2016 Ford Focus RS Release



If you anticipate that it will be worth waiting for the next spring, before assessing the full value of the quality of sports driving the renewed Mercedes A-Class 45 AMG, we can freely say that the comparison with the new Focus RS val really worth … to cultivate it.

Ford Focus RS, challenge to A 45 AMG

Okay, the old RS “all along” has remained just the manual gearbox, six-classic (the automatic is under consideration but for now there will not be), but the potential of this new sporty driving dynamics promises out of the ordinary . Not so much for the aesthetics, but decided anything but flashy; As for the real added value of its sophisticated AWD (yes, it returns to full) with Dynamic Torque Vectoring. The latter controls the rear differential among other features two independent clutches electro, through which you can get driving dynamics widely oversteer understeer with virtually absent: this rather unique system, unlike, for example, that of the Class AMG arrives to transfer up to 70% of the drive torque on the rear axle (max 50-50% on the Mercedes) and up to 100% of the torque of a single wheel of the two rear.

2016 Ford Focus RS Release 2

2016 Ford Focus RS Release

The electronic control system 4 × 4 drives the distribution between axles and individual wheels as a function of several parameters, according to Ford offering potential for lateral grip and effectiveness of cornering with few rivals. Available to the driver, there are four modes of operation aimed at as many “scenarios” of use. Two programs, in particular, are purely road, Normal and Sport; the second adjustment includes inter alia the stiffer, well 40% more than the standard solution suitable for every road.

Ford Focus RS, challenge to A 45 AMG

The two modes are theoretically reserved for track Track and Drift; in these settings as well as to the response of the engine, gas, steering and trim, it assumes specific characteristics as well AWD with the related controls traction and stability. To the point that, in the last solution proposed, the set of the mechanics of RS is designed to perform “round” from narrow to very broad with maximum ease of entry and subsequent control. Which lends itself, on closer inspection, even an interpretation road (sorry, the track …) with large tailing in acceleration-style rear-wheel drive with self-locking, but with the effectiveness of the integral and ease of control ensured by Torque Vectoring electronically controlled.

Ford Focus RS, challenge to A 45 AMG

Here it is concentrated the maximum potential “fun” of the new Ford Focus RS; So that promises far beyond the simple matter of acceleration (0-100 km / h in 4 “7, but not a quick absolute monster). Despite the presence of simple manual transmission, is also provided also the function of Launch Control designed to be able to release the clutch in the most abrupt and direct, without modulation; As the peak, it must “accept” of 266 km per hour: a little more would have been possible, explain the technical, but giving up all aerodynamic lift to keep the car to zero, resulting in greater stability at high speeds. Under the hood, no longer the rough but exciting 5-cylinder, but the docile, linear and refined four-cylinder 2.3 turbo (the same used on the new Mustang basic) increased to 350 hp with 440 Nm of torque; it touches the peak of 470 Nm in overboost. The braking system is Brembo front discs 350 mm, hedges are Michelin Pilot 235/35 (Optional Cup 2 dual compound) on 19 “wheels (forged offered at extra cost). The RS weighs 1524 kg mass but ultimately contained. Available in early 2016, the Focus RS will cost 38,500 Euros.



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