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Things To Know About the Ford Focus RSBy Product Expert | Posted in Ford Focus, Ford Focus RS on Friday, April 24th, 2015 at 1:49 pm
Ford Focus RS Engine’s Horsepower
We won’t be seeing the Ford Focus RS for about a year yet, but just like you there is plenty that we want to know before they arrive. Though we don’t know certain particulars, like why all we’ve heard so far about what’s under the hood is that the Ford Focus RS Engine’s horsepower will be at least 315, but we do know more than we did.
Engine and Power
Something new we do know about the 2.3-liter turbo is why Ford continues to say at least 315 horsepower because they plan to exceed that, even though they have already reached that number. It is already better than what the same engine can do in the 2015 Mustang, but we wouldn’t mind seeing a few more horses squeezed into the engine.
The transmission to go along with this engine, no matter how powerful, will be a six-speed manual and only a six-speed manual. The clutch has been upgraded and has said the computer doesn’t necessarily need to protect the drivetrain. It can handle the whole thing all the time. The shifter will also have shorter throws than those found on the Focus ST.
Wheels and Brakes
The standard tires that you’ll find on the Ford Focus RS are the Michelin Pilot Super Sports. Pilot Cup 2s will also be available along with blacked-out, forged aluminum wheels, which will shave off four pounds total. Not a significant difference, but we do think that the blacked-out wheels look a little nicer. Whatever you end up going with, Brembo brakes are standard.
Everything Else (chassis, seats and price)
The chassis of the RS is stiffer to handle all the grip that it has so that the wheels can better stay planted. The stand seats are Recaro bucket seats, which can be upgraded with suede inserts, seat heaters and coolers. The standard model will be priced somewhere just under $40,000. It will come in four colors: black, white, nitrous blue and a stealth flat gray.