Ford has finally revealed performance specs for its fastest RS model ever at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
The all-new Ford Focus RS sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.7 seconds and reaches a top speed of 266 km/h (165 mph).
The Focus RS is powered by a specially engineered version of Ford’s new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine delivering 350PS (345hp) at 6,800 rpm and 440Nm (324lb-ft) of torque between 2,000 and 4,500 rpm. During hard acceleration, an overboost function lifts torque to 470 Nm (347lb-ft) for up to 15 seconds.
For the first time ever, the Focus RS features Launch Control technology. To use it, the driver selects Launch Control from the cluster menu, engages first gear, applies full throttle and then releases the clutch. The system then optimizes acceleration by distributing torque through the AWD system, maintaining maximum torque using turbo overboost function, managing the traction control system, and setting the dampers.
Another premiere for the new Focus RS is the Ford Performance AWD system. It uses twin electronically-controlled clutch packs to manage the car’s front/rear torque split, and can control the side-to-side torque distribution on the rear axle.
Drivers can select four different Drive Modes that configure the AWD system, damper controls, Electronic Stability Control, steering and engine responses, as well as exhaust sound. Normal, Sport or Track settings are available, alongside a special Drift Mode.
The Focus RS will be built in Saarlouis, Germany, with deliveries for European customers expected from early 2016. The model is now available to order in Europe, with prices in Germany starting from €39,000 ($43,885).