2017 Ford Focus RS Review
Every year for the past 10 years Car and Driver magazine has conducted a shoot-out among the fastest cars on sale that year, and compared their lap times to the fastest cars of previous years. 2016 was the first years that the publication tested a 350 horsepower Ford Focus RS and the results were astounding. Its lap time but it just 0.4 seconds beyond the 707 horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and 0.1 second ahead of the 455 horsepower Chevrolet Camaro 1LE. Not only are these cars with greater horsepower of the Ford Focus RS, but their MSRP is nearly twice as much as well. There’s no doubt the Ford Focus RS is a giant killer.
The performance of the Ford Focus RS is elevated by its proprietary all-wheel drive system. Most all-wheel drive systems are designed to pull you through sand, mud, or deep snow, and aren’t configured to improve the handling of the vehicle on dry or wet roads.
The system in the Ford Focus RS is entirely different. While called a Torque Vectoring it works differently to the Torque Vectoring systems offered other cars. In most rivals torque vectoring usually means activating the brakes on the inside front wheel to help pivot the car around the corner. Of course engaging the brakes slows the car down.
In the case of the Focus RS the Torque Vectoring system actually pushes more torque to the outside rear wheel, effectively speeding it up and pushing the car around from the rear, without a loss of speed. Ford says it effectively eliminates understeer when driving into a corner but also provides the Focus RS the capability to corner with over 1g of lateral acceleration.
The engine itself is a version of Ford’s 2.3L EcoBoost, which is an all-aluminum four-cylinder engine, with DOHC and four valves per cylinder with Twin Independent Variable Cam Timing (Ti-VCT). Stroke is unusually long for a performance engine at 94 mm with a bore of 87.6 mm. Where the power is made is through a Honeywell twin-scroll fixed geometry turbocharger, with fuel, ignition and the turbocharger controlled by Bosch engine management. Full power comes on at a relatively low 6000 rpm, with peak torque at 3200 rpm.
One of the most talked-about features of the Ford Focus RS are the driver-select Drive Modes that configure the car to deliver optimum performance in road or circuit driving conditions – normal, sport, track or a special industry-first drift mode.
The styling of the 2017 Ford Focus RS includes an aggressive new front-end appearance with an aggressive upper grille above the deep front splitter, creating the largest possible openings for airflow to cool the engine. The wide frontal stance is further emphasized by functional brake cooling ducts and vertically mounted fog lamps.
The high-performance nature of the Ford Focus RS is reflected in the interior as well. Heavily-bolstered Recaro sports seats, a race-inspired flat-bottomed leather-covered steering wheel, alloy pedals and unique instrument panel graphics. The distinctive blue RS theme carries through to stitching on the seats, steering wheel, floor mats and interior trim, a colored graphic on the gear shift, and RS logos on the seats, steering wheel, and door sill plates.
If you’re looking for a high-performance compact car that with the push of a button can be a docile all-arounder, but with another push of a button is ready, willing, and able for a track day, the 2017 Ford Focus RS is the performance car for you. Come into Lamb Ford today to learn more about the new Ford Focus RS.