2016 Ford Focus RS 2015 Volkwagen Golf R
2.3-Liter Turbo-Four Engine 2.0-Liter Turbo-Four
> 315 Horsepower 292
Yes Torque-Vectoring AWD Yes
Yes Drift Mode No

2016 Ford Focus RS vs 2015 Volkswagen Golf R


Immediately after it was announced that the Ford Focus RS would finally be making its way to the states, questions about its abilities arose. Everyone was wondering exactly how it would compare to the Golf R, as well as the WRX STI, and now that we know more about what the RS will be capable of when it arrives next spring, some of those questions now have answers. To clear everything up, we thought it would be helpful to look at the Ford Focus RS and see how it compares to the competition. Without further ado, we give you the battle of the hot hatches: the 2016 Ford Focus RS vs 2015 Volkswagen Golf R.

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When the Ford Focus RS debuted, it was made known that it would share the same 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine as the Mustang. As of right now, we’re not quite sure what the output of the engine will be, but based on the output of the Mustang and the smaller size of the RS, the engine is likely to produce more than 315 horsepower. This has also been confirmed by Ford. The Golf R, on the other hand, has a slightly smaller displacement size and struggles to break the 300-horsepower barrier. This also means that it produces less in the torque department, which doesn’t give its all-wheel drive system quite as much to work with.

Benefits of the 2016 Ford Focus RS

Both the Focus RS and the Golf R come equipped with a torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system that has the ability to send engine torque to the rear axle, but when it comes to the abilities of the systems, the one found in the Ford Focus RS is the better of the two. The Golf R has the ability to split engine torque 50/50 between the axles, but the RS steps it up a few notches with the ability to send as much as 70 percent of torque to the back set of wheels. Once there, all of that torque can be directed to either one of the wheels.

Seeing as the torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system has the ability to direct torque where it wants, and because world-famous drifter Ken Block was a part of the RS build team, it comes as no surprise that the performance hatch has a drift mode. When in the one-of-a-kind mode, the vehicle monitors its spin and it corrects for overspin, which helps to coach beginner drifters. There is no vehicle out there quite like it.

As we said, the Ford Focus RS will make its debut in America next spring. If you are interested in learning more about how the performance hatchback will stack up against vehicles such as the 2015 Volkswagen Golf R or the 2015 Subaru WRX STI, we encourage you to check out our blog where you can find a great deal of Ford Focus RS information, including detail about its drift mode and many of its other unique capabilities.