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.
Ford still wants to avoid the use of heavier all-wheel drive hardware underneath and hopes to continue using its unique ‘Revoknuckle’ front suspension that works with a limited slip differential to aid in minimizing torque steer – the steering wheel wrenching effect that takes place when plenty of power is sent via the same wheels steering the car. The Ford Focus RS has been discontinued worldwide.
Ford’s new Focus RS made its international debut in 2015 at the Geneva Motor Show. It is a high-performance road car that pioneers the Ford Performance AWD or All-Wheel-Drive system, as well as delivers thrilling performance, unbridled driving enjoyment, and class-leading cornering speed.
The all-new Focus RS introduces advanced performance technologies as well, and it is the first ever Ford RS model that has selectable Drive Modes, including Drift Mode – which is an industry-first – and Launch Control.
Moreover, it has a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine that delivers more than 320 PS. It also offers the most powerful braking system ever for Ford RS. Then it has a dramatic exterior design that offers optimized cooling and aerodynamics, with no lift and 9% less drag compared to the earlier Focus RS.
Raj Nair, the group vice president for Global Product Development at Ford Motor Company, said that the new Focus RS is one serious machine that boasts innovative engineering and high-performance technology, setting new driving exhilaration benchmarks both on the road and on the track. According to him, the RS line has a rich history of technical breakthroughs, which have shifted to mainstream Fords. This includes the new Focus RS, too. It is a great example of the company’s passion for innovation by creating exciting vehicles and through superior performance.
Moreover, the new Focus RS is Ford’s latest vehicle to be introduced as part of the brand’s new era of performance to bring more than a dozen performance vehicles through 2020. These vehicles will help deliver the carmaker’s “One Ford” plan for product excellence, innovation, and profitable growth in every aspect of its business.
The new Focus RS is also the first RS model to be available in the North American market and to be produced for global markets at the carmaker’s manufacturing plant in Saarlouis, Germany starting late 2015.