2016 Ford Focus RS
While history of this very popular compact car begun in 1998, RS-badge model came four years later, in 2002. Although it is not officially confirmed, it is pretty much for sure that we will see this hot hatch once again. Last year, company did some mid-cycle refresh for current model, which is present from 2011 and now it is turn for new performance model.
The test mule has been already spotted and it seems that beside some visual modifications, 2016 Ford Focus RS will come with new engine and maybe even in AWD variant. Very important thing is that this model will be now available in North America too.
2016 Ford Focus RS exterior and interior
As we already said, the testing model has been spotted and it seems that 2016 Ford Focus RS will get several modifications, when it is about its outside appearance. On the front end, new bumper will be installed, while grille is expected to be slightly redesigned in order to let more air under the hood. The back of 2016 Focus RS will be also characterized by new bumper, while roof spoiler will be installed in order to improve downforce. Finally, the side of the car will feature some sportier side skirts, new-designed wheels with low-profile tires and also larger brake discs.
Interior will be redesigned too. It will include features like Recaro seats, sports pedals, a flat-bottom steering wheel, aluminum trim and RS badges on several spots in the cabin. When it is about hi-tech features, some notable are Ford SYNC, Android and iOS connectivity and rearview camera.
2016 Ford Focus RS engine
Although it isn’t officially confirmed yet, it is pretty much for sure that 2016 Ford Focus RS will the same 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine that powers new Mustang. It is a 2.3 liter engine that will be slightly tuned up for this occasion. New model will have an output of 330 horses, which is around 30 ponies more than previous-generation RS. Paired to a quick-shifting 6-speed manual transmission, it is expected that 2016 Focus RS will sprint to 60 mph in less than five seconds, while top speed will probably be over 155 mph. According to rumors, new model will be available in AWD variant too.
2016 Ford Focus RS release date, price and competition
It is expected that 2016 Ford Focus RS will come late this year with the price of around 30.000 dollars. The main rivals will be models like Subaru WRX STI, Golf R and Honda Civic R-Type.