Ford Focus RS Coming to North America
Euro spec vehicles always seem to be built better and offer more than that ones available on this side of the big puddle. This has been a wonderful point to complain about for a long time, but Ford decided to bring that to a halt and offer up something that is right on par with the cars available in Europe.
The starting point is the 2009 Ford Focus RS. Even though it is set to make its debut at the London Motor Show later this month, the images are very accurate to what it will look like when you see it on the road. According to Ford, only minor details will be changed if any changes are made at all.
The Focus RS sits low to the ground and has a fairly wide stance to keep cornering easy and relaxed. The package also gets you a new front fascia, vented hood, high-rise spoiler above the hatch and a dual-exhaust system for a more aggressive sound.
Providing power is a 2.5 liter Duratec inline-5 topped off with a turbocharger. It is said to make 295 horsepower and 302 ft/lbs of torque at the front wheels. Normally, this would spell trouble as torque steer would be a huge issue. However, Ford has developed a new front suspension system, unique to the Focus RS, which should clean up that issue. The system, named "Revoknuckle," uses a Quaife Automatic Torque Biasing limited-slip differential in conjunction with the suspension components and some sensors to almost completely eliminate torque steer.
The interior is just as nice as the exterior with color-keyed Recaro bucket seats and an easy to use climate control and audio system. There is an additional set of gauges above the center grouping and more than enough carbon-fiber and metallic accent pieces for everyone. In the center, a 6-speed short throw transmission waits for a good run through all the gears.
What makes this Euro spec so nice is that we don't have to sit here and wish we could get our hands on it; The RS already has plans of hitting American soil. The pricing isn't 100% yet, but either way it's going to be one of the hottest cars on the lots.
From : Ford