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It may be the most anticipated model ever to arrive in the U.S., but it’s not an import car. When the new Ford Focus RS is offered for sale, it will be available in major markets around the world, including the U.S.1

The Focus RS brings it, with the performance that this segment expects, starting with the 2.3L EcoBoost® engine that will produce well in excess of 315 horsepower. This engine will be coupled to a 6-speed manual transmission. But the car is more than brute power. The engineering team developed a new Ford Performance all-wheel-drive system to take handling and traction to the next level. That includes dynamic torque vectoring to maximize traction and corner handling, while minimizing understeer.

The chassis includes performance-refined spring rated, bushings and sway bars. Unique two-mode shocks offer a firmer setting for track use, and the electric power-assisted steering has been tuned to deliver connected and responsive steering with outstanding feel.

For the best off-the-line performance, the driver can select launch control. This lets the car be launched in first gear at full throttle and the system manages the torque through the all-wheel-drive system providing maximum acceleration for the available traction.

The exterior appearance details of the Focus RS create a performance image that the car lives up to with a unique front grille, front fascia, 19-inch wheels and stance. In fact, key elements of the design provide additional performance, including a rear diffuser, front spoiler and rear spoiler, which contribute to zero lift overall for optimum high-speed handling. The large front opening enables more airflow for engine cooling, and brake ducts are incorporated into the frontend design.

The interior appointments include heavily-bolstered, partial-leather covered Recaro sport seats, a new steering wheel with a race-inspired, flat-bottom steering wheel and a series of additional gauges above the center console that show turbocharger boost pressure, oil temperature and oil pressure. The RS design theme can be seen in the seat stitching, floor mats and interior trim, and the RS logo is incorporated into the seats, steering wheel and door scuff plates.

The new Ford Focus RS is one of 12 new performance vehicles that we are bringing to market now through 2020. That includes the all-new Ford GT2 shown for the first time at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). The Ford Focus RS will be among these new models, and they will join the existing lineup of Fiesta ST, Focus ST, Shelby® GT350R3 Mustang and F-150 Raptor. 4

Stay tuned for more information on the new Ford Focus RS.



12016 Focus RS European pre-production model shown. Availability for the Focus RS will be announced later this year. 2Coming in 2016. 3Available later this year. 4Available Fall 2016.

The New Ford Focus RS is Going Global, Including the U.S.
 

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I find the following pretty interesting. I am glad they are doing it with the stock tune.
For the best off-the-line performance, the driver can select launch control. This lets the car be launched in first gear at full throttle and the system manages the torque through the all-wheel-drive system providing maximum acceleration for the available traction.
 

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The interior appointments include heavily-bolstered, partial-leather covered Recaro sport seats.
Hmmm sounds like ST2 seats. I guess we will have to wait for a person to slip integrated headrest into the equation. I love my Recaros and would still buy the car if it had them, but it would be hard not to act disappointed.
 

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Perhaps the full leather Recaros will be an option? Maybe they'll have trims like "Focus RS" and "Focus RS Premium" like they do with the Mustang.
 

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The Focus RS is a key marque for Ford, and has been for many years. If we can't have the full skeleton Recaros, and can't have at least the full leather Recaros from the current ST3, I think that is a major marketing faux pas on Ford's part. I'm not paying north of $35,000.00 for a limited production car and wanting to sit on partial leather. No sir, not me.
 

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The Focus RS is a key marque for Ford, and has been for many years. If we can't have the full skeleton Recaros, and can't have at least the full leather Recaros from the current ST3, I think that is a major marketing faux pas on Ford's part. I'm not paying north of $35,000.00 for a limited production car and wanting to sit on partial leather. No sir, not me.
Sorry, I know its not the topic of the thread, but where does it say that its going to be limited production? I cant seem to find that. I've read "limited availability"... I'd assume that it would be like that because it would be 1 factory supplying every major market..
 

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I like everything about the article except "available fall 2016" ugh. I really hope we don't have to wait that long. I will be ready to buy a new car within a few months but I want to wait for this one. I'm not known for my patience though so it would be a challenge to have to wait that long.

Anyway, I really liked reading the part about the launch control as the OP mentioned. First I've heard of this, really neat feature that'll be fun to play with.
 

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I like everything about the article except "available fall 2016" ugh. I really hope we don't have to wait that long. I will be ready to buy a new car within a few months but I want to wait for this one. I'm not known for my patience though so it would be a challenge to have to wait that long.
Oh, they're talking about the Raptor being available in the Fall of 2016 in the article. We won't get a possible release date till the Geneva Auto Show.
 

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The Focus RS is a key marque for Ford, and has been for many years. If we can't have the full skeleton Recaros, and can't have at least the full leather Recaros from the current ST3, I think that is a major marketing faux pas on Ford's part. I'm not paying north of $35,000.00 for a limited production car and wanting to sit on partial leather. No sir, not me.
I like leathered bolstered and Alcantara inserts on my seats. I have ST3 seats now and I love them but when it comes to being held in, full leather is not the way to go as you slide a lot more.
 

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Oh, they're talking about the Raptor being available in the Fall of 2016 in the article. We won't get a possible release date till the Geneva Auto Show.
Ahh, thanks for the clarification. I didn't think we'd have to wait THAT long for the RS here. I'm sure it's been confirmed somewhere but are we all certain the RS is a MY2016 car? I'm strictly asking out of curiousity, not doubting anything that's been said so far. I saw somewhere a '2017 RS' but I'm sure this was a typo.
 

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Ahh, thanks for the clarification. I didn't think we'd have to wait THAT long for the RS here. I'm sure it's been confirmed somewhere but are we all certain the RS is a MY2016 car? I'm strictly asking out of curiousity, not doubting anything that's been said so far. I saw somewhere a '2017 RS' but I'm sure this was a typo.
We are not 100% sure but everything leads to yes! Give it 2 weeks and hopefully then we will know for sure, along with all the other tidbits :D
 

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We are not 100% sure but everything leads to yes! Give it 2 weeks and hopefully then we will know for sure, along with all the other tidbits :D
Two weeks, long time away ha. It's damn frustrating that two of the 3 cars I'm considering aren't even made yet. Still waiting to see what Chevy does with the new Camaro but out of the 3 I'm still leaning towards the RS. I'm considering a Mustang GT, RS, or Camaro SS. I just keep coming back to the exclusivity of the RS. There are SO MANY Mustangs and Camaros on the road but no way will we see more than a smattering of RS driving around.

But I'm very much looking forward to the Geneva show. Ford better reveal lots about this car!! I'm dying to see it in other colors (i.e. some that we can actually buy ha).
 

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I know I'm hoping for full details but we will see.

Also the next gen Camaro should be an interesting car. I have a feeling it will weigh pretty close to 3400 lbs which will make it a lightweight in todays Pony cars.


Two weeks, long time away ha. It's damn frustrating that two of the 3 cars I'm considering aren't even made yet. Still waiting to see what Chevy does with the new Camaro but out of the 3 I'm still leaning towards the RS. I'm considering a Mustang GT, RS, or Camaro SS. I just keep coming back to the exclusivity of the RS. There are SO MANY Mustangs and Camaros on the road but no way will we see more than a smattering of RS driving around.

But I'm very much looking forward to the Geneva show. Ford better reveal lots about this car!! I'm dying to see it in other colors (i.e. some that we can actually buy ha).
 

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I know I'm hoping for full details but we will see.

Also the next gen Camaro should be an interesting car. I have a feeling it will weigh pretty close to 3400 lbs which will make it a lightweight in todays Pony cars.
March 3rd can't come soon enough, not that I can buy an RS or '16 Camaro yet anyway ha. But you're right, with the smaller platform for the Camaro it should be lighter than the Mustang and maybe more agile. If the interior is on par with the Mustang I will have a very tough decision. Drive what everyone else is driving or go with a rare AWD car that most won't even know what it is? Decisions decisions.
 
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