American enthusiasts have been begging for a Focus RS for years. And in 2016, the Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] is finally going to deliver.
The specs indicate the hot hatch will be worth the wait.
Its turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder—a tweaked version of the Mustang EcoBoost's mill—produces 345 horsepower and 327 pound-feet of torque, and power is delivered to the pavement via a trick torque-vectoring Ford Performance all-wheel-drive system. The 0-62 sprint falls in just 4.7 seconds, top speed is 165 mph, and in a nod to purists, the pocket rocket only comes with a stick.
In the lead up to the market debut next spring, Ford has produced a documentary tracking its development and testing, which should be an interesting look into one of next year's most eagerly anticipated cars. Watch the trailer for an inside look at the story behind the next incarnation of the legendary model.
The 2016 Ford Focus RS starts at $36,605, including destination.