If they are to be believed (and usually they are) Ford’s engineers have come up with an awfully complex new suspension system which they call the revo-knuckle, and apparently this all but eradicates torque steer when it’s applied to a traditional suspension strut.
Used in conjunction with a Quaife limited slip diff, it means you can apparently put a zillion lb ft of torque through the front axle without so much as a whiff of torque steer – although all we can do at the moment is wait to drive the RS for ourselves to either prove or disprove the theory.
So long as they’re not fibbing and the RS doesn’t do an impression of an early ‘90s turbocharged Saab, I’m glad that Ford hasn’t made the RS four-wheel drive.
Granted, all-paw systems give more traction and allow you to put more power onto the road, especially when the going is slippery. But they add weight, cost and technical complexity while knocking fuel consumption and emissions.
In fact, apart from pure traction, there’s not a while lot going for four-wheel drive nowadays, assuming a company has the know-how to make a front-driver handle however much torque gets transmitted by the front tyres. Given how generally well mannered the ST Focus is, you have to give Ford the benefit of the doubt in this instance.