2.5 litre 5 cylinder
speed manual FWD
When it appeared in 2009, the Mk2 Ford Focus RS was the fastest
production Focus in the model's 10 year history.
The second generation Ford Focus RS was developed by a small
team of dedicated engineers, under the direction of Jost Capito,
Ford of Europe's Vehicle Line Director for Performance Vehicles.
Capito said of the car: "We want the new Focus RS to be
a serious high performance car as much a car for driving
enthusiasts as the one before it and classic Ford RS models
of the past. Were staying true to the core RS principles
of an exciting, yet affordable performance road car you can
live with every day."
Powering the 2009 Ford Focus RS is a turbocharged, 2.5 litre,
5 cylinder, Duratech engine. This powerplant is tuned to develop
300 horsepower and 302lb/ft (410Nm) of torque. In order to achieve
these figures, Ford's engineers developed unique camshafts,
a revised cylinder head and gasket, and revised intake and exhaust
manifold systems for the car.
Sending the power to the front wheels is a manual gearbox -
through a Quaife Automatic Torque Biasing limited-slip differential.
The limited-slip differential works in conjunction with a front
suspension system Ford has named the 'RevoKnuckle'. This system
is designed to reduce torque steer during hard acceleration,
cornering or driving on uneven surfaces, when torque on the
driven wheels exceeds grips levels. Torque steer is characterized
by sudden turning force on the steering wheel, and can be exacerbated
by vehicles with wide tires and limited-slip differentials.
The Ford Focus RS features a a 40mm wider track, stronger, longer
driveshafts, revised springs and dampers and a thicker, longer
rear anti-roll bar. The brakes also have been upgraded, with
336mm ventilated front discs and 300mm rear discs.
The exterior design of the 2009 Ford Focus RS is aggressive
to say the least. The front-end is adorned with a multitude
of vents, grilles and louvres. All nicely finished in gloss
black. The car sits low, and has flared wheel arches complemented
by revised, deeper side skirts.
At the rear of the Focus RS, a deep rear bumper incorporates
a large venturi tunnel into its lower edge, with small vents
at each corner of the bumper. Two chrome tailpipes sit either
side of the black colored venturi tunnel.
The interior of the Ford Focus RS is dominated by Recaro high-performance
sports seats, specially designed for excellent support.
The centre console is finished in a gloss, carbon-look trim
and metallic highlights abound, from air vents, door grab handles,
switchgear and gearshift surround, to RS-branded scuff plates
on the door sills.
Review by: Anonymous:
I recently purchased a new 2010 Ford Focus RS, and it is absolutely
amazing, I also have a Ford Falcon XR8 and compared to the RS
it is "boring"!
The power, torque and speed is outstanding, and it corners superbly,
even dropping into a corner a little fast it just powers around.
The finish etc is really good.
The only criticism is that there is no cruise control, as it
tends to want to sneak above the speed limit on the highway
and one must be mindful...
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