Ford has presented the 2016 Ford Focus RS, the top version of the series was first go with a four-wheel drive and exclusively as a five-door hatchback at the start. His debut the sport compact cars in early March at the Geneva Motor Show.
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The 2016 Focus RS gets a four-wheel drive. However, not in combination with the 2.5-liter five-cylinder predecessor. Instead, grabs the Ford 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder from the new Mustang under the hood and positions the compact sports thus drivenly between VW Golf R, Audi S3 and Mercedes A 45 AMG. Thus, the Cologne its competitors is not inferior even in the everyday use, it will be offered as a five-door first and only time.
Up to 70% driving force on the rear axle
For use in the 2016 Ford Focus RS has modified the four-cylinder, among others with a new twin-scroll turbocharger and a larger charge air cooler. As a result, there is an increase in output of 309 hp to well over 320 hp (exact performance data were not yet announced). The change from five to four-cylinder that is fitted as standard with a start-stop system, is to reduce consumption compared to the previous model by 20% to an average of 8.5 l / 100 km.
Minor matter for those who have been waiting for this news: the times of understeer will participate thanks to the all-wheel drive in the Ford Focus RS the past. Two electronically controlled differentials distribute the driving force not only between front and rear axles but also between the two rear wheels. A maximum of 70% of the power flow to the rear axle. There directs torque vectoring the torque applied to 100% of the respective outer wheel further if required. To enable this, the on-board electronics evaluates parameters such as steering and yaw angle, lateral acceleration or driving speed. Ford promises neutral self-steering behavior in the border area, readily controllable oversteer and a maximum lateral acceleration of more than 1 g.
2016 Focus RS remains visually restrained
The chassis of the new Ford Focus RS was (in the test of the Ford Focus ST) again tightly tuned compared to the ST model and fitted with larger stabilizers. The dampers are electronically adjustable in two stages. Contact with the road take on 19-inch alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires in size 235/35. Surcharge are semi-slicks (Pilot Sport Cup 2) available.
As we noted in our first meeting, the Ford Focus RS saves an overly good appearance. From less powerful ST model he settles with larger radiator openings, a front spoiler lip and vertical fog lamps. On the wide fenders issued its predecessor Ford has waived. Rear wing, diffuser and two large exhaust pipes are left. Driver and front passenger as before sports seats or optional shell seats. The cockpit is equipped with a flat-bottomed sports steering wheel and as usual with additional instruments for oil temperature, oil pressure and charging. The biggest advantage of the four doors is of course the more accessible Fund, in which two adults can stay comfortable even during long trips.
His debut the Ford Focus RS in early March at the Geneva Motor Show. Then also find detailed information on performance and driving values are published. It is clear that the Focus RS rolls at Ford’s Saarlouis plant from the band and for the first time worldwide, including in North America, China and Australia, will come on the market. For the price of Focus RS has not been announced.
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