2016 Ford Focus RS Clocked at 4.7 Seconds 0-62 MPH, Costs $36,605
Let the games begin.
The 2016 Ford Focus RS is poised to take on the Subaru WRX STI and Volkswagen Golf R, albeit with substantially more power, torque, and a hooligan-spec Drift Mode. New information from Ford also confirms what we all suspected—a competitive sub-5-second sprint from 0-62 mph and a starting price of $36,605, nestled right between its rivals.
A video courtesy of Ford Europe gives us an early taste of the snarling exhaust note and tire-shredding capability of its long-anticipated hot hatch. The 2016 Ford Focus RS, using its available launch control function, can eclipse 62 mph in 4.7 seconds. Ford tells us it will announce an official 0-60 mph time for its U.S.-spec cars very soon, but we expect a reduction to 4.6 seconds.
That's very quick, but not anything well beyond the Golf R and WRX STI. The Golf R hits the mark in 4.5 seconds with its dual-clutch automatic transmission (5.3 with a manual), while the manual-only WRX STI also does the deed in 4.6 seconds. All versions of the 2016 Ford Focus RS come standard with a six-speed manual gearbox, and a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder making 345 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque, while the Golf R and STI make do with 292 hp and 280 lb-ft, and 305-hp and 290 lb-ft, respectively.
We have high hopes for the 2016 Ford Focus RS, and 0-60 times don't tell the whole story. The Euro-bred hot hatch has an advanced torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system, sticky Michelin Pilot Super Sport summer tires, and Recaro bucket seats that could turn it into a serious trump card at the ultra-hot-hatch table.
The good news is that despite the added performance potential, starting price for the 2016 Ford Focus RS is just what we predicted back in February. For $36,605 including destination, the Focus RS comes with SYNC 3 infotainment, start/stop, Recaro partial-leather bucket seats with RS logos, and a 10-speaker Sony audio system. Stand-alone goodies include 19-inch black-painted, forged alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 summer track tires ($1,990 together, or $1,395 for the wheels alone), or an $895 power moonroof. Available colors include Shadow Black, Frozen White, Stealth Gray, and Nitrous Blue ($695).
The main option Ford is offering is the$2,785 RS2 Package, which bundles an 8-way power driver seat, full-leather Recaro seats with Dinamica inserts, heated mirrors, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and navigation, bringing the total up to $39,390. Comparable packages on the competition bring totals to $39,910 for the Golf R, and $40,790 on the WRX STI.
The 2016 Ford Focus RS is set to go on sale in the U.S. in spring 2016. We'll take one in blue.