2016 Ford Focus RS AWD news, specs, changes

Ford recently disclosed the brand new 2016 Ford Focus RS, a high-performance vehicle that debuts Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control, which adds to performance never prior to seen in a Focus RS. The all-new Ford Focus RS 2016 is equipped with a brand-new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine producing well in excess of 315 horsepower. Focus RS is the current unveiling in a brand-new era of Ford performance that will certainly bring more than 12 performance cars to worldwide consumers by 2020. In addition to pleasing enthusiasts, these automobiles assist deliver the business’s One Ford plan for profitable development, item quality and development in every part of its business.

“The all-new Focus RS is a serious machine with high-performance technology and innovative engineering that sets a new benchmark for driving exhilaration on the road and track,” said Raj Nair, group vice president, Global Product Development, Ford Motor Company. “The RS line has a proud history of technical breakthroughs that have migrated to mainstream Ford vehicles to benefit all of our customers, and the new Focus RS is no exception. It’s a great example of our passion for innovation through performance, and creating vehicles that make people’s hearts pound.”

Established by a little group of international Ford Performance engineers, the brand-new 2016 Ford Focus RS AWD is the 3rd generation in the line, following models introduced in 2002 and 2009. It will be the 30th automobile to wear the legendary RS badge, following such technology trendsetters as the 1970 Escort RS1600 with 16 valves, 1985 Sierra RS Cosworth with turbocharging and extreme aerodynamics and 1992 Escort RS Cosworth with four-wheel drive.

2016 Ford Focus RS AWD news, specs, changes

“We are acutely aware of the benchmarks we have set ourselves with RS performance models through the years, and rest assured this new car raises the game to a new level,” said Jim Farley, president, Ford of Europe, Middle East and Africa.

“Just as important is the fact that with technologies such as EcoBoost, we are able to demonstrate how an innovation that powers almost every car in our range can also be the heartbeat of our finest performance cars,” added Farley.

Gymkhana and World Rallycross star Ken Block was induced as a specialist on the brand new 2016 Ford Focus RS, and joined the Ford Performance group at the preview occasion in Cologne, Germany – where the RS legend was born with the Ford 15M RS in 1968.

Innovative Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive offers a new level of handling

The brand new Ford Focus RS 2016 AWD makes use of ingenious brand-new Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring to deliver a brand-new level of handling capability and driving pleasure, combining exceptional traction and grip with exciting agility and cornering speed.

The Ford Performance All-Wheel-Drive system is based on twin electronically regulated clutch packs on each side of the rear drive device. These manage the vehicle’s front/rear torque split, and can control the side-to-side torque distribution on the rear axle – delivering the “torque vectoring” capability that has a dramatic influence on handling and cornering stability.

The control device in the rear drive unit continuously differs the front/rear and side-to-side torque distribution to match the current driving situation, keeping an eye on inputs from numerous automobile sensors 100 times per second. An optimum of 70 percent of the drive torque can be diverted to the rear axle. Up to 100 percent of available torque at the rear axle can be sent to each rear wheel.

During cornering, the rear drive system pre-emptively diverts torque to the outer rear wheel right away based on inputs such as steering wheel angle, lateral acceleration, yaw and speed. This torque transfer has the result of “driving” the car into the bend, achieving enhanced turn-in and stability, and essentially eliminating understeer.

The AWD system has actually been tuned to deliver extraordinary grip – with lateral acceleration surpassing 1 g – and excellent cornering speed and acceleration from a bend. With adjustable and neutral limitation handling, and the capability to attain regulated oversteer drifts at the track, 2016 Ford Focus RS AWD provides a phenomenal fun-to-drive experience.

2016 Ford Focus RS AWD news, specs, changes

To deliver optimal driving characteristics, the Ford Performance All-Wheel-Drive system was adjusted along with the car’s advanced Electronic Stability Control, in particular the brake-based Torque Vectoring Control system that works in parallel with the torque-vectoring AWD. Other unique framework functions include sports suspension with spring rates, bushings and antiroll bars – all of which are stiffer than those discovered in Focus ST, and two-mode switchable dampers, which offer a firmer setting for track driving. A carefully tuned electric power-assisted steering system working in combination with a more stiff front suspension knuckle design and shorter-link arms provides responsive and linked steering with impressive feel.

“The Focus ST and Fiesta ST showed that we can achieve sporty steering feel with an electric power-assisted steering system, and the RS raises the bar,” said Dave Pericak, director, Global Ford Performance. “We set out to provide drivers with steering that is very direct, precise and well balanced – and the RS delivers.”

Ford engineers worked closely with Michelin to develop a selection of high-performance 235/35 R19 tires to match the driving dynamics of the Ford Focus RS 2016: a standard Pilot Super Sport tire for every-day use, and – for the first time on an RS – an optional Pilot Sport Cup 2 tire for improved automobile characteristics on the track.

The car’s exterior design has actually likewise been established to support the dynamic goals. Cautious aerodynamic optimization of the front splitter, rear spoiler and underbody functions removes lift forces, and the final design delivers balanced performance with zero lift front and rear for optimal high-speed handling and stability.

Ford Focus RS 2016 AWD news, specs, changes

2016 Ford Focus RS powertrain

Ford’s EcoBoost technology powers 2016 Ford Focus RS AWD and nearly every brand-new Ford car. When combined with the phenomenal all-wheel-drive traction, the specially crafted 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine has levels of power and torque that translate into impressive acceleration.

Forecasted to produce well in excess of 315 horsepower, the customized system shares its essential structure with the all-aluminum 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine in the all-new Mustang, but has actually been considerably upgraded through a thorough plan of design changes.

Increased output is generated by a brand-new low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger with larger compressor that delivers considerably higher air flow, together with a much larger intercooler to take full advantage of charge density. Engine breathing is boosted through a less restrictive consumption design, and a large-bore high-performance exhaust system with a digitally regulated valve in the tailpipe that assists enhance the balance of back pressure and sound output.

The cylinder head is produced from an upgraded alloy product capable of holding up against higher temperature levels, and is installed on a more durable head gasket with enhanced thermal capability. The cylinder block utilizes more powerful high-tensile cast iron liners.

Engine cooling also has actually been provided the greatest priority, with engineers creating extra area within the front of the car to house a considerably larger radiator pack that provides the level of cooling required for hard circuit use.

Careful calibration work guarantees that the power device provides outstanding low-end responsiveness with a powerful mid-range pull, climbing to a free-revving leading end up to a maximum rev limitation of 6,800 rpm.


The six-speed manual transmission has actually been optimized for the enthusiast driver with a shorter gear lever to provide faster and more accurate shifts. Both the clutch and the transmission have been upgraded with more powerful parts to cope with the engine’s increased torque output.

With its high-efficiency EcoBoost design featuring direct fuel injection, twin independent variable camshaft timing, advanced turbocharging and Auto Start-Stop as basic, the engine also delivers substantially improved fuel usage.

2016 Ford Focus RS AWD news, specs, changes

2016 Ford Focus RS redesign


2016 Ford Focus RS exterior design is both dramatic and practical, with a more powerful and muscular character. Designers worked closely with Ford Performance to guarantee that the required functional qualities were achieved, concentrating on the aerodynamic downforce and balance delivered by the design, in addition to the cooling needs of the powertrain and brakes.

RS includes a powerful new front end look with a vibrant upper trapezoidal grille above the deep splitter, including the largest possible apertures for engine cooling. A large, muscle stance is emphasized by the lower wings and large outboard openings on each side of the automobile, which feed the brake cooling ducts and home vertically mounted lamps.

At the back, the fascia panel is dominated by the extremely big diffuser, which enhances air flow from under the vehicle and contains the twin round high-performance exhaust outlets. Focus RS for Europe and Asia markets will certainly also get a clear central fog lamp. The distinct rear roof spoiler is thoroughly incorporated with the vehicle’s shape through body-colored side panels including a subtle embossed RS logo design.

The vibrant side profile is emphasized by sculptured rocker panels, and the strong wheel lips that house an option of multi-spoke 19-inch RS alloy wheels – including a high-performance lightweight forged design finished in low-gloss black, which provides improved strength and impact resistance.

2016 Ford Focus RS AWD news, specs, changes


The high-performance character of 2016 Ford Focus RS is reflected inside the vehicle, where greatly boosted partial-leather Recaro sports seats act as the centerpiece of the cockpit.

The interior features the reworked Focus control design with its simpler, more instinctive design. SYNC connection supplies access to audio, navigation, environment control and cellphones by means of voice control, and through a high-definition, 8-inch color touch screen. SYNC can be specified with rear view cam with park range control, as well as a Sony premium sound system with 10-speakers including a subwoofer.

The RS driving experience is enhanced by a new flat-bottomed steering wheel with a soft-feel leather-covered rim, alloy pedals and unique instrument graphics within the main cluster. An added bank of gauges above the center console shows turbocharger boost pressure, oil temperature level and oil pressure.

Four striking exterior colors consist of Nitrous Blue, a dynamic four-coat metallic finish exclusive to RS, along with Stealth Gray, Absolute Black and Frozen White. The automobile revealed in Cologne features the exact same unique Liquid Blue color pattern initially seen on the brand new Ford GT exposed last month at the North American International Auto Show.

Ford Focus RS 2016 release date and price

The 2016 Ford Focus RS is the first-ever RS design that will be sold all over the world, consisting of the United States, and produced for all markets at Ford’s Saarlouis, Germany, manufacturing plant starting late this year. It will go to sale next year and it will not be cheap. Price of the Ford Focus RS 2016 is still unknown but it is estimated to be around $38,000 which is close to competitors price – VW Golf R $37,000 and Subaru WRX STI $35,000.

Source: Ford media center

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