The Geneva Motor Show starts in March and Ford are going to be unveiling the most powerful Focus yet, the Ford Focus RS. The new Focus will be the first car to feature the ground breaking new Ford Performance All-Wheel-Drive, which delivers class-leading cornering speed. The Ford Performance AWD system is based on twin electronically-controlled clutch packs on each side of the rear drive unit. These manage the car's front/rear torque split, and also can control the side-to-side torque distribution on the rear axle – delivering the “torque vectoring" capability, which has a dramatic impact on handling and cornering stability. The sporty Focus RS will come with a special 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine which will deliver 320PS.
The new Focus RS is the third generation model and will be the 30th car to wear the legendary RS badge following on from classics such as the Sierra RS Cosworth of 1985. The Ford Focus RS has dramatic new exterior styling with a trapezoidal muscular front grille and dynamic LED headlamps. At the rear the fascia has a large diffuser which optimizes air flow from under the car the reduce drag. The rear roof spoiler has been carefully integrated with the car's silhouette through body-coloured side panels featuring a subtle embossed RS logo. On the inside the RS has been decorated with a distinctive blue RS themed colour which is on the seats, floor mats and trims. For your comfort the Recaro sports seats have been covered in partial leather, and the flat bottom steering wheel is covered with soft leather. SYNC connectivity gives you access to the navigation system, audio features and climate control to name a few.
The striking new Ford Focus RS
The new Focus is the latest performance model to be unveiled by Ford who are planning on bringing a further 12 performance vehicles to the industry by 2020. Ford have now confirmed the recently unveiled GT supercar will go into production in 2016 much to the delight of car enthusiasts. The GT won wide appraisal when it was unveiled for the first time at the Detroit Motor Show in January this year. The Ford GT has a carbon fibre and aluminum construction making it lightweight and aerodynamic. The GT will feature the most powerful EcoBoost engine ever, a twin-turbocharged V6 which produces more than 600 BHP.
The spectacular Ford GT supercar
Other performance cars joining the Focus RS and Ford GT are the F-150 Raptor, the Shelby GT350 and the Shelby GT350R.
Dave Pericak, director, Global Ford Performance said of the innovative new AWD system set to feature in the Focus RS: “This AWD system is a breakthrough technology, capable of delivering supreme cornering and handling at the limit,”. “We have ripped up the rulebook which says that AWD hatchbacks cannot be fun to drive, and have created a car which will surprise and reward in equal measure.”
With the imminent arrival of the Ford Mustang in the UK for the very first time, and the unveiling of even more performance cars Ford are in for a busy year!