We knew that the Ford Focus RS had grabbed 500 orders even before its specifications were announced at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. But now, Ford says that another 1000 bookings have come their way without the car even being available for test drives.
Andy Barratt, Ford of Britain chairman and managing director said, “We expected those first in the queue, many of whom are owners of previous RS models, to be exacting about their requirements, and so it has proved, with many opting for motorsport-style Recaro shell front seats, 19in black forged alloy wheels, luxury pack, electric tilt/side sunroof and Ford SYNC2 navigation and sound system.”
Standard equipment on the Focus RS includes 19-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels, 350 mm ventilated front disc brakes, RS performance rear spoiler, Recaro front seats, Bi-Xenon headlamps, twin high-performance exhaust, dual-zone electronic temperature control, washer jets, heated windscreen and a Thatcham Category 1 alarm system.
The RS is powered by an all-aluminium 2.3-litre four cylinder EcoBoost engine that also does duty in the Mustang, but has been tuned to produce 10% more power taking the output to 350 hp and 350 lb-ft (475 Nm) of torque. 0-62 mph (100 km/h) is achieved in 4.7 seconds owing to the Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring and Launch Control technology. Top speed is claimed to be 165 mph (265.54 km/h).
Ford UK offers the 2016 Focus RS in five different colour finishes which include Metallic and Mica options. It has a recommended on-road price of £28,940.