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October 2020 Newsletter

Ford’s hot hatch may be best yet

Ford brought its hot 2016 Focus RS to the New York International Auto Show, running through Sunday. Its 2.3-liter EcoBoost will deliver “well in excess of 315 hp,” and it features an all-wheel drive system that can send up to 70% of power rearward. The RS also comes equipped with adaptable suspension for street and track. It goes on sale next spring.

New aerodynamic adjustments eliminate lift and improve high-speed stability, according to Ford, while the coefficient of drag comes in at 0.35, about 9% less than the standard Focus.

Four selectable driving modes include normal, sport, track and drift, which modifies torque distribution to “help achieve controlled oversteer” — what we call a sweet, smoky drift. The RS also gets launch control, which basically allows the driver to pin the throttle and drop the clutch without leaving parts all over the starting line.

Bigger brakes with lightweight Brembo calipers are cooled with dedicated ducts from the front fascia. The front discs also feature ventilation fins to aid in cooling.

Ford PR is still being cagey with the exact output of the 2.3-liter EcoBoost mill, but 340 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque is not out of the realm of possibility. And don’t get us started on what the tuners will do to this engine. The poor thing doesn’t even know what’s coming.

Four exterior colors include nitrous blue, stealth gray, shadow black and frozen white.

Source: marketwatch.com


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