Advantages of Ford Focus RS Torque-Vectoring AWD System
Just about every automaker claims to have the best product on the market, but when the Ford Focus RS arrives next spring, Ford will possess the proof to back their claim of superiority. The high-performance RS continues to be compared to the Subaru WRX STI and Volkswagen Golf R as all three of the vehicles will offer similar features and capabilities, such as a turbo-four engine and torque-vectoring all-wheel drive systems, but when it comes to the abilities of those systems, the Focus RS will definitely reign supreme.
In terms of engine output, the 2016 Ford Focus RS will hold a significant advantage over the WRX STI as well as the Golf R, but what really makes the compact car so appealing is what it is able to do with all of that power. That leads us to the advantages of the Ford Focus RS torque-vectoring AWD system.
2016 Ford Focus RS vs Subaru WRX STI vs VW Golf R
Torque-vectoring all-wheel drive systems have a simple purpose. They exist to route engine torque, or twist, to the rear axle. The more twist that can be sent to the back the better, as it allows for more traction and more controlled drifts, which in performance cars such as the Focus RS, is important. If you are after a system that is able to ship a great deal of torque, there’s no arguing that the Ford offering is best for you.
Ford, who teamed up with professional rally car driver and notorious drifter Ken Block to design the AWD system of the Focus RS, has made it known that the compact car will have the ability to ship 70 percent of engine torque to the back set of wheels. Once there, 100 percent of that twist can be routed to either one of the wheels. The system is also versatile enough to split the torque in a variety of different percentages.
When it comes to the WRX STI and Golf R, the all-wheel drive systems are not quite as productive. The Subaru offering is not far behind the Ford Focus RS with its ability to send 65 percent of torque to the rear, but the Volkswagen falls extremely short as it only possess the ability to send half of the torque output to the back axle. It just goes to show that the AWD system of the Ford Focus RS offers the most benefits.
As we said, the capabilities of the all-wheel drive system lend a great deal to the drifting abilities of the vehicles. Here again, the Focus RS is the top dog. Not only does it ship the greatest amount of torque, but it comes with a unique Drift Mode that serves as a coach for beginner drivers. When the feature is turned on, it can correct the vehicle when the spin is too fierce, which keeps it from spinning out completely.
With such a wide range of features and capabilities, it’s easy to see why the Ford Focus RS is bound to dominate the Subaru WRX STI and the Volkswagen Golf R when it arrives next spring. For more details on its abilities and advantages, we encourage you to check back here on the Matt Ford blog, as we will be sure to keep you updated with information on the torque-vectoring AWD, and its many other features.
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