2016 Ford Focus RS News, price and release

Prototype of the 2016 Ford Focus RS was spotted on the streets, and looks like rumors about its new generation are finally proved to be true. The changes will be extensive, while some sources indicate that new Focus RS could actually come as an all-wheel drive vehicle. Although RS model never reached the US market, looks like this time around some things will be changed. Ford’s “ONE Ford” plan, which includes same product line for all markets, will enable US customers to purchase their own 2106 Focus RS.

2016 Ford Focus RS Front

2016 Ford Focus RS design

This popular hatchback will be redesigned for the upcoming model year. As visible from the spy shots, its front end will be much more aggressive, while rear end will also suffer some alterations. Designers managed to make Focus more aggressive with altered front grill, reshaped and bigger air vents, big wheels and accentuated rear spoiler.

Inside, new Focus RS will follow the design direction of its exterior. Although dash design and overall layout will be the same as before 2016 Ford Focus RS will receive numerous upgrades regarding materials, features and new color schemes. Contrast stitching will be incorporated into the sportier design of seats, while Alcantara leather will be majorly used.

Ford’s Sync with MyFord Touch infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Sync AppLink are all part of the equipment which will be available for 2016 Rs buyers.

2016 Ford Focus RS Rear

2016 Ford Focus RS engine

Under the hood of 2016 Focus RS we will probably find 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, which currently runs Ford Mustang. Its RS-tuned output will probably be somewhere between 325 hp and 350 hp. Packed with Mustang, this engine delivers 310 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque.

Transmission choices are not completely known. 6-speed manual gearbox will be standard, while it is still unclear whether automatic gearbox will be available by the time it comes out. The power from the engine will be transferred to either front- or all-wheels, while AWD looks like more probable option.

2016 Ford Focus RS Side

2016 Ford Focus RS rivals

Since RS version of Ford Focus offers great performances, we can easily say that its biggest rivals are Subaru WRX STI and Volkswagen Golf R. Beside these two, people who are interested in vehicles such as  Ford Focus RS can also check Mazda 3 MPS, as well as BMW M3.

2016 Ford Focus RS price and release

Specific design and packages of equipment, as well as sport-tuned performance of the RS, influenced its price to be bigger than the “regular” Ford Focus. Its 2016 model price tag will be around $40,000, or slightly under that figure. The release of the model will be during the first half of 2015, while its sales should start around summer.

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