Ford adds hardcore Focus RS to hatch line-up

Ford adds hardcore Focus RS to hatch line-up

A toe-dipping test import of the fiery Ford Focus RS was so successful that the company is biting the bullet and bringing the hardcore hatches in ‘properly.’

The rally-bred Focus RS weights around 1500kg, but pushes that along with a 275kW/440Nm wallop courtesy of the company’s 2.3-litre four-cylinder EcoBoost engine.

It’s had a number of technology updates that make it even more tractable – a beefier all-wheel-drive system with selectable drive modes and dynamic torque vectoring take its grip ability to a whole new level.


Brembo brakes are always performance tell, but with the aggressive body modifications, bright colours and big wheels, the $69,880 beast isn’t going to go unnoticed.

“With New Zealand’s love for rallying and hot hatches, the Focus RS has a very enthusiastic and avid following,” said Ford New Zealand managing director, Corey Holter.

“When we brought in the previous Focus RS, it sold out the day we announced it. While we will have more available this time around, we are optimistic that the new Focus RS will prove to be similarly popular and in demand – especially when you consider the refined power, high level of technology and the new advanced Ford Performance all-wheel drive.”

The only bad news here for gravel guys is that it isn’t going to land until mid-2106.

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