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.
According to Autocar, the next-gen Focus RS will arrive with a limited-slip differential and company’s torque-steer-reducing RevoKnuckle front suspension. Although the new vehicle had long been rumored, the new Focus RS has been officially added to Ford’s future model launch programme after its business case was proven.
As a result, several testing mules were spotted on public roads as part of the initial testing. Sources confirmed the fact that Ford was worried that the Focus RS sales may compete with the new Mustang or the Focus ST.
Still, Ford’s research proved that the buyers of the Focus ST, Focus RS and the Mustang models are very different and complement one another in a range. Regarding the design, it is too early to tell you something about it, but when looking at the test mule photos, we saw that the new vehicle will offer twin exhausts at the rear but also 19-inch alloy wheels.
We do expect to see plenty of design elements seen on the current version, which means a rear wing, sporty body kit and other aerodynamic features. New Ford Focus RS will go on sale before the next-generation Focus will arrive, this means around 2016.
The new Focus RS provides improved performance and driver-assist technologies to ensure that its extreme drive abilities are even more accessible and simpler to use.
The driver can choose from four different Drive Modes for the automobile to produce maximum performance in conditions both on the road or circuit, with Normal, Sport or Track settings or a special Drift Mode.
Every mode can be activated by using a thoughtfully-located switch along the gear lever, and it has special settings for the systems related to all-wheel-drive, damper control, Electronic Stability Control, steering and engine, and exhaust noise.
The Drift Mode has specially developed features for the calibration of the AWD system that alters torque distribution to assist the driver in achieving control during oversteer drifts under circuit conditions.
For superior performance from the very start, Launch Control arranges the automobile's chassis and powertrain to produce acceleration as fast as possible, no matter the track’s condition. The driver chooses Launch Control from the menu, shifts to first gear, applies the throttle fully, and releases the clutch. The vehicle then produces optimal drive, which includes torque distribution through the AWD system, keeping maximal torque by using the turbo overboost, controlling traction control, and setting the dampers.