Last week we brought you spy photos of the upcoming Ford Focus RS pounding the Nurburgring circuit. Today a new video has surfaced showing the performance flagship doing hot laps around the test track, as it gears up for its 2016 global debut.
The Focus RS will be positioned above the current top dog – the Focus ST. It is expected to use Ford’s new 2.3-litre turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder engine borrowed from the new Mustang, which generates more than 227kW (305 bhp) and 406Nm (300 lb-ft) in the pony car. In the Focus RS, Ford is said to have wound up the wick on the engine to deliver around 243kW (330 bhp), making it 22 kW more powerful than the previous RS.
Drive is sent to the front wheels via a six speed manual gearbox. To tame all that power going to the front axle, the Focus RS will employ a mechanical limited slip differential and RevoKnuckle front suspension (Ford’s adaptation of the MacPherson strut) to quell wheel spin and improve torque distribution.