2016 Ford Focus RS U.S. Pricing and Release
With the Ford GT and all of the other models unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show still fresh in our minds, it is almost hard to believe the recent news about the upcoming 2016 Ford Focus RS. The automaker just pulled the sheet off of the performance-tuned compact car in Germany, giving us our first look at the third-generation RS, but they also confirmed that for the first time ever, the RS will be making its way to the other side of the pond.
For the past two generations, the Ford Focus RS was kept from Americans, but as part of the promise of at least a dozen new performance vehicles by 2020, they decided to allow the powerful compact to cross the border. We are still not entirely positive about the 2016 Ford Focus RS U.S. pricing and release, but based on what we have heard so far, we have a couple of good ideas of when it will finally hit U.S. pavement.
UPDATE: Ford has made it known that the U.S. release date of the 2016 Ford Focus RS will be arriving in spring of 2016.
Seeing as a model year has already been attached to the performance-driven Ford Focus, we can expect to see it hit the market sometime this year. If they follow their typical new vehicle schedule, it’s likely that the new compact car will be available for sale in the final quarter of the year. We will likely know more specifics as we move closer to the release date, but it’s expected to arrive with a price tag somewhere in the mid-$30,000 range.
If you are a fan of the Focus ST, which is a beast all on its own, you will definitely be impressed by the RS version, which is expected to produce “at least” 320 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque. The output will stem from a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which has been sourced from the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang. The engine will come mated to a six-speed manual transmission, providing a more involved experience.
To top it all off, the Ford Focus RS will come standard with all-wheel drive. This is not just your average all-wheel drive system, however. The AWD system has torque-vectoring and the ability to send absolutely all power to a single wheel. As it constantly monitors conditions, it is able to adjust power distribution both accordingly and automatically, so all you have to do is worry about staying in between the lines.
For more information on the 2016 Ford Focus RS, including the official pricing and release date, be sure to check back here on the Matt Ford blog. We’ll be sure to provide you with updates as soon as they arrive. In the meantime, be sure to check out the pictures of the upcoming new performance offering below.
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