Ford Australia has announced its Focus RS hot hatch will land with a $50,990 price tag plus on-roads when it arrives in local showrooms next year.
A starting price around the fifty-grand mark has been rumoured since we first learnt that the new RS was headed our way. Now, the carmaker has not only confirmed the price but also listed some of the details local buyers can expect from the performance-focused Focus.
Ford says the Focus RS will be its sixth new performance vehicle for Australia in two years, and builds upon a $300 million investment in local research and development throughout 2015.
“The Focus RS is the latest example of our expanded performance line-up in Australia and showcase of the Ford Performance team’s ambitious spirit that is a halo of our innovation locally and across the company,” Ford Australia CEO, Graeme Whickman, said.
“It delivers refined power, a high level of technology, advanced Ford Performance all-wheel-drive and uncompromised driving dynamics that is true to the spirit of the RS nameplate.
Besides AWD, the Focus also boasts 257kW and 440Nm with 470Nm on overboost from its 2.3 litre EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine.
Those figures were obtained using the recommended premium 95 or 98 RON fuel, and fuel consumption is rated at 8.1 l/100km.
Ford has done the maths for us, saying the RS’s engine output exceeds that of its Volkswagen Golf R competitor by 51kW and the Subaru WRX STI by 36kW. It’s also cheaper than the Golf R and the Renault Megane RS 275 Cup Premium.
The 0-100km/h sprint is dealt with in just 4.7 seconds, and the RS also brings selectable driving modes, dynamic torque vectoring and performance Brembo brakes.
Options will include a premium paint finish for $450 (Magnetic, Shadow Black and Nitrous - white is the alternative), and a 19-inch track-focused wheel and tyre package priced at $2500.
One option not available to buyers is an automatic transmission, as the Focus RS etches its name on the list of true hot hatches as a manual-only machine (a six-speed unit).
Inside, there’s Recaro sports seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, alloy pedals, Ford’s SYNC 2 connectivity system, a gauge package including turbo-boost and oil pressure along with blue RS stitching and RS logos.