Brand new pictures of Ford's 296bhp megahatch
10 December 2008

Ford has released more than 20 pics of its stunning new Focus RS. The low-slung hatch is powered by a 300bhp 5-cylinder petrol turbo unit that should take it to 60mph in less than six seconds. And it's got the looks to match.

>>See all the pics of the stunning new Ford Focus RS

Ford found during testing that the combination of the Quaife limited-slip diff and RevoKnuckle front suspension was so effective that it has abandoned the idea of giving the Focus RS a four-wheel drive system.

>> Read about Jost Capito's appointment as Ford's director of global performance vehicles.

>> autocar.tv: Watch Jost Capito talk Steve Sutcliffe around the new Focus RS

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10 December 2008

[quote Autocar]Bonnet louvres pay homage to the Escort RS Cosworth and provide a ram-air effect for the turbos[/quote]

Only if the car is travelling at high speed in reverse! The louvres in that photograph are pointing backwards (as they do in the Cosworths) to extract hot air from the engine bay.

10 December 2008

300bhp through the front wheels? I'd love to know if they've really managed to do this (as they're claiming) without making the car behave like a rino on acid, .

10 December 2008

Just what is the problem with having 4WD? 300bhp through the front wheels - even with a trick diff, etc Madness!! Isn't the RS meant to be the road version of the WRCar? So why isn't it 2L Turbo 4WD? Ford fans have been crying out for a 4WD version, and this comes out - all very nice I'm sure, but it's a well specced ST. A missed opportunity.

10 December 2008

"Ford found during testing that the combination of the Quaife limited-slip diff and RevoKnuckle front suspension was so effective that it has abandoned the idea of giving the Focus RS a four-wheel drive system"

in other words... Ford found during testing that the development budget had been slashed and marketing said no one would pay so much for a Focus - no matter how quick so they did what they could on the cheap.....

They even got the engine cheap.. 300bhp 5-cylinder petrol turbo? that will be the R Type variant from Volvo then rather than the standard. Must be loads sitting in a shed somewhere, enough for a production run this size, just pop a new engine cover on.. But then the Volvo R types did have 4 wheel drive so perhaps it is more needed than Ford would admit.

10 December 2008

There was an Autodelta tuned Alfa Romeo 147 GTA with a 3.5 or a 3.7 liter engine that had over 330hp through the front wheels and was apparetly pretty fast arounf the Top Gear track and that without extensive testing and somewhat basic suspension set-up.

10 December 2008

[quote Russian_dude]There was an Autodelta tuned Alfa Romeo 147 GTA with a 3.5 or a 3.7 liter engine that had over 330hp through the front wheels and was apparetly pretty fast arounf the Top Gear track and that without extensive testing and somewhat basic suspension set-up.[/quote]

Would be surprised if its suspension was basic. When they did the production 3.2, with 250hp FWD, enthusiastic driving would have the traction control continuously working, and without it was pretty much undriveable...enthusiastically, that is. The Stig lap had it seconds behind the Golf R32 and Focus RS. It was fast in a straight line though.

Besides, a car being put round a track by a professional race/test driver is a long way from your friendly Essex chav driving like a plum on his mum's insurance around the Romford ring road.

Looking at the Focus pictures, I did wonder though, just how long did the Ford design people spend looking at the Clio 197 for its design cues?

10 December 2008

I am a bit surprised they bottled 4 wheel drive, couldn't they have beefed up some stuff from the Kuga parts bin? Kuga is Focus based so can't have been a million miles from being adaptable?

Gives me a new idea...

10 December 2008

I understand their basis for doing this, a la Lotus style thinking. I hear what people are saying about 4WD, but I will wait to see the proof of the pudding before trying to nail their feet on the floor, like some comments above. Adding 4WD also has its disadvantages, as I believe Mr Capito has explained in interviews before in the magazine snippets i have read. It basically adds a a lot of weight! Anyone actually picked up a propshaft, diff and half shafts recently?

Maybe technology has moved on to allow them to put more power on 2WD, and if they have I say good for them. I know people with the Quaife diff in other cars and it works very well, as the Mk1 Focus RS. If they've sorted out the suspension geometry on this one then I reckon it should be OK. I hope I am not wrong and don't have to eat humble pie.... :O)

10 December 2008

I understand there being a bit of doubt, but to slate the car (and Ford) for not having 4WD before anyone's driven it is a bit OTT.

I'm sure I remember a comment in one of Sutters Autocar columns that, although a bit cryptic, basically said this car was on another level from a performance/handling/traction perspective.

So come on Autocar, when are we going to see a road test of some sort?

10 December 2008

"Stunning" eh? If you consider a pumped up ST with fancy rear wing stunning, then maybe, but I don't consider it to be stunning in any way!

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