For many hot-hatch enthusiasts there are few more desirable models than the Ford Focus RS. The brawnier sibling to the already rapid Focus ST, the vehicle’s overall design speaks volumes about its capabilities.
Unique RS body styling helps to elevate the car to the top of the Focus range. A two-part grille swallows air to cool the engine and brakes, while each side of the front bumper holds fog lamps with a classy black housing. A large wing draws attention to the rear yet serves the functional purpose of pinning the car to the track. Also at the back is a rear diffuser with circular dual exhaust pipes. The standard alloys are 19-inch silver-finish rims, which you can upgrade to a sophisticated black.
Inside the racing theme is supported by RS Recaro seats with leather bolsters. The flat-bottomed steering wheel is also branded, and places your hands within immediate reach of the simple centre console. Between the module and the windscreen is a row of additional gauges showing details such as oil temperature and pressure.
The thrilling performance the RS is known for is delivered by a 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine in the latest model. It generates improved power of 345bhp and 440Nm of maximum torque yet emissions and fuel economy drop to 175g/km and 36.7mpg combined respectively. A low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger, high-capacity compressor and intercooler plus an integrated exhaust manifold are the reason for this rise in power and economy. Four active driving modes optimise the car’s output for road conditions or your preferred driving style. Track and Drift modes are intended for non-public roads as they unshackle the car from its driver assistance technology. A top speed of 165mph is reached with the help of Ford’s slick six-speed manual gearbox.
The car’s technology includes AWD Torque Vectoring Control which maximises the RS’s traction in all conditions. The system can deliver maximum rear drive torque to one of the wheels to help it overcome understeer. Slowing and stopping this high performer is a controlled process thanks to 350mm ventilated front discs and aluminium Brembo monoblock callipers. The most advanced braking system ever fitted to a Focus RS, it features clever brake cooling to prevent fade.
Additional Ford technology adds convenience and entertainment to the hot hatchback’s characteristics. Ford SYNC with voice control offers hands-free command of music playback and telephone calls. You can also stream music from a Bluetooth®-compatible device. A Ford Power Start Button ignites the engine with a single push, and when mobile the Performance Shift Light will let you know the optimum time to change gear. The Ford Focus RS also offers a superb selection of other driver assistance and connectivity technologies, such as Ford MyKey, Active City Stop, Adaptive Front Lighting, Hill Start Assist and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System .
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