Ford Focus RS to have 330 PS and front-wheel drive layout, and EcoBoost 2.3-liter engine.
A new report sheds some light regarding the upcoming Ford Focus RS set to be released sometime in 2016.
Launching almost at the end of the third-gen Focus’ lifespan, the range-topping RS is bound to stick with a front-wheel drive layout, despite receiving a more powerful engine. Sourced from the new Ford Mustang, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine is said to deliver 330 PS (243 kW) which will make it 30 PS (22 kW) more powerful than the 5-cylinder, 2.5-liter turbo in the former Focus RS.
Torque figure should also increase significantly from the previous 410 Nm (302 lb-ft). As a short reminder, in the previous generation Focus there also was a limited-run RS500 with 350 PS (257 kW) and 460 Nm (339 lb-ft) which reached sold out status in 12 hours.
Ford’s special RevoKnuckle (an adaptation of the MacPherson strut) front suspension will make a comeback in the 2016 Focus RS which will be offered with a six-speed manual gearbox. To cope with all that power sent to the front axle, Ford’s engineers will install a mechanical limited slip differential while the chassis will be lowered and the suspension will be further tuned for sportiness.
Programmed to come out in 2016, the Ford Focus RS is estimated to carry a starting price of 27,000 GBP (46,100 USD / 34,100 EUR) and will be sold in new markets including North America.
Source | Worldcarfans.com via autocar.co.uk