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Ford Has Subaru Squarely In Their Sights With 320-HP AWD Focus RS




Back in December, Mark Fields confirmed that Ford would be launching a new high-performance Focus RS, and that this high-performance hatch would be sold in the US as well. This morning, Ford finally pulled back the curtains at an event in Cologne, Germany and gave us some more details on their WRX/STI fighter.

The all-new Ford Focus RS is a high-performance road car that debuts Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control, which contributes to performance never before seen in a Focus RS. The all-new Focus RS is equipped with a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine producing well in excess of 315HP. And yes, the RS will come with a six-speed manual transmission!


The Focus RS exploits innovative new Ford Performance AWD with Dynamic Torque Vectoring to deliver a new level of handling capability and driver enjoyment, combining outstanding traction and grip with exciting agility and 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 can control the side-to-side torque distribution on the rear axle – delivering the “torque vectoring” capability that has a dramatic impact on handling and cornering stability. A maximum of 70% of the drive torque can be sent to the rear axle. Up to 100% of available torque at the rear axle can be sent to each rear wheel.


Ford has tuned the AWD system to deliver exceptional grip – with lateral acceleration exceeding 1 g – and great cornering speed and acceleration coming out of a bend. With neutral and adjustable limit handling, and the ability to achieve controlled oversteer drifts at the track, the Focus RS will deliver an exceptional fun-to-drive experience.

“The all-new Focus RS is a serious machine with high-performance technology and innovative engineering that sets a new benchmark for driving exhilaration on the road and track,” said Raj Nair, group VP, Global Product Development, Ford Motor Company. “The RS line has a proud history of technical breakthroughs that have migrated to mainstream Ford vehicles to benefit all of our customers, and the all-new Focus RS is no exception. It’s a great example of our passion for innovation through performance, and creating vehicles that make people’s hearts pound.”


The all-new Focus RS is the first RS model that will be sold around the world, including the United States. Production begins late this year. No word on pricing just yet, but we’ll let you know when those details are disclosed. Subaru execs should be shaking in their boots right now..

Sujeet Patel is the founder of Guys Gab, the definitive men's lifestyle blog, and he's one of the biggest car enthusiast you'll ever meet. He's been fortunate enough to turn his passion for cars into a full-time job. Like they say, "If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life."

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