Ford’s new roadgoing superhatch, the Focus RS, the Blue Oval brand’s fastest-ever European production car makes its public driving debut this month
Former world rally champion, Marcus Gronholm, will drive an RS into the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, before the final stage of the Leg 2 of Wales Rally GB this Saturday, December 6.
The new superhot Focus will lead a cavalcade of Rallye Sport (RS) cars stretching back nearly 40 years.
Ford starts selling the Focus RS next year. It’s powered by a turbocharged Duratec 2.5-litre, five-cylinder engine.
With special camshafts, revised cylinder head and gasket, intake and manifold system, the motor develops 300 horsepower and 440Nm of peak torque.
The six-speed gearbox front-wheel drive car will hit 100km/h in less than six seconds and reach a top speed of 260km/h.
It runs a Quaife Automatic Torque Biasing limited-slip differential and RevoKnuckle front-suspension system which Ford says allows a standard-setting balance of traction, handling and performance to deliver all-wheel drive level grip with the power-to-weight advantages of FWD.
It has a wider track, enhanced driveshafts and rear anti-roll bar, revised springs and dampers, retuned steering, uprated brakes and a specially developed version of Ford's ESP system provides added safety.
The RS badge was last seen on the first-generation Focus RS in 2002. Over 38 years, Fiesta, Escort and Sierra models have also worn it.