2016 Ford Focus RS: All-Wheel Drive Or Front-Wheel Drive?

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We're pretty amped about the debut of the 2016 Ford Focus RS tomorrow, and even more amped that it's coming to America. But surprisingly, there's still quite a but we don't know about it, especially when it comes to how it will put down all that power.


Right now we're about certain it will have a 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbo inline four, sourced from the new Mustang and Lincoln MKC, with a bare minimum of 300 horsepower; probably more. That's pretty much a lock.


The biggest question is whether it will go all-wheel drive, to better compete with more expensive performance cars like the Golf R and WRX STI, or if it will retain the front-wheel drive layout of the Focus ST and previous generation RS-es.

Guess what? Nobody else seems to know yet, either. Road & Track says AWD; the UK's CAR Magazine says front-wheel drive with a "concoction of differentials and electronic nannies to make sure that the front tires aren't pulverized at every T-junction."

I think it will go all-wheel drive, but my dear colleague Travis has a hunch it will stay a front-driver. Honestly, I'd be happy either way, because I'm just glad we're getting it.

Here's our discussion below. Jump in and let us know what you think in the comments, and if you have some proof of one or the other, feel free to share with the rest of the class.

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In a such a small car, FWD. I can see reliability and costly parts fixing for such small AWD hatch systems. I mean no one's ever going to buy a 40000$ hatch unless it's an A1 Quattro.

Hatches are practical.