Ford has revealed that its AWD hyper hatch, the Focus RS, will be able to sprint from zero to 100km/h in just 4.7 seconds, making it faster than virtually all of its segment competitors - and then some.
Though it's not the fastest hot hatch outright (the Audi RS 3 and AMG A 45 are quicker), the Focus RS does manage to beat its RWD stablemate the Mustang, which runs to 100km/h in 4.8 seconds in basic V8 form.
When it comes to making a quick getaway, the Focus RS' AWD driveline is hard to beat.
Ford's new hot hatch hero is powered by a 257kW/470Nm version of the Mustang's 2.3 litre turbocharged inline four, and is the first performance Focus model to utilise an AWD driveline.
A six-speed manual is the only transmission choice on offer , but Ford has trackday enthusiasts in mind for the Focus RS.
To that crowd, the RS' torque vectoring system, launch control and track-oriented "Drift Mode" will be more appealing than any automatic option. Top speed? A swift 266km/h.
The order books are now open in Europe, with the RS retailing for €39,000 (AU$61,000) in Germany.
An Australian launch in the first quarter of 2016 is locked in, and pricing is expected to be in the low-$50k region.
Speaking to TMR recently, Ford Australia PR head Wes Sherwood said the RS would be marketed against rivals like the $52,740 Golf R rather than pricier alternatives like the $62,900 BMW M135i or $61,100 Audi S3.
"We want to bring in that type of performance and make it available for the masses," Sherwood said to TMR.
"Clearly the luxury marques are moving into the middle market as well so there’s a bit of a blurring of the lines, but we don’t at this point see ourselves as Audi or BMW competitors [on price]."
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