Ford has launched one of the hottest hatches around – the Focus RS which has set the market alight with its red hot performance and handling characteristics – and it is powered by a Mustang engine.
South Africa will receive a limited supply of 300 units – which is sure to once again make the Focus RS an exclusive and highly sought-after model.
The hatch is part of a performance onslaught from Ford that will see more than 12 performance vehicles delivered to customers globally through 2020, including the stunning Ford GT ultra-high-performance supercar.
The RS high-performance hatchback pioneers the innovative Ford Performance All Wheel Drive (AWD) system, along with numerous advanced performance technologies to deliver exceptional cornering speed, thrilling performance and unbridled driving enjoyment.
With a specially engineered 257kW version of Ford’s new 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine, the Focus RS is the fastest-ever RS model, sprinting from 0-100 km/h in a staggering 4.7 seconds and hitting a top speed of 266km/h.
The new 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine for the all-new Focus RS shares its fundamental structure with the all-aluminium four-cylinder engine in the Ford Mustang. The engine has been specifically developed for the high-performance Focus RS to deliver 10% more power with a maximum output of 257kW.
Ford says that meticulous calibration work has ensured that the power unit delivers excellent low-end responsiveness with a powerful mid-range pull, while offering enthusiasts an exciting character and making the engine rewarding to rev up to the redline.
Maximum torque of 440Nm is delivered between 2 000 and 4 500rpm, with 470Nm available for up to 15 seconds on transient overboost during hard acceleration.
The six-speed manual transmission has been optimised for the enthusiast driver with a shorter gear lever and revised mechanism to deliver faster and more accurate shifts.
Ford performance engineers have tuned the RS exhaust system to deliver a rewarding and sporty sound character during spirited driving, and developed a unique injection calibration in Sport Mode to provide the distinctive burbles and pops that are a signature of RS models.
The all-new Focus RS features the innovative Ford Performance AWD with Dynamic Torque Vectoring to deliver a new level of handling capability and driver enjoyment, combining outstanding traction and grip with unmatched agility and cornering speed.
To deliver optimum driving dynamics, the Ford Performance AWD system was calibrated alongside the car’s advanced Electronic Stability Control, in particular the brake-based Torque Vectoring Control system that works in parallel with the torque-vectoring AWD.
There is no doubt the Focus RS is a magnificent piece of machinery.
However, it costs pretty much the same as a Mustang. I know what my choice would be – a Pony in the garage.
Ford Focus RS price: From R699 900