying an engine conversion for the Land Rover Defender, replacing the only available mill for the SUV – the 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel engine with the 2.3-liter Ford EcoBoost unit that is fitted on the Ford Mustang and on Ford Focus RS sports models.

While both engines have similar displacements and are four-cylinder units, the EcoBoost unit uses up gasoline (petrol) and the mill on the now discontinued Defender sips on diesel. Comparing their power levels, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine on the Focus RS delivers 350 hp (345 PS or 257 kW) of max output and up to 470 Nm (350 lb.-ft.) of torque. On the other hand, the 2.2-liter diesel mill on the Land Rover Defender churns out 122 PS (90 kW) of max output and 360 Nm of torque. In terms of carbon dioxide emissions, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine returns only 175 g/km on the Ford Focus RS while the 2.2-liter diesel engine emits 266 g/km on the Land Rover Defender 90 (hard top, soft top and pickup).

Read the entire article Land Rover Defender will receive the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine used on the Mustang and Focus RS

Before the current generation Ford Focus exits in 2018, the American company hopes to satisfy its fans with its latest offering. This time, everyone is eagerly awaiting Ford Performance’s limited edition 2018 Ford Focus RS which will be released next year. The said performance compact hatchback will cater to Blue Oval hot hatch enthusiasts’ most requested limited-slip front differential and a new red exterior paintjob. Aside from this, the 2018 Ford Focus RS will get additional standard equipment as well as a few touch ups that will definitely set it apart from the standard RS. What remains unchanged, however, is its power (still at 350 horsepower) and the most important part of the RS – the drift button which allows its sideways behavior.

Ford made sure that inputs and feedback from customers and fans are used in the creation of this limited-edition RS. Furthermore, Ford invited a group of enthusiasts for a preview of the 2018 Ford Focus RS and even included them in the launch video. Cool, right? They were in for another treat as professional rally driver and master tire slayer Ken Block guided them through the whole reveal. The launch video is already available online.

In a press release, Ford Performance marketing manager Henry Ford expressed his excitement on the release of this limited-edition Ford Focus RS. To satisfy the high demand for these compact hatchbacks, Ford Performance took time to listen to their customers’ wants and needs. They actually spoke to “owners’ club members”, took time to read comments and suggestions in various enthusiast websites, and also visited and studied several Photoshop rendering forums just to get the gist of what people actually want from the RS.

Read the entire article 2018 Ford Focus RS Limited Edition delivers enhanced driving experience

Ford recently released a recreation of an iconic image that became well-known three decades ago. The only difference is that while the past photo was a Ford RS200 in full police color stopping a Sierra RS Cosworth, the recreated version has the Focus RS in police regalia pulling over what is clearly the classic RS200.

The original photo was, of course, not a real event but more of the publicity-seeking variety. That time, the RS200 was given the color of the Essex Constabulary. While it has been reported that the model was actually used in police work, official proof has yet to be presented.

The possibility of it being true is rather unlikely considering that since the RS200 was made for Group B rallying, police officers, even the most highly trained ones, would have difficulty getting it to its full potential. The engine, which was made by Cosworth, is a turbo 4-cylinder 1.8-liter unit, which can deliver output of as high as 600 hp under the race trim with the road trim offering power of 200 hp, both impressive figures.

Read the entire article 2016 Ford Focus RS becomes a police car in the UK

Ford will offer to its all new Ford Focus RS customers the option to avail of a fully certified winter tire kit to fully utilize the powerful 350 HP all-wheel drive car even in the snow. It would be the first time in North America that an original equipment manufacturer is offering a winter tire option.

According to Adam Wirth, chassis supervisor of Ford Performance, the company is offering this winter set option as a response to an acknowledged customer demand. With the Focus RS Winter Wheel & Tire Package installed, RS customers may continue the pleasure of driving their performance all-wheel drive car even in brutal winter conditions.

Previously, only the testing procedures for normal production wheels and tires require certification while there seems to be no standards in place for the testing of winter-only wheels and tires. To address this lack, Ford pioneered its own new set of standards for winter equipment that are best suited to face harsh winter conditions.

Read the entire article 2016 Ford Focus RS gets factory Winter Tire Package

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.

Read the entire article Pre-orders for 2016 Ford Focus RS reach a high of 1,500 units in UK

Meet Ford’s fastest-accelerating RS model yet – the 2016 Ford Focus RS. The Focus RS is powered by an engineered version of the carmaker’s new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine that develops 350 hp of output and 350 lb.-ft. of torque, allowing the high-performance hatchback to accelerate from zero to 62 mph in just 4.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 165 mph.

The sprinting power of the new Focus RS is thanks to the installation of a launch control technology. This launch control feature configures the vehicle’s chassis and powertrain systems to allow the car to achieve the fastest possible acceleration.

A driver just has to choose launch control from the cluster menu, then engage the first gear, apply full throttle and then release the clutch. A driver will have to leave the rest to launch control, which boasts of functions that include distribution of torque through the all-wheel-drive system and maintenance of maximum torque through the turbo overboost function.

Read the entire article 2016 Ford Focus RS sprints from 0-62 mph in 4.7 seconds, has a 165 mph top speed

Ford is planning to launch a global version of the high-performance all-wheel-drive Focus RS next year possibly as a MY2017. The RS will be slotted just above the performance-oriented front-wheel-drive Focus ST, which will still be produced even with the arrival of the new model in North America.

According to Ford, the RS will be powered by a 2.3-liter turbocharged engine that provides over 315 hp of output and is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox that transmits power to all four wheels via a new AWD system.

This system features two sets of electronically controlled clutches, which constantly send power to the wheels as demanded by driving conditions. The previous versions of the Focus RS were produced in 2002 and 2009, and were only sold in Europe and Australia.

Read the entire article Ford Focus RS will finally reach the United States

Ladies and gentlemen, this is the 2016 Ford Focus RS, the newest hot hatch from the American manufacturer which promises to bring some headaches to the competition. The new Focus RS is powered by the same 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine found on the 2015 Mustang, which delivers more than 315 hp.

Ford didn’t offer any details regarding the maximum torque delivered by the engine, but taking in consideration that the six-speed manual gearbox was updated in order to be able to handle the additional torque, we expect to see more than the Mustang’s 422 Nm (320 lb-ft). What’s more interesting is that the power is delivered to an all-wheel drive system with Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control.

According to the press release, the Ford Performance All-Wheel-Drive system is based on twin electronically controlled clutch packs on each side of the rear drive unit.

Read the entire article 2016 Ford Focus RS officially introduced with 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine and AWD

The 2015 Detroit Auto Show promises to be a big event, at least for Ford, which will unveil the redesigned F-150 SVT Raptor and the brand new Focus RS. As expected, the new SVT Raptor will use an aluminum body, just like the standard 2015 Ford F-150 and we expect to show the well-known aggressive design, which is perfect for travelling across the desert at high speeds.

There are no details regarding the debut of the new F-150, but according to Raj Nair a.k.a. company’s group vice president and chief technical officer, the cadence is reasonably close to the base vehicle.

The current SVT Raptor is priced at $46,190, including the $1,195 destination charge. We expect the new model not to offer a dramatic price increase.

Read the entire article Aluminum-bodied F-150 SVT Raptor, new Focus RS to debut at 2015 Detroit Auto Show

Ford is working hard on the next-generation Focus RS and details are starting to be released. Set to arrive in about two years, the third-generation Focus RS will be front-wheel drive, just like the model it replaces, and will be powered by a turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that will generate around 330 hp (246 kW).

Same engine is used by the 2015 Ford Mustang but detuned to 310 hp (231 kW) and 320 lb-ft (433) Nm of torque. Despite the fact that the power output was increase, the new engine is expected to deliver a better fuel consumption.

The American manufacturer is expected to offer a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, as well with a firmer suspension set-up and a lowered chassis. Despite the fact that an all-wheel-drive version was rumored, we won’t see this and Ford will continue to offer the Focus RS only as with FWD.

Read the entire article 2016 Ford Focus RS: new details revealed

Yesterday, Ford unveiled the 2014 Focus Facelift but it appears that the American manufacturer has big plans with the new Focus as this version will also receive the high-performance RS model. That’s right folks, the new Focus RS is coming! According to the Swedish magazine Auto Motor and Sport, the new Focus RS will debut in 2015 and will use the new 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine found on the 2015 Mustang.

If on the Mustang, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost develops 305 hp (227 kW), on the 2015 Ford Focus RS the engine will generate around 330 hp (246 kW). We have no further details of the new car but we expect it to be faster than the previous model.

For those who don’t know, the first Focus RS was released back in 2009 and was powered by a 2.5-liter petrol engine that delivers 305 hp (224 kW) and is able to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.9 seconds as well as a top speed of 264 km/h or 164 mph.

Read the entire article New Ford Focus RS will debut in 2015 with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost and 330 hp

Ford officials confirmed that the third-generation Ford Focus RS will start selling in 2015. This report signifies a major change for Ford, which in the past few years has concentrated on mass-market models to increase sales volumes and reduce costs under boss Alan Mulally’s ‘One Ford’ strategy that makes cars to be sold worldwide while using as many common parts as possible.

But with the new model roll-out nearly complete, the U.S. market being profitable, the growing business in Asia, and a rescue strategy in place for its struggling European arm, its officials have agreed to invest in niche models with the potential to make the brand more lustrous and improve its profile beyond the difficult mass market.

When interviewed by Autocar, Barb Samardzich, vice president of product development for Ford Europe, said that the company is focused on making cars for global markets. This is evident in the Edge and Mustang that are set to arrive in Europe as well as in the Fiesta and Focus that will come out in the US. The ‘One Ford’ policy has been successful at pushing its mainstream products further than ever. The next step is to offer more outstanding, smaller-volume highlight products for customers.

Read the entire article Third-generation Ford Focus RS will go on sale in 2015

There is a very small chance to see a new Focus RS, according to the latest reports from Autocar magazine. Apparently, the British magazine says that a Fiesta RS model is more likely than a Focus RS. Still, it too early to give you details regarding the Focus RS, as nobody knows for sure how the new car will look or what it will carry under its hood.

Previously, the media reported that the next-generation Focus RS will be different from the last model, which delivers 300 hp using just the front wheels and thanks to its novel RevoKnuckle suspension. The new model will be developed by Ford’s Special Vehicles Team (SVT).

For those who don’t know, Ford’s SVT leader Jost Capito moved to Volkswagen and now he is working on the Polo R. As a result, Ford is currently less certain about which direction the new car will take. The financial part is also decisive, as a Fiesta RS will not be able to achieve the same success as the last Focus RS.

Read the entire article Next-generation Focus RS on hold as Ford wants a Fiesta RS

Ford has stopped its development of the Focus RS hot-hatch in order to focus on the completion of the full range of derivatives being built off the Focus platform. Ford is making as many as 11 units from the underpinnings of the Focus. These include Focus variants like the Focus Electric car and spin-off models like the Kuga compact SUV.

These models are expected to make up around two million global sales annually as soon as they’re on the road. This explains why Gunnar Herrmann, Ford’s vehicle line director for small cars, thinks that the company has to determine the technological and performance direction for the new Focus RS.

Hermann said that work on the RS stopped due to other priorities. He said that the preparations for the Focus ST launch in May are ongoing. Most of the derivatives will also be seen on the road by May. Kuga will arrive in October and this will be followed by the electric Focus. The new Ford Focus RS offers more power than the old model that offered 224kW and 440Nm from its 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo engine.

Read the entire article Ford stopped development of the new Focus RS

With the relentless teasing that Ford has done, details about the 2015 Focus RS are always welcome. So far, the car hasn’t been officially signed off but its engineers have a very clear idea of what this vehicle will be and how they intend to get it. An insider from Team RS said that at least 320bhp is needed.

What fans consider unfortunate is that this model won’t be getting the high-boost 2.5-litre five-cylinder. Engineers wanted this engine but it was far from being fuel-efficient. The fact that Volvo produces this engine is also an issue since their ties have already been severed.

What the new RS will get instead is a 2.3-litre four, with turbo, direct injection and balance shafts. This engine is scheduled to be used in the Mustang sometime in 2014 but it’s likely that a RS Focus will receive an added boost.

Read the entire article 2015 Ford Focus RS to receive an all-new four-cylinder engine

Do you need to replace parts in your Ford Focus RS but only want the genuine ones? Whatever this part is, you’re likely to find it at the National Clearance Centre, which is run by Foray Motor Group. It recently purchased an entire warehouse filled with original Ford Focus RS parts worth about £1 million. Foray Motor Group has a massive stock of hard-to-find and slow-moving parts for Ford’s older models of cars, vans, and commercials, beginning from the 1980s.

Foray runs 10 Ford dealerships in western England. These remaining Mk 1 Focus RS spares were previously held by Ford in the UK. With these parts now available, the individual owners and trade customers will have no problem in maintaining their RS model and in providing peak performance. The parts that are in storage include fast-wearing brake components, steering racks, plus rear springs, exhaust manifolds, body quarter panels, and differentials.

Howard Jenkins, Foray’s aftersales director, said that the RS has a “very distinct following.” But since Ford has manufactured only a limited number of parts, RS owners won’t have an easy time of finding them in the used market.

Read the entire article Original Ford Focus RS owners get an entire warehouse of genuine spare parts
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