Ford is sending the Focus RS off with a red, LSD-equipped bang


Ford is discontinuing the current generation Focus RS after the 2018 model year, and so it’s making a special edition to cap off the car’s run. The car doesn’t get any special moniker, but it is loaded with some nifty goodies and visual changes. Immediately apparent is the new color, Race Red. It’s one of two available colors, the other being Nitrous Blue. Both colors are accented by a black roof, mirrors, and rear wing, the latter of which has blue RS logos on each side.

The limited-edition RS also gets a significant mechanical upgrade. Unlike normal Focus RS models, this one gets a Quaife mechanical limited-slip differential for the front drive wheels. Ford says this should improve traction under acceleration and aid corner exit speed. Along with limited-slip differential, the car comes standard with forged 19-inch wheels. Naturally, they’re painted black to match the mirrors, roof, and wing.

[Source: Autoblog]




Forza giving Ford Focus RS to ESL champion


Dust off your controllers and Xbox One, because Forza is giving away a 2017 Ford Focus RS. The player that comes in first at ESL’s Forza Racing Championship tournament in September will drive away in the hatchback. The largest Forza championship to date is split into two different tournaments – the Open and Elite series – and starts on August 8 with weekly competitions. While registration is open for both series, only players competing in the Elite series have a shot at winning the car.

Registration is open to everyone, but players have to place in the top 128 during one of the three qualifying weeks. Then, players have to place in the top 16 in that week’s series cup and lastly need to place in the top four in that week’s showdown, as well. The finals event will take place on September 4.

While the Focus RS is the best and most expensive prize up for grabs, players competing in the Elite series also have the opportunity to win other prices including in-game cars and liveries, Xbox One S consoles, and Xbox Elite controllers. Players competing in the Open series will have a similar weekly competition with the top 50 percent winning in-game content, which includes DLC packs.

Racing from the Elite series will be broadcasted on Twitch with the weekly finals and grand finals being broadcasted live from ESL’s studios in Cologne, Germany. The Forza Racing Championship will be the first esports tournament to give a real car away as a prize.

[Source: Autoblog]

Ford Focus RS gets 350 hp, 350 lb-ft, stall recovery tech


Yes, 350 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. And the envy of every Subaru WRX STI, Volkswagen Golf R, and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X driver on the road. That’s what you’ll get if you buy the all-new Ford Focus RS.

Ford finally released the final output figures for its all-wheel-drive rocket hatch, and they far exceed the original estimate of 315 horsepower. In fact, the 2.3-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder develops a staggering 152 hp per liter. Anyone remember when 100 hp per liter was a huge deal?

Engineers have used any number of tricks to reach the vaunted horsepower figure. The EcoBoost four gets an “all-new” low-inertia, twin-scroll turbo delivering a peak boost of 23.2 psi. The system also makes use of a sizable intercooler, a low-restriction intake manifold, and, of course, a performance exhaust.

On top of the engine tech and lofty output, Ford detailed the new Stall Recovery feature. A function of the start-stop system, the new technology will automatically restart the engine by simply pressing in the clutch after a stall. It strikes us a pretty innovative feature.

“We knew we wanted to have stop-start technology on the RS. We said, ‘What if [we] went one step further and controlled for engine stall at launch using the same technology?’ So that’s what we did and it’s just as fast as our stop-start technology,” Focus RS engineering and vehicle manager Tyrone Johnson said.

Well, that does it. We’re officially excited to drive the Focus RS. Production is slated to kick off later this year. Here’s hoping our First Drive comes shortly after that happy day.

2016 Ford Focus RS may yet be AWD, US sales likely


When it comes to forbidden fruit, few vehicles are spoken of in as hushed a tone as the Ford Focus RS. The turbocharged, five-cylinder hot hatch could only be seen from afar by American customers as it tore up the roads of Europe. And while it’s safe to say that Ford’s Yankee fans are quite happy to now be on equal footing with drivers in the old country thanks to the Focus ST, we doubt there’d be much protestation over a successor to the RS arriving stateside.

Of course, we’ve seen images of the new RS undergoing testing, but a new story by Road and Track aims to fill in some very large blanks in our knowledge of that car, thanks to a pair of mysterious insiders at theFord. Chief among those is this – the RS will almost certainly make its way to the US, albeit in limited quantities. It gets better, though.

Under hood, the new RS is unsurprisingly expected to borrow the 2.3-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder from the 2015 Ford Mustang and 2015 Lincoln MKC. While that twin-scroll turbo produces 310 horsepower in the Mustang and 285 ponies in the MKC, R&T expects the RS to deliver quite a bit more firepower – 325 to 350 hp, with preference going to the higher output due to the limited-edition nature of the RS. This roughly fits with previous reports.

R&T has it from two sources that the RS will use an all-wheel-drive system, which we imagine will be a must with so much power. The system will be totally distinct from Ford’s other car-based AWD systems, and will feature torque-vectoring for even sharper handling. This system should, according to R&T, trickle down to other applications (AWD Focus ST?).

While this all seems like excellent news, as is always the case, we’d caution against counting your chickens, at least until the new model hatches. Skepticism aside, what do you think of this news? How much would you be willing to shell out for a 350-hp, AWD Focus? What other features would you like to see from Ford? Have your say in Comments.

[Source: Autoblog]

US Ford Focus RS to be imported from Europe


Rumors about the forthcoming Ford Focus RS are flourishing into what sounds like a very impressive new hot hatch. The latest scuttlebutt gives the first indication about when we might see a few of these fast Focuses on roads here in the US.

Unnamed insiders reportedly confirmed to The Truth About Cars that Ford plans to launch the Ford Focus RS in the US in 2016. However, getting one might not be so easy – the boosted powertrain means the car would likely need to be imported from Europe. That’s likely going to keep the total number available in the US rather low. The sources estimate a price tag that’s a bit more expensive than the top Focus ST3, which starts around $28,500, plus $825 destination.

It seems that a pretty potent package comes for all of that cash, though. The Focus RS reportedly uses a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making between 325 and 350 horsepower, with a torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system to get that muscle to the road. The test mules also wear more aggressive front and rear fascias, dual exhaust tips, larger brakes and sticky tires. It sounds like a great formula on top of the already enjoyable Focus ST.

These latest reports certainly corroborate the Focus RS’ chances in the US. Autoblog asked Ford for an official statement about the hatch’s chances in the US, but company spokesperson Monique Brentley told us, “We don’t speculate on future products.” However, things have looked good for the RS since a prototype was spotted testing here months ago. Since then, others have been photographed driving at the Nürburgring.

[Source: Autoblog]

Ford spotted testing new Focus RS at the Nürburgring


Ford is expected to be launching a revised version of the Focus ST soon, but the latest snapshots from our spy photographers at the Nürburgring suggest that the Blue Oval is already working on an even more potent example: the new Focus RS.

Though the partially disguised test mule is wearing an ST badge (along with a Dewey sticker that makes us wonder what adventures Huey and Louie are up to and what manner of duck-tail rear spoiler they may be wearing), there are several tell-tale signs that something else is afoot here. There’s a larger front air dam, bigger brake calipers, dual exhaust tips (instead of the central exhaust on the ST) and a reshaped wing protruding from the trailing edge of the roof.

That may all be well and fine, but what’s under the hood? We don’t know yet for sure, but word has it that Ford is preparing to port over the 2.3-liter turbo four offered in the new Mustang, where it packs 305 horsepower and almost as much torque – potentially retuned to produce even more for the top-of-the-lineFocus, which could channel it all to the front wheels like the last model or pack an all-wheel drive system. The Global C platform on which the Focus is based does, after all, also underpin AWD models like the Ford Escape and Lincoln MKC.

Of course there’s no telling if the Focus RS would make it Stateside, but Ford could take inspiration from the popularity of the Focus ST here and bring it over. Considering that the last batch of spy shots we saw of the Focus RS prototype were snapped on US soil, our hopes are rising.

Next Ford Focus RS could see 330 horsepower

Here’s some fun news. Auto Express reports the next-generation Ford Focus RS could pack as much as 330 horsepower courtesy of a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine. That’s a substantial jump over the 247 hp found in the new Focus ST. Matthias Ton, the chief program engineer for global performance cars at Ford, admits the turbo 2.0-liter in the ST is too close to its power ceiling to glean any more grunt without a substantial revision of the turbo and fuel systems. If Ford decides to build another Focus RS, Ton continues, the hotter hatch will bow with a variant of the Ecoboost 2.3-liter.

The last generation RS hit showrooms with 301 horsepower from a turbo 2.5 five-cylinder, though the special-edition RS500 shown above poured 345 horsepower to the front wheels. Auto Express reports that if Ford does build the more aggressive RS, it will likely touch down with a new mechanical limited slip differential to help keep the car pointed straight and handle regular track abuse.

[Source: Autoblog]