Difference Between European and U.S. Ford Focus RS
Just today, Ford unveiled the first photos of the U.S.-spec Ford Focus RS, and although they confirmed that there would be little to no difference between the European and U.S. Ford Focus RS, the new batch of photos help to confirm the truth behind that statement. As it turns out, just about everything that will be offered in the RS overseas will also be making its way to the America-bound version of the hot hatch.
When it comes to areas such as the powertrain, performance and styling, the Ford Focus RS is identical regardless of market. There are only two minor changes that the U.S. version will have. From what we can draw from the photos, it appears that the wheels will get a few less spokes and that the headlights won’t stretch back quite as far, which is something that we expected with current U.S. regulations.
As far as we know, those will be the only differences between the Ford Focus RS that will be coming here and the one that will be available overseas. The torque-vectoring all-wheel drive, revolutionary drift mode, six-speed manual transmission and all of the other exciting new features will be universal.
The color options of the European and U.S. versions will also be identical. When the RS first made its appearance, it was shown with a Liquid Blue skin, but unfortunately, that color did not make the cut. The RS will, however, be offered in Nitrous Blue, the bold new color that can be seen in the photos of the RS that we’ve provided on this page. Other options include Stealth Gray, Shadow Black and Frozen White.
Now that the specs of the U.S. 2017 Ford Focus RS have been confirmed, we couldn’t be any more excited for the release date to arrive. According to the Blue Oval, the RS will make its way to U.S. roads next spring. That means we have less than 365 days to wait for this machine to arrive. Someone pinch us.
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