The 2017 Focus RS is a sporty new hatchback that’s bound to make other drivers jealous. In addition to a sleek new exterior, the RS has a powerful engine and smooth-shifting transmission to making driving truly thrilling. Plus, with innovative high-tech features, the 2017 model year is perfect for any driver looking for convenience. Read on to learn more about the 2017 Focus RS performance.
According to Forbes, the new hatchback comes with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that’s been designed for high output. When properly equipped the Focus RS gets 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with a six-speed transmission to optimize acceleration, providing a smooth yet fast ride.
After a first-drive review, Forbes auto contributor Sam Abuelsamid writes that “Overall, if you’re looking for a quick (sub 5-second 0-60) rally-inspired machine that will stand up to a good thrashing without being punishing to live with, the Ford Focus RS worth checking out. “
Other great features on the RS include the Recaro sports seats, standard for the passenger and driver, as well as plenty of legroom. The SYNC 3 system is also great for those who love music and entertainment, as this media device comes with easy access thank to voice recognition and Bluetooth. Stop by Packey Webb Ford to learn more about the latest Ford Focus.
Sports car enthusiasts have been around for decades. Certainly most drivers harbor some kind of desire to get behind the wheel of a powerful vehicle designed for speedy thrills, nimble handling, and athletic good looks. Some of the most respected and recognizable sports cars come from Ford’s lineup; just think about how iconic the Mustang is. The fact of the matter is that more Ford performance cars are selling better than ever, with more and more people turning to Ford to quench their need for high-speed, adrenaline-pumping fun.
Whether it’s the Mustang or the Focus RS, Focus ST, or Fiesta ST, Ford is seeing record numbers of younger and more affluent car buyers turning to the brand for their muscle car fix. In fact, the volume of performance cars being sold in Ford’s lineup has nearly doubled in the past three years, with 2016’s numbers totaling 200,000 units globally in 2016 alone. The Ford Mustang was also the best-selling sports coupe of 2015 around the world.
The numbers won’t stop growing there. Ford performance cars are expanding, including the release of the first 500 Ford GT cars and the new F-150 Raptor. Over 6,500 people have applied for ownership of the GT nameplates, meaning these vehicles are already facing high demand, even in limited release.
For Ford enthusiasts and tuners, February 3rd is likely to become some sort of unofficial holiday. That’s the day that Ford is set to officially unveil the much-anticipated Ford Focus RS. To promote its upcoming arrival, Ford released a short video showing the RS doing what it’s likely to do best: drifting.
For those unfamiliar, drifting is when a driver oversteers, deliberately causing the rear end, or the entire vehicle, to lose traction and slide. Though Ford’s promo video informs us that professional drivers were manning the Focus RS, you can almost see the RS smiling as it undergoes drift after drift, like it has a life of its own.
We’ll have to wait until the Focus RS release date, February 3rd, to get more specific details about the new tuner. Digital Trends speculates that the Focus could be AWD and have a “turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder” powertrain pumping out 300 horsepower. Considering the other stunning performance bombs Ford has dropped so far this year, including the Ford GT350, there’s no doubt the Focus RS will be just as worthy an addition.