Before You Buy That 2016 Ford Focus RS, You Should Know Something

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole
before you buy that 2016 ford focus rs you should know something

There may be a quicker one coming.

That’s if you believe what Autocar reported Thursday. According to the British publication, Ford engineers in Europe are already be whispering there could be a lighter, quicker version of the 2016 Ford Focus RS coming. Engineers are reportedly aiming for a sub-4 second 0-60 run.

The increased performance won’t come by way of a bigger engine however — the laws of thermodynamics in cramped spaces preclude a bigger bolt-on snail, apparently — but rather the ol’ Colin Chapman route: adding more lightness.

The very detailed description of what Focus RS engineers could do in a hotter version starts with shedding seats, sound-deadening materials and setting MyFord Touch on fire (probably not). Carbon fiber body parts, aluminum suspension, carbon fiber brakes and irreplaceable body parts made from unobtainium would probably come next.

Putting the Focus on a severe diet could save more than 200 pounds, according to Autocar, but it probably wouldn’t be sufficient enough to reduce the Focus RS’s sprint up to 60 mph from 4.7 seconds to less than 4 seconds.

Improvements in the drivetrain — including swapping the manual box for an automatic — may not necessarily shed more weight (the 6-speed Getrag DCT in the Focus weighs 28 pounds more than the 6-speed manual, for instance) but would swap cogs faster on mythical runs up to 60 mph.

Better grip from specially designed Michelin gumballs, carbon fiber wheels from the GT350R and a beefy front limited-slip differential up front and voila! you have a hatchback that probably costs more than $50,000 and doesn’t comfortably seat anyone other than you.

Of course, two things need to happen first: a hotter Focus RS would need to exist; and, it would have to come to the States. Let’s not hold our breath.

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  • TrailerTrash TrailerTrash on Nov 12, 2015

    adding auto would make it less "race car" but make it more a possibility in my house. Nobody wants any more manuals here. Even the Miata I was looking at is never going to be a standard shift...they sternly have told me.Everybody is getting lazy and the mountains and hills are killing it in my house. This is the same reason I never was allowed to have the speed3. Besides...drinking coffee, eating hamburgers and texting is equally important it seems today.......

  • Master Baiter Master Baiter on Nov 12, 2015

    Front end looks like some sort of mutant fish with its mouth open.

  • Dusterdude The "fire them all" is looking a little less unreasonable the longer the union sticks to the totally ridiculous demands ( or maybe the members should fire theit leadership ! )
  • Thehyundaigarage Yes, Canadian market vehicles have had immobilizers mandated by transport Canada since around 2001.In the US market, some key start Toyotas and Nissans still don’t have immobilizers. The US doesn’t mandate immobilizers or daytime running lights, but they mandate TPMS, yet canada mandates both, but couldn’t care less about TPMS. You’d think we’d have universal standards in North America.
  • Alan I think this vehicle is aimed more at the dedicated offroad traveller. It costs around the same a 300 Series, so its quite an investment. It would be a waste to own as a daily driver, unless you want to be seen in a 'wank' vehicle like many Wrangler and Can Hardly Davidson types.The diesel would be the choice for off roading as its quite torquey down low and would return far superior mileage than a petrol vehicle.I would think this is more reliable than the Land Rovers, BMW make good engines.
  • Lorenzo I'll go with Stellantis. Last into the folly, first to bail out. Their European business won't fly with the German market being squeezed on electricity. Anybody can see the loss of Russian natural gas and closing their nuclear plants means high cost electricity. They're now buying electrons from French nuclear plants, as are the British after shutting down their coal industry. As for the American market, the American grid isn't in great shape either, but the US has shale oil and natural gas. Stellantis has profits from ICE Ram trucks and Jeeps, and they won't give that up.
  • Inside Looking Out Chinese will take over EV market and Tesla will become the richest and largest car company in the world. Forget about Japanese.