FURIOUS FOCUS: The new Focus RS will make its UK debut at the Goodwood festival of speed. The car will reach SA in 2016. Image: Ford UK
GOODWOOD, England - Ford today (June 25) announced that the all-new Focus RS high-performance hatchback will deliver 257kW from its Ford Performance-developed 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine that debuted with the new Ford Mustang.
Ford is showing car to the public for the first time at the 2015 UK Goodwood Festival of Speed where Youtube gymkhana star Ken Block will tackle the famous hill-climb at the wheel of a pre-production model.
The RS will reach South Africa in the first half of 2016.
Dave Pericak, global director for Ford Performance, said: "We promised enthusiasts a serious driving machine. With 257kW under the bonnet that is exactly what we will deliver. The car's stunning pace and innovative technology will place it with performance models from luxury and exotic marques - but it’s ready for the challenge."
GALLERY: 2016 Ford Focus RS
GALLERY: 2015 Ford Mustang
This is the first Ford RS to be equipped with selectable drive modes – including an industry-first drift mode that allows controlled oversteerings – and launch control.
Ford says the new 2.3-litre engine in the Focus RS shares it structure with the all-aluminium four in the 2015 Ford Mustang. The engine has been significantly upgraded for the Focus RS to deliver, at 257kW, 10% more power than it predecessor.
WATCH: New Focus RS ready for Goodwood debut
The cylinder head is produced from an upgraded alloy capable of withstanding higher temperatures and the block has stronger high-tensile cast-iron liners.
Ford has worked on the calibration has ensured low-end responsiveness with owerful mid-range pull, climbing to a rev limit of 6800. Maximum torque of 440Nm is delivered from 2000 to 4500rpm though 470Nm is available for up to 15 seconds during hard acceleration.