The new Ford Focus RS is set to become Ford’s hottest hatch, and anticipation is high. And now, with production having just begun, the wait, for European customers at least, won’t be too much longer.
The first cars have began to roll down the production line at Ford’s Saarlois facility in Germany.
To celebrate the start of Focus RS production, Ford has released a video featuring former Stig, Ben Collins, demonstrating the four different drive modes of the Focus RS: Normal, Sport, Track, and Drift.
With a higher-output version of the 2.3 litre EcoBoost four-cylinder from the Mustang, the Focus RS offers 257kW of power and 440Nm of torque (470Nm during overboost), thanks to a low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger, and larger intercooler.
Drive is channeled via a six-speed manual to an all-wheel-drive system, a first for the Focus RS, and the 0-100 km/h sprint passes by in a blistering 4.7 seconds.
The Focus RS is one of just 12 new performance vehicle Ford will launch globally between now and 2020, to be capped by the Ford GT supercar, set to arrive at the end of this year with an EcoBoost V6 producing over 440kW, and carbon fibre construction.
While Australian customers won’t be offered the GT, the Focus RS will be offered here, with a $50,990 price, and with sales expected to start some time near the middle of this year.
Check out the video below do see the drive modes in action, and their effect on steering, suspension, engine, exhaust, stability control and all-wheel-drive, including the Drift Mode, which Ford Australia has previously confirmed will be left active for Australia
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