By on September 16, 2015

Ford released Wednesday specifications for its newest hatchback and god is in the details.

The 2016 Ford Focus RS, which will be delivered to European customers in early 2016, will have 345 horsepower (we already knew that), 324 pound-feet of torque (we knew that, too), 347 pound-feet of torque during 15 seconds of overboost (oh?); a top speed of 165 mph and a manufacturer-quoted 0-62 mph time of 4.7 seconds.

The Focus RS will sport “Launch Control” and “Drift Mode” buttons because you’ve earned that right, America. The Focus RS will go on sale in the U.S. in Spring 2016.

Ford in Europe announced that the Focus RS would start at €39,000 ($43,910), or roughly €10,000 ($11,250) more than its Focus RS. If the Focus RS in the States is $11,000 more dear than our Focus ST, initial prices for the uber hatch should start around $35,500.

(Thanks to bball40dtw for pointing out the Focus RS is on the configurator now with a price of $35,730 + destination).

Ford detailed its 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine lifted from the Mustang, but tuned for the Focus RS. In addition to a bigger boost that delivers 10-percent more horsepower than in the pony car, the Focus RS will also breathe more freely with a better air intake and large-bore exhaust in the rear.

The engine reaches peak output at 5,900 rpm, according to Ford, and is limited to 6,800 rpm. The Focus RS will only come with a manual transmission.

To manage all of its fury, the Focus RS will use electronically controlled clutch packs to manage power front-to-rear, and also side-to-side on the rear axle, to complement the car’s brake-controlled torque-vectoring system.

The Focus RS is one of 12 performance Ford cars that the company will release by 2020. The list also includes the Ford GT, Shelby GT350R, F-150 Raptor and Fiesta ST.

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34 Comments on “Ford Focus RS Could Go On Sale in US for $35,500 [Video]...”


  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    Well done, Ford. I can’t see myself buying an AWD hot-hatch, either now or in the future, but I love that this exists. I can’t wait to see how it compares to the Golf R and WRX STi. I have a feeling the Focus RS will come out as the winner in that comparison.

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      I’ve been critical of the pricing of this car in comparison to the Mustang GT, but every time I see another promo video I want one a little bit more.

      • 0 avatar
        johnny_5.0

        I think the pricing ended up in a good spot relative to the competition. But as everyone has always said, limited availability and ADM are going to mean you have to *really* want this specific hot hatch to actually buy one. You’ll probably be able to get into an Audi S3 for less. And if you just want a fast/fun Ford as you pointed out, a GT Premium with Performance Package can be had for dealer invoice all day long.

  • avatar
    johnhowington

    So a WRX STI is $320 cheaper. Really Ford? You couldnt undercut Subaru?

  • avatar
    bball40dtw

    The price is up on the Ford website. Starting MSRP is $35,730. Nitrous Blue paint, as shown, adds $695. If you want Nav, a heated steering wheel, heated seats, heated mirrors, and the upgraded seat, the RS2 package runs $2785. Since the car comes standard with Sync3, I don’t even know if Nav is necessary since it will (eventually) support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

  • avatar
    andyinatl

    VW Golf R has faster 0-60 (4.5 sec vs 4.7 sec for Focus RS) while having roughly similar weight and 50 less HP. Hmm…something tells me that Focus RS will suffer from a massive turbo lag.

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      The Focus RS will weigh more. The Golf R is lighter than the Focus ST. Also, VW severely underrates their engines.

      • 0 avatar
        andyinatl

        2015 VW Golf R is 3340 lbs, 2015 Ford Focus ST is 3223. I think it would be safe to assume the RS will be heavier than ST, and perhaps heavier than Golf R, but don’t think it’d be by much.

        • 0 avatar
          bball40dtw

          The manual is 3283 lbs. Ford says the ST weighs 3223. So you are right, the ST is 50 lbs lighter when both are equipped with a manual. Since the GTI weighs 3086 lbs at it’s lightest, I would expect the Focus RS to have a curb weight around 3450-3550 lbs.

          Remember, the Golf R is slower with the manual. VW says over 5 secs. That DSG is lightning quick.

    • 0 avatar
      Vlad_x35

      If you reread the article, you will see that the 4.7sec time is 0-62mph, and not 0-60.

      • 0 avatar
        blppt

        Plus, manufacturers usually underrate their cars performance, C&D, MT, whatever usually do slightly better than the manufacturers quotes.

        I’d be shocked if this doesnt end up being at least as fast as the Golf R and STI.

  • avatar
    Steve_S

    Expect this to be $34,995, right on target for the STI and Golf R but yet have more power than both.

    As to 0-60 being lower than the Golf, check the Golf R with a manual and not the DSG, it will be about a half second slower.

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      http://shop.ford.com/build/focus/?gnav=header-cars#/config/Config%5B%7CFord%7CFocus%7C2016%7C1%7C1.%7C.P3T…..HAT.GAS.RET.RS.~FOCUS-RS.%5D

      $35,730 with a $875 destination charge.

  • avatar
    Fred

    So basically where a fully equipped ST ends up. Makes sense for the base version, expect dealers to pile on the options and push this up some. Good luck early adopters.

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      The base version is the way to go. The RS2 package only adds luxury stuff. Since you should be able to get Apple/Android capability at some point, unless you really want heated seats, the only option worth selecting is that crazy blue paint.

  • avatar
    Timothy

    Sploosh. Well Ford, I think you’ve lost your goddamn minds. That being said, just shut up and take my money.

    RS2 in black with standard tires/wheel combo.

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      Hopefully you can find a dealer that does not wish to sexually assault you during the purchase process.

      • 0 avatar
        Timothy

        We have a close friend of the family who own’s a Ford shop in Vermont. Gave me a steal when the ST was new… I’ll go back to her should I decide to do this.

        It will be a year or so down the road however… let all the kinks get worked out. Don’t want to deal with 3 transmissions again.

  • avatar
    zamoti

    I like that Ford is expanding their lineup of exciting, if low volume products. I hope this plan will eventually incorporate their larger sedans also. I need something that fits my family and the Taurus SHO was close, but never really made the mark. It would be interesting to see if they ever come up with a Fusion ST/RS.

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      A performance Fusion is coming. There are Fusion mules rolling around the Detroit area with quad tipped exhaust, additional bodywork, and noise that is not from the 2.0T. I’d expect one announced when Ford unveils the refreshed Fusion.

  • avatar
    lon888

    VW Dealer: We might be able to get you a Golf R in about six months. BTW you’ll get whatever comes in. No choice in color, etc.

    Ford Dealer: We can get you a bespoke Focus RS next week. Just tell exactly what options you want.

    Which car do you think would be purchased?

    • 0 avatar
      APaGttH

      Ford dealer, so after ADM the sticker price if $55,375 – we’ll need a $5K non-refundable deposit and seeing how no bank will write a loan for that amount on a Focus, when do you plan to transfer the cash over.

      • 0 avatar
        lon888

        The 3 VW dealers (all of which are horrible) in my area have ADM on diesel Golfs and an even higher ADM on GTI’s. Needless to say new Golfs are a rare sighting around here.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    That is before the $20K in ADM.

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      Might as well bolt them to the floor. Too bad that’s what some dealers chose to do with the Focus SVT.

      • 0 avatar
        blppt

        I actually shopped for one of those years ago, they wouldnt even BUDGE on price at the dealer I went to. I settled on a $2k cheaper Sentra SE-R Spec V, and really wish I hadnt. The stereo was far inferior to the Focus’s, the shifter was notchy, the interior was cheaper, and while it still handled pretty well for a front drive sedan, the ride was awful, and it could swing the back out without warning.

        Oh well, live and learn!

    • 0 avatar
      CJinSD

      Last time I looked, you could still get a new Boss 302. I assume they’re gone by now, but they were around for years after production ended, supposedly because the market was so strong that ADM was merited.

  • avatar
    IHateCars

    I’m not in the market for a hot hatch either, but if I was, this would be in the running. Good on Ford for offering performance vehicles for the enthusiasts. They bet and won big on the Raptor, so I’m anxiously awaiting the ’17 to see if it’s worthy enough to replace my ’12. A little leery of the twin turbo 3.5 and 10 speed, but if it turns my crank I’ll be trading…

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