The wait for the hotly anticipated 2016 Ford Focus RS is almost over. The first one rolled off the production line in Germany this week. We can expect the hot hatch stateside this spring.
Until now, the Focus RS has only been offered Europe. What we don’t know is how many are allocated for the U.S. market, but with demand so high we imagine Ford will sell as many as it can build. Especially given that Americans bought more ST Ford models in 2015 than the year before.
The U.S. version of the Focus RS gets the automaker’s new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine good for 350 horses. Ford claims it is the fastest-accelerating Ford RS model ever and can hit 0-to-62 mph in under 5 seconds.
The automaker says the Focus RS also pioneers innovative Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring for a new level of handling, grip and cornering speed. For the first time, the RS model gets selectable drive modes, including a drift mode that allows controlled oversteer drifts, and launch control.
The hot hatch is one of 12 performance vehicles Ford plans to launch through 2020. Ford’s already introduced the Focus ST, Fiesta ST and the Shelby GT350 and GT350R. Two other new models this year include the upcoming F-150 Raptor and the Ford GT.
The Focus RS will start around $36,000.