By   February 3, 2015

2016 Ford Focus RS

2016 Ford Focus RS

Ford has unveiled the new high performance 2016 Ford Focus RS. The new hot hatch looks to be a pretty fast machine and with its all-wheel drive system could be quite the base for quite a rally car. In fact Ken Block helped with the development of the car.

The Focus has come a long way from the original compact car that was released in the early 2000’s. The RS will have a good amount of power, be a fairly light car and shouldn’t have quite the understeer issues of some other hot hatches.

Exterior

2016 Ford Focus RS Rear End

The Ford Focus RS is sleek and purposeful looking. In the front, the grille gives it a mean look and the lines are smooth and flowing all the way back to the hatch. In the rear you find a decent size spoiler above the hatch and the dual exhaust hints that this is no ordinary Focus.

The fact that you have a hatchback makes the RS practical and yet items like the rear diffuser keep people from thinking that this will just be slow economy car. For anybody still thinking it is just a normal Focus, there are plenty of RS badges to let them know otherwise.

Interior

2016 Ford Focus RS Interior

Not a lot of details have been released about the interior yet. Expect for the seats to be Recaro and for it to be somewhat plasticky, but with some nice trim touches to keep it from looking cheap.

Drivetrain

2016 Ford Focus RS Engine

At the heart of the Focus RS beats a 2.3-liter four cylinder engine with Ford’s EccoBoost. That turbocharging allows the small engine to put out over 315 horsepower. Given the car’s relatively lightweight it should be very quick. Combine this with the all-wheel drive system and it should get off the line pretty well, and handle much better than past Focus models.

The power will go through a six-speed manual gear box, which should make it very fun to drive. The boosted engine will rev all the way up to 6,800 RPMs, so plenty of good times should be had, especially in the upper range.

Official performance figures have not yet been released, but we would expect a 0-60 mph of around 5 seconds. With its handling, it should make a fun track toy when one isn’t using it on the road.

Pricing

Expect pricing details closer to the launch of the RS.

Conclusion

2016 Ford Focus RS

The Focus RS looks like it should be quite the car. It will give you a rally car feeling and still offer the practicality of a hatchback. The question is if it will be better than a Volkswagen Golf R, Subaru WRX or Mitsubishi EVO. Once we get our hands on one we will let you know just how good it is and if it is the better buy.

Desktop wallpaper of the Ford Focus RS.