The highly-anticipated 2016 Ford Focus RS will go on sale in Australia mid next year, retailing from a surprisingly low $50,990.
At this price point it should easily be able to fend off rivals such as the Volkswagen Golf R, Renault Megane, and the Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG, all of which are more expensive or less powerful than the new Focus RS.
It’s been confirmed Australians will receive the full-cream version as sold overseas, comprising of a 2.3-litre EcoBoost turbo four-cylinder running up to 23.2 psi of boost pressure.
The unit develops 257kW of power at 6000rpm, and 440Nm of torque available between 1600rpm and 5000rpm. Ford says that up to 470Nm is available for around 15 seconds during ‘overboost’ (full throttle).
No local performance figures have been mentioned at this stage, however, the unit has been rated at 8.1L/100km for combined cycle fuel consumption. With a kerb weight of 1575kg, the all-wheel drive Focus RS, coming exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission, is able to dust off 0-100km/h in just 4.7 seconds according to overseas specs.
Local buyers will be able to select between a number of options, including performance 19-inch forged alloy wheels, and four different paint colour options, three of which demand a $450 premium. Premium colours include Nitrous blue, Magnetic grey, and Shadow black, while white is standard.
Standard features include Recaro bucket seats, Fords’ SYNC2 user interface with an 8.0-inch touch-screen, a nine-speaker stereo, a rear-view camera and sat-nav, dual-zone climate control, and cruise control with a speed limiter.
The new model is expected to be a popular-seller when it arrives. Ford says deliveries are scheduled to commence during mid-2016.