Test mule 2016 Ford Focus RS

2016 Ford Focus RS test mule spied in Germany – Might pack 350 bhp

A test mule of the 2016 Ford Focus RS was caught on camera by our spy photographers in Germany.

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Ford will ultimately slap the “RS” badge on the current generation Focus sometime in 2016 as a final blast for the model set to receive a successor in 2017. Seen here is a test mule spotted on the German autobahn wearing the body of the ST but with the exhaust pipes closer to the rear bumper’s sides whereas the Focus ST has a centrally-positioned exhaust setup.

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The hot hatchback will reportedly receive a 4-cylinder, 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine developing as much as 350 bhp (261 kW). That’s a lot of power for what is believed to be a front-wheel drive car but Ford’s engineers will try to diminish torque steer issues by installing an electronic differential and a specially developed Revoknuckle front suspension.

Chances are the 2016 Ford Focus RS will carry a starting price of approximately 27,000 GBP (about 45,200 USD / 33,500 EUR).

Source | WorldCarFans.com | 2016 Ford Focus RS mule spy photo – Automedia

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