It is the year of performance for Ford. They have already shown us the newest GT and there are an incredible number of drivers already enjoying their Mustangs. Now, we’re getting a closer look at the Ford Focus RS. Though it isn’t the fastest performance car coming from Ford, it certainly holds its own when it comes to having a fun time driving. And you can finally get the Ford Focus with all-wheel drive.
Other than all-wheel drive, the step up from the Focus ST gets the Mustang’s 2.3L turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost engine. With a larger turbo and intercooler, the engine will produce around 315 hp and might be a little faster than some Mustang models. The body also takes from the Ford performance family to take on a more aggressive demeanor.
The Focus RS also comes with an interesting rear drive unit that makes it possible to send up to 70 percent of the available torque to the outside rear wheel, thanks to a pair of clutch packs. This makes it much easier for the driver to change direction more quickly and get around curves.
The wheels that you’ll be sliding through turns on are 19-inches with the Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. There is also the option for more slick tires, for more sliding around. The wheel/tire combination will be attached to a suspension with two-stage electronically adjustable dampers, making it a perfect rally car for any kind of terrain.
All of this will be controlled by the driver through a six-speed manual transmission, alloy pedals and a racy flat-bottom steering wheel, while you take a seat in the Recaro bucket with blue stitching. And it can be all yours for something near $35,000, making it the least expensive performance level Ford to come out in the past few months.