Few cars at any price are as hotly anticipated as the new Ford Focus RS, the new 350 horsepower all-wheel drive God Hatch. Now that it’s on sale in Europe, our tame racing driver Robb Holland has one and wants to show us what it can do on one of the oldest and most dangerous race courses in the world.
Displaying seven generations of cars in the Ford RS lineup on your desktop is kind of like having a family photo there—a photo that not only celebrates the fact that Americans can actually have the 2016 Ford Focus RS, but also helps everyone at the office understand just where your heart lies.
Everyone knows that the Germans make some serious performance cars. But what happens when the European division of an American car company sets up shop on Bavarian turf to produce what may be the greatest hot hatch ever? Can it stand up to BMW’s best?
Please enjoy the following 40 seconds of American celebration including: AC/DC, drift mode, tire smoke, a V8, and red, (white) and blue between a Ford Mustang GT and a Ford Focus RS at Silverstone Circuit.
I’m not old enough to be able to explain why anyone would want to wear Zubaz pants, but I’m old enough to have seen a grown man wearing them and to be haunted by the memory. I can now blame Ken Block’s RS RX rallycross beast for resurrecting what a significant investment in therapy had tried to kill
You’re looking at one of the most seriously fast, capable, focused race cars on the planet. And it sounds, well, silly.
At the end of Ken Block’s most recent tire-destroying drift madness video (AKA Gymkhana 8), we caught our first glimpse of what Ford was calling the Ford Focus RS RX. We didn’t know much about it, but now we know just how wild it is. 600 horsepower, over 650 lb-ft of torque, and zero to 60 mph in less than two seconds.
Ken Block’s Gymkhana 8 was absolutely wild, with donuts around both a Raptor on its side and a giant airplane, but at the end, something weird happened. After the usual rolling of credits, we saw another car – one that Ford says was Ken Block’s Ford Focus RS RX. But we’ve never heard of that car before.
For the first time in North America, you can order a car from the factory with winter tires, and the new Ford Focus RS is the first car to get the package. It’s as if it’s designed for snow hoonage out of the box!
The Ford Focus RS is the ridiculously powerful hatchback Europe has been teasing us with for years. But now the heavens smile upon the U.S. and will grace us with Ford’s craziest family car. Except now the RS is a driftmobile with all-wheel drive. What do you need to know before you buy a Focus RS? Don’t worry, we’ll…
The most impressive thing about the 2016 Ford Focus RS isn’t the Drift Mode or the fact that it’s stupidly fast on track without showing any sign of understeer. What you’ll really love is how refined and easy it is as a road car. No hot hatch ticks all the boxes quite like Ford’s does—and rejoice, for this Euro legend…
For all their fancy all-wheel drive gizmos, the new 2016 Ford Focus RS boasts one thing the other hot hatchbacks just don’t have: it has a mode that basically lets it drift on command. And it turns out it’s really easy to use.
In Europe, the 2016 Ford Focus RS produces 324 foot pounds of torque, according to the government. In reality, it gives you the full 350 all the time and will light up its tires mid-corner have you decided to switch off the traction control. But you can, and that’s important.
The 2016 Ford Focus RS: all-wheel drive, 2.3 liters, four cylinders, 350 horsepower, 350 pound-feet of torque... minus 100 Euros.
The upcoming Ford Focus RS launch is just the newest RS hotness to grace this planet in the last 40 years. Ford just dropped a handy informational site detailing the history of its performance models, as well as this handy graphic. See it in full after the jump.
The 2016 Focus RS is almost at a Ford dealership near you, so it’s time to learn how to push this 350hp all-wheel drive hatchback into ‘controlled oversteer drifts’, with stunt driver and friend of the BBC Ben Collins himself.