We curate the week's events with a focus on the Ferrari, Ford and Porsche sports cars set to roll out at the Geneva Motor Show. Plus, other news and notes from around the automotive world.
2016 Ford Focus RS brings 315 HP and AWD
Ford Focus RSAccording to Raj Nair, group vice president, Global Product Development, Ford Motor Company, "The all-new Focus RS is a serious machine with high-performance technology and innovative engineering that sets a new benchmark for driving exhilaration on the road and track."
He added, "The RS line has a proud history of technical breakthroughs that have migrated to mainstream Ford vehicles to benefit all of our customers, and the new Focus RS is no exception. It's a great example of our passion for innovation through performance, and creating vehicles that make people's hearts pound."
Ford Focus RSThe biggest news that's sure to excite driving enthusiasts about the upcoming Ford Focus RS is its all-wheel-drive system, coupled with its 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine.
Acceleration is sure to be excellent, thanks to its rating of at least 315 horsepower and four-wheel traction, and Ford promises 1 g of lateral acceleration. In other words, this hatchback will stick to the road like glue.
Ford Focus RSAlthough the car shown in these pictures is painted in the same special Liquid Blue color scheme first seen on the all-new Ford GT revealed last month at the North American International Auto Show, production models won't wear this hue. Instead, Ford says it will offer the Focus RS in Nitrous Blue, a vibrant four-coat metallic finish exclusive to RS, as well as Stealth Gray, Absolute Black and Frozen White.
Ford Focus RSKeen observers will notice very aggressive bodywork, complete with air dams, spoilers and intakes designed to keep the turbo engine cool and to keep the car planted on the ground, even at high speeds. Here's how Ford itself describes all that sporty bodywork:
"Focus RS exterior design is both dramatic and functional, with a more powerful and muscular character. Designers worked closely with Ford Performance to ensure that the necessary functional attributes were achieved, focusing on the aerodynamic downforce and balance delivered by the design, as well as the cooling demands of the powertrain and brakes.
"RS features a powerful new front end appearance with a bold upper trapezoidal grille above the deep splitter, incorporating the largest possible apertures for engine cooling. A wide, muscular stance is emphasized by the lower wings and large outboard openings on each side of the car, which feed the brake cooling ducts and house vertically mounted lamps.
"At the rear, the fascia panel is dominated by the exceptionally large diffuser, which optimizes airflow from under the vehicle and contains the twin round high-performance exhaust outlets. Focus RS for Europe and Asia markets will also get a clear central fog lamp. The distinctive rear roof spoiler is carefully integrated with the car's silhouette through body-colored side panels featuring a subtle embossed RS logo.
"The dynamic side profile is emphasized by sculptured rocker panels, and the bold wheel lips that house a choice of multi-spoke 19-inch RS alloy wheels – including a high-performance lightweight forged design finished in low-gloss black, which offers enhanced strength and impact resistance."
Ford Focus RSThere is still a lot of information we don't know about the upcoming Ford Focus RS, such as when it will go on sale in the United States, or how much it will cost. We do know, however, that it was developed with input from rally racer and Gymkhana specialist Ken Block, so we're expecting very good things when we do finally see this hot hatch hit the roads.
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