By: Jason Udy, 24 March 2015
The new Ford Focus RS will arrive in U.S. showrooms in spring 2016, but we’ll be able to get an up-close look at the new hot hatch at the 2015 New York auto show next week. Ahead of the car's North American debut, details on the Focus RS continue to trickle out.
It’s no secret the new Ford Focus RS will debut the Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring system, which will work in conjunction with the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and the brake-based Torque Vectoring Control system.
With the braking system being used to “steer” the car through the corners, Ford has fitted the Focus RS with Brembo four-piston calipers up front that clamp down on larger 13.78-inch vented rotors, which are 0.55 inches larger than the previous Focus RS. The front brakes are kept cool by dedicated cooling ducts in the front fascia.
Ford still hasn’t released official power figures for the turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost I-4, only saying the engine will deliver “well in excess of 315 horsepower.” Based on the EcoBoost engine in the 2015 Ford Mustang, the Focus RS hatchback’s engine features a new low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger with larger compressor. The Focus RS also features a larger intercooler. The engine breathes through a large-diameter exhaust with an electronically controlled valve that balances back pressure and sound.
The trick all-wheel-drive system uses electronically controlled twin clutch packs on each side of the rear drive unit, relying on the control unit to vary torque distribution from front-to-rear and side-to-side. Power is sent to whichever wheels will help the hot hatch get through the corner fastest. The Focus RS offers four drive modes: normal, sport, track, and an industry-first drift mode. There is also launch control and a turbo overboost function. Other driver-selectable features include settings for the all-wheel drive system, damper control, ESC, steering, engine response, and exhaust sound.
Additionally, the Ford Focus RS features unique suspension tuning including two-mode dampers (street and track), revised bushings and stabilizer bars, retuned electric power steering, and revised front suspension geometry. Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires are standard, while Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires are optional. The Focus RS features 235/35R-19 tires on all four corners.
A front splitter, rear spoiler, and underbody panels increase downforce for high-speed stability, while contributing to the hot hatch's drag coefficient of 0.35. Ford says the new car is 6 percent more aerodynamic and generates 9 percent less drag than the previous Focus RS.
Stay tuned for more on the Ford Focus RS from the 2015 New York auto show next week.
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