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Ford Focus RS: coming in Q1 2016

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  • Focus RS is an innovative high-performance hatchback that pioneers advanced technologies to deliver the rally-inspired experience – all with MLP* of $50,990*
  • Focus RS features ground-breaking new Ford Performance all-wheel-drive with dynamic torque vectoring  and selectable drive modes
  • Specifically tuned version of 2.3-litre engine developed for Focus RS with comprehensive engineering changes to deliver a maximum 257 kW/440 Nm – combined with  a powerful braking system with Brembo front callipers
  • Dramatic signature exterior design and colour/wheel option offers unique street presence

The high-performance 2016 Ford Focus RS is expected to arrive in local Ford dealerships from mid-2016.

The Focus RS builds on a pedigree of driving thrills dating back to the first Ford RS in 1968.

The Focus RS will be pitched into the high-performance hatch segment; with 51 kW more power than the VW Golf R and 36 kW more power than the Subaru WRX STi. As well, the Focus RS is more competitive in price than the Golf R and Renault Megane RS 275 Cup Premium.

Developed by Ford Performance, the Focus RS has a range of cutting-edge Ford technologies and a specifically tuned version of the new 2.3-litre engine. In the Focus RS it develops 257 kW @ 6,000 rpm and 440 Nm between 1,600 and 5,000 rpm.

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All-out performance

EcoBoost is at the forefront of the LZ series Focus RS and this fuel-efficient technology is shared with more than 80 per cent of Ford Australia’s product line-up.

Visually, the LZ Focus RS has its own unique exterior appearance, which gives the vehicle a muscular and powerful character. The design has also been optimised around the more extreme functional requirements for the RS, including cooling for the engine and brakes and aerodynamic performance. RS design features include:

  • New front fascia and grille, including optimised inlets for engine and brake cooling
  • New rear fascia with large diffuser element including twin exhaust outlets
  • Optimised front and rear spoilers to deliver balanced aerodynamics, with zero lift front and rear
  • Unique 19-inch multi-spoke RS alloy wheels

The interior has a distinctive RS character with a host of special sporting features and detailing. The unique RS interior features include:

  • Signature RS-branded Recaro shell seats, with authentic motor sport micro-fibre fabric panels
  • Flat-base sports steering wheel with a soft-feel leather covered rim and RS badging
  • Binnacle gauges displaying turbocharger boost pressure, oil temperature and oil pressure
  • Satin chrome-topped gear lever
  • Alloy foot pedals
  • Distinctive blue RS stitching on the seats, steering wheel, floor mats and interior trim, the coloured graphic on the gear shifter, and RS logo on the seats, steering wheel and door scuff plates
  • SYNC™ 2 offers customers the benefit of a voice control system that enables them to control their phone, navigation, audio and media inputs and climate control by simple intuitive voice commands or via a large 8-inch high-resolution touchscreen

EcoBoost Engine

The new 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine for the all-new Focus RS shares its fundamental structure with the all-aluminium four-cylinder engine in the all-new Ford Mustang.

The specially tuned 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine has been engineered specifically for the Focus RS, including a new low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger with larger compressor that delivers significantly greater air flow, along with a much bigger intercooler. Peak turbocharger boost is 23.2 psi.

Engine breathing also is enhanced through a less restrictive intake design, and a large-bore high-performance exhaust system with an electronically controlled valve in the tailpipe that helps optimise the balance of back pressure and noise output.

The cylinder head is produced from an upgraded alloy material capable of withstanding higher temperatures, while the cylinder block employs stronger high-tensile cast iron liners.

Engine cooling also has been given the highest priority, with engineers providing additional space within the front of the vehicle to house a significantly larger radiator pack – the biggest ever fitted to a Focus – which provides the level of cooling demanded for intense circuit driving.

Meticulous calibration work has ensured that the power unit delivers excellent low-end responsiveness with a powerful mid-range pull. In its European state of tune, maximum torque of 440 Nm is delivered between 1,600 and 5,000 rpm, with 470 Nm available for up to 15 seconds on transient overboost.

Inspiring performance demands an inspiring soundtrack. Ford Performance engineers have tuned the RS to deliver a rewarding and sporty sound character during spirited driving, with the distinctive burbles and pops that are a RS signature.

The table below outlines the engine/transmission details:

Ford Focus RS

2.3-litre EcoBoost




6-speed manual

Maximum Power

257 kW @ 6,000 rpm

Maximum Torque

440 Nm @ 1,600-5,000 rpm

Recommended Fuel

95-98 RON

Fuel Economy

8.1 litres/100km4


190 g/km4


235/35 R19

Kerb weight

1,575 kg

Tare mass

1,543 kg


2,025 kg

Fuel tank

52.6 litres



  • 2.3-litre EcoBoost (exclusive RS high-performance version)
  • Auto-Stop start technology standard
  • Stall Recovery

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  • All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system with launch control
  • Drive modes – including industry-first ‘drift mode’
  • RS tuned driver selectable sport suspension with adjustable dampers


  • 5-door bodystyle
  • Unique RS bodykit/fascia
  • 19-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels
  • Bi-Xenon HID with LED DTRL
  • Keyless entry
  • Thatcham alarm


  • Recaro-branded shell seats – Partial leather/Micro-fibre fabric panels
  • SYNC2 with Emergency Assistance
  • High-resolution 8-inch high resolution colour touch screen
  • Bluetooth with audio streaming
  • Natural language Voice Control for phone, music, climate and navigation controls
  • Satellite Navigation with ‘One Shot’ destination entry via Voice Control
  • 9-speaker audio
  • USB & RCA inputs
  • Rearview camera
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Push button start
  • Cruise Control with speed limiter


The following option is available with the LZ Focus RS:


The wheels and tyres in this optional pack are designed to improve the Focus RS on track performance while still being suitable for every day road use.

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  • 19-inch forged alloys
  • High-performance lightweight design
  • Low gloss black colour
  • Enhanced strength & impact resistance
  • Weight saving


  • 235/35 R19 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2
  • Enhanced performance in dry and wet track conditions


Four exterior colours are available on the Focus RS, with Nitrous* being an optional colour choice. Other colours for the Australian market are White, Magnetic and Shadow Black.


The Manufacturer List Pricing* (MLP*) for the LZ series Ford Focus RS is:


Recommended Manufacturer List Price* (incl GST)*

RS Hatch


2.3-litre GTDi Petrol Manual




Prestige Paint


Performance Wheel Pack



* Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.



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