Ford Event Takes Place With Special Guest Star
The RS badge on Ford models has quite a legacy spanning over forty years. You can’t forget the striking Escort RS2000, the turbocharged Sierra RS Cosworth or more recently the 2009 Focus RS.
Fast forward to 2015 and Ford have revealed their new performance range that includes the Mustang and GT supercar with 12 new vehicles to be delivered by 2020.
At the Ford plant in Cologne where RS began in 1968 journalists were treated to a veritable feast for the eyes as RS badged models from the 1960’s and recent decades were showcased.
World Rally Championship driver and Gymkhana star Ken Block, showed off his well known drifting skills around the Ford factory before entering the arena to entertain the audience. The popular American is a consultant on the all-new Focus RS and the only non-Ford person to drive the car.
The official unveiling of the all-new Focus RS saw it become Ford’s 30th badged RS. Powered by a 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine, which is also fitted to the Mustang, it has been developed for RS producing more than 320PS and will be the first Ford Performance car to feature ground-breaking All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring which will offer exceptional grip, class-leading cornering speed and limit handling.
“The new Focus RS represents Ford at its passionate best – delivering innovation, unmatched driving dynamics and stunning performance that was previously the sole province of high-priced performance luxury marques and exotics,” said Jim Farley, president, Ford of Europe, Middle East and Africa. “We are acutely aware of the benchmarks we have set ourselves with RS performance models through the years, and rest assured that this new car raises the game to a new level.
Only now available as a five door, Ford didn’t release many performance details although it will come with two-mode switchable dampers which will offer a firmer setting for track driving, a stiffer suspension than the Focus ST and an exterior design developed to deliver balanced performance with plenty of high-speed handling and stability. Of course Ford will tune the RS to deliver the signature burble and popping sound so commonly associated with the badge.
“This very special 2.3-litre EcoBoost unit will inspire drivers as they feel the surge of the turbo, and reward them as they take it to the red line – all delivered with a stirring sound guaranteed to put a smile on your face,” Dave Pericak, director of Global Ford Performance said.
Looking less aggressive than its predecessor but still as bold and unveiled in a calming Liquid Blue colour scheme, it has a new front-end with a bolder grille above the deep front splitter while the rear is dominated by a large diffuser. Recaro sports seats define the interior with a simpler Ford cabin that has been seen of late in the Focus and Mondeo. Their SYNC connectivity system also responds to the “Find a race track” voice command and with further announcements due on performance figures and a release date at the Geneva Motor Show, then we are sure drivers will be taking them on circuits to enjoy the thrill of the all-new Focus RS.