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New Focus RS makes its auto show debut


The all-new Ford Focus RS made its global auto show debut at the Geneva Motor Show this week, showcasing its innovative all-wheel drive system and other performance technologies. The new Focus RS is the first RS model to be sold worldwide, and the first to make its way to the United States.

The engine is a special engineered version of Ford’s 2.3 liter EcoBoost four-cylinder, with turbocharging bringing it up to over 315 horsepower. Combined with an advanced AWD system and better aerodynamics and cooling, this will be the fastest Focus RS ever.

A first for the Focus RS is selectable drive modes, with launch control and an industry-first drift mode that will make it easier to execute controlled slides on the track. Dynamic Torque Vectoring in the new RS gives drivers excellent handling and traction, allowing for higher cornering speeds and better stability.

An advanced control unit in the real-wheel drive system can monitor vehicles sensors 100 times per second, and put up to 70 percent of power to the rear wheels, with up to 100 percent of that power available at each rear wheel. The system can virtually eliminate understeer and allow for lateral acceleration of over 1 g.

Inside, the Focus RS features leather Recaro sport seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, alloy pedals, and unique gauges for turbo boost pressure, oil temperature and oil pressure. An 8-inch color touch screen is standard with the new SYNC 3 system, with a rearview camera and a 10 speaker Sony sound system as options.

The Ford Focus RS continues the heritage of past high-powered, all-wheel drive Ford RS models, including the Escort RS Cosworth and RS2000. Interested buyers in Plano, TX will be able to see the new Focus RS soon, and can test drive other Ford Performance vehicles like the Fiesta ST and Focus ST right now.