The 2016 Ford Fusion RS is a long anticipated member of the Ford family and will be hitting the United States later this year. Find out more at Bill Brandt Ford today!
Ford has done it again with the all new 2016 Ford Focus RS. The RS uses an uprated version of the all new Mustang’s turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, mounted transversely and delivers incredible amounts of power with 315 horsepower. While the official performance figures are not yet out, there’s no doubt the 2016 Focus RS is a powerful all-wheel-drive system likely capable of helping it deliver a zero-to–60-mph time of well under five seconds. What is more, it will come standard—and only—with a six-speed manual gearbox.
The 2.3-liter engine has been substantially altered from the version that powers the new Mustang, and comes with a new low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger and a bigger intercooler, along with a revised cylinder head and stronger cast-iron cylinder liners. Ford has also promised a free-revving top end with a maximum rev limit of 6800 rpm.
In regards to the all-wheel-drive system, it includes a torque-vectoring function, with twin electronically controlled clutch packs on either side of the rear drive unit. Likewise, the 2016 Ford Fusion RS manages front-to-rear torque distribution—up to 70 percent of the output can be sent to the rear axle—the clutch packs can divert power from side to side across the rear axle. What is more, most of the torque is sent to the outer rear wheel to help turn-in and reduce understeer, with Ford also promising—and this is in the official release “the ability to achieve controlled oversteer drifts at the track.”
The 2016 Focus RS’s clever chassis is said to be able to generate more than 1.0 g of lateral acceleration. The springs, bushings, and anti-roll bars are all stiffer than those in the Focus ST, with the RS also getting two-stage switchable dampers and a retuned electric power-steering system. Additionally, Michelin has developed specific tires for this car, and you are given the choice of Pilot Super Sport rubber or track-focused Pilot Sport Cups.
What is more, Ford says that the striking exterior styling delivers excellence as well as visual appeal, with a chunky rear spoiler integrated into the lift gate, a sizable diffuser, plus cooling ducts for the engine and brakes. Nineteen-inch wheels will be standard, along with bixenon headlamps. Inside the cabin are heavily bolstered Recaro sports seats, an additional bank of gauges, and lots of “blue RS” trim. Subtle it ain’t, but that’s hardly the point.
The first two generations of the Focus RS were sold mainly in Europe and never made it to the U.S., but the new car will be a global phenomena and will be coming to the States sooner than you think. Engineered by the Ford Performance division that is also doing the Ford GT, the RS will be built at the company’s Saarlouis plant in Germany, where production is set to start by the end of the year.
The first RS will reach United States sometime next year; Ford is being very secretive about specific timing, let alone pricing. Meanwhile, however, as you await more information we invite you to come visit our lot in Brentwood to find out more about our outstanding Ford models.