All-new Ford Focus RS global release craves AWD

By Peter Chubb - Dec 12, 2014

We already knew that Ford was working on an all-new Focus RS, but what we did not know is that it will be a global release, something the company has been pushing a lot lately. This will be one of 12 new performance vehicles Ford will bring to the global market by 2020, although we won’t have to wait long for this beauty.

The images you see are not of the 2016 Ford Focus RS, as the upcoming model has yet to be seen out and about being tested. However, we already have a few concerns, one of which is to do with its performance.

Ford’s current Focus ST produces 250 horsepower to the front wheels from its 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine. However, while this is still powerful, it is not enough to compete with the new generation of hot hatches.

2016 Ford Focus RS global release

This means Ford will need to go for something with more power, and Top Gear suspects it would be 2.3-litre four-cylinder EcoBoost engine, which we know is used in the Mustang. The added benefit of this means we could expect the new RS model to produce around 330 horsepower.

Concerns – It is all very well having that sort of power, but what is of concern to us is that trying to put all that horsepower to the front wheels could cause torque steer. This means the car could pull to one side if trying to accelerate too much.

Ford has already said its new global Focus RS will be fighty, so we know it will come with plenty of power, and it is for this very reason why the company needs to consider adding AWD. We know that this is a subject matter that has come up before, but surely as more power is needed now is the time for Ford to finally go down an All-Wheel drive route on its next Focus RS?

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All-new Ford Focus RS global release craves AWD