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I received this bulletin from my local dealer that they got from Ford Canada. Most of the stuff we already knew but there were a couple of things i didnt know. for instance it will have HID headlights offering cornering functionality. Also one other thing i noticed that was odd was it keeps mentioning 350hp instead of the 345hp i thought they had. Perhaps its the exchange rate. My apoligies for the weird page layout. it didnt copy and past very well and i dont have time to fix it all up.


We are pleased to announce the pricing and packaging strategy for the all-new 2016 Focus RS. The all-new Ford Focus RS is a German-built high-performance 350HP road car that introduces the innovative Ford Performance All-Wheel-Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring, delivering class-leading cornering speed with unsurpassed driver enjoyment. The RS can accelerate to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds and achieve a top speed of 265 km/h.
The Focus RS is equipped with a special 2.3-litre EcoBoost inline 4 cylinder motor engineered to deliver 350 HP and 350 lb.-ft. of torque, and will be available for North American customers in the spring of 2016. RS is part of a performance onslaught by Ford that will bring more than 12 performance vehicles to customers around the world through 2020.

Product Overview

Industry-First Drift Mode
Sporting a dramatic exterior design which delivers enhanced aerodynamics and cooling, the Focus RS also offers technologies new to the RS marque, including selectable Drive Modes, an industry-first Drift Mode that allows controlled oversteer drifts, and Launch Control.
The all-new Focus RS is a very serious machine with high-performance technology and innovative engineering that sets a new benchmark for driving exhilaration.
4 Selectable Drive Modes
The driver can select four different Drive Modes to configure the vehicle to deliver optimum performance in road or circuit driving conditions – with Normal, Sport or Track settings – or a special Drift Mode. Each mode can be selected using a carefully-located switch alongside the gear lever, and has specific settings for the all-wheel-drive (AWD) system, damper controls, Electronic Stability Control system, steering and engine responses, and exhaust sound. The Drift Mode features a specially developed calibration for the AWD system which modifies the torque distribution to help the driver achieve controlled oversteer drifts under circuit conditions.
Launch Control
For ultimate performance off the start-line, Launch Control configures the vehicle’s chassis and powertrain systems to deliver the fastest possible acceleration, whatever the track conditions. The driver selects Launch Control from the cluster menu, engages first gear, applies full throttle and then releases the clutch. The vehicle then delivers optimum drive – including distributing torque through the AWD system, maintaining maximum torque using turbo overboost function, managing the traction control system, and setting the dampers.
Performance Shift Light
To achieve maximum acceleration through the gears, a Performance Shift Light in the instrument cluster alerts the driver when approaching the optimum upshift point of 5,900 rpm, and flashes if the engine hits the limit of 6,800 rpm.
Innovative Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive
The all-new Focus RS features innovative Ford Performance All-Wheel-Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring to deliver a new level of handling capability and driver enjoyment, combining outstanding traction and grip with unmatched agility and cornering speed. The Ford Performance AWD system is based on twin electronically-controlled clutch packs on each side of the rear drive unit.
These manage the car’s front/rear torque split, and also can control the side-to-side torque distribution on the rear axle – delivering the “torque vectoring” capability, which has a dramatic impact on handling and cornering stability.
The control unit in the rear drive unit continuously varies the front/rear and side-to-side torque distribution to suit the current driving situation, monitoring inputs from multiple vehicle sensors 100 times per second. A maximum of 70 per cent of the drive torque can be diverted to the rear axle. Up to 100 per cent of the available torque at the rear axle can be sent to each rear wheel.
During cornering, the rear drive unit pre-emptively diverts torque to the outer rear wheel immediately based on inputs such as steering wheel angle, lateral acceleration, yaw and speed. This torque transfer has the effect of “driving” the car into the bend, achieving improved turn-in and stability, and virtually eliminating understeer.
The AWD system has been tuned to deliver exceptional grip – with lateral acceleration exceeding 1 g – and class-leading cornering speed and acceleration out of a bend. With neutral and adjustable limit handling, and the ability to achieve controlled oversteer drifts at the track; the Focus RS delivers the ultimate fun-to-drive experience.
To deliver optimum driving dynamics, the Ford Performance AWD system was calibrated alongside the car’s advanced Electronic Stability Control, in particular the brake-based Torque Vectoring Control system that works in parallel with the torque-vectoring AWD.
RS Sports Suspension
The RS sports suspension features stiffer spring rates and more efficient bushes and anti-roll-bars than those found in the Focus ST, and two-mode switchable dampers, which offer a firmer setting for track driving. A carefully tuned electric power-assisted steering system, working in combination with an optimized front suspension knuckle design and shorter steering link arms, delivers connected and responsive steering with outstanding feel.
Michelin® High Performance Summer and Winter Tires
Ford Performance engineers worked closely with Michelin to develop high-performance 235/35 R19 Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires to complement the driving dynamics of the Focus RS. Ford Performance engineers have also approved the Michelin 225/40R18 Pilot Alpin PA4 winter tires and developed an 18” RS alloy wheel for cold weather applications. In Canada, a winter tire/wheel package will be standard equipment on the Focus RS and will be shipped separately to the dealership.
Brembo® Brakes
For enhanced braking during hard track driving, the all-new Focus RS features 350 mm (13 ¾ inch) ventilated front discs and lightweight aluminium Brembo® four-piston monoblock calipers – painted in distinctive RS blue with a Brembo® logo. To help avoid fade even under sustained track use, brake cooling has been maximized through dedicated cooling ducts fed from the front fascia, twin “jet tunnels” in the underbody, and airflow guides on the lower suspension arms. The front discs feature aerodynamically optimized ventilation fins for enhanced cooling.
350 HP 2.3-Litre EcoBoost® Engine
The 2.3-litre EcoBoost® engine for the all-new Focus RS shares its fundamental structure with the all-aluminium four-cylinder engine in the all-new Mustang. This engine has been significantly upgraded through a comprehensive package of design changes. Increased output is generated by a new low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger with larger compressor that delivers significantly greater air flow, along with a much bigger intercooler to maximize charge density.
Engine breathing also is enhanced through a less restrictive intake design, and a large-bore high performance exhaust system with an electronically controlled valve in the tailpipe that helps optimize the balance of back pressure and noise output. The cylinder head is produced from an upgraded alloy material capable of withstanding higher temperatures, and is mounted on a more robust head gasket with improved thermal capability. The cylinder block employs stronger high-tensile cast iron liners.
Engine cooling also has been given the highest priority, with engineers creating additional space within the front of the vehicle to house a significantly larger radiator pack – the biggest ever fitted to a Focus – that provides the level of cooling demanded for hard circuit use. Meticulous calibration work has ensured that the power unit delivers excellent low-end responsiveness with a powerful mid-range pull, climbing to a free-revving top-end up to a maximum rev limit of 6,800 rpm.
RS Exhaust Sound
Inspiring performance demands an inspiring soundtrack. Ford Performance engineers have tuned the RS to deliver a rewarding and sporty sound character during spirited driving, with the distinctive burbles and pops that are a RS signature. This very special 2.3-litre EcoBoost unit will inspire drivers as they feel the surge of the turbo, and reward them as they take it to the red line – all delivered with a stirring sound guaranteed to put a smile on the driver’s face.
6-Speed Manual Transmission
The six-speed manual transmission has been optimized for the enthusiast driver with a shorter gear lever and revised mechanism to deliver faster and more accurate shifts. Both the transmission and the clutch have been upgraded with stronger components to cope with the engine’s increased torque output.
Auto-Start-Stop is standard for reduced CO2 emissions
With its high-efficiency EcoBoost design featuring direct fuel injection, twin independent variable camshaft timing and advanced turbocharging, the engine also delivers significantly improved fuel consumption. With Auto-Start-Stop fitted as standard, preliminary figures indicate that CO2emissions will be significantly reduced compared with the previous model.
High Performance Design for Stunning Looks with Optimum Function
The vehicle’s exterior design has also been developed to support the dynamic objectives. Careful aerodynamic optimization of the front splitter, rear spoiler and underbody features eliminates lift forces, and the final design delivers a balanced performance with zero lift front and rear for optimum high-speed handling and stability.
The Focus RS exterior design is both dramatic and functional, with a more powerful and muscular character. Designers worked closely with Ford Performance to ensure that the necessary functional attributes were achieved, focusing on the aerodynamic downforce and balance delivered by the design, as well as the cooling demands of the powertrain and brakes.
The RS features a powerful new front-end appearance with a bold upper trapezoidal grille above the deep front splitter, incorporating the largest possible apertures for engine cooling. A wide, muscular stance is emphasized by the lower wings and large outboard openings on each side of the car, which feed the brake cooling ducts and house vertically-mounted fog lamps.
At the rear, the fascia panel is dominated by the exceptionally large diffuser, which optimizes air flow from under the vehicle to reduce drag, and contains the twin round high-performance exhaust outlets and, in Europe and Asia, a clear central fog lamp. The distinctive rear roof spoiler is carefully integrated with the car’s silhouette through body-coloured side panels featuring a subtle embossed RS logo.
The dynamic side-profile is emphasized by sculptured rocker panels, and the bold wheel lips that house a multi-spoke 19-inch high-performance lightweight forged alloy wheel finished in low-gloss black, which offers enhanced strength and impact resistance with weight savings of 600 g per wheel.
HID Headlamps with LED Signature Lighting and Cornering Functionality
Standard Bi-Xenon HID headlamps offer Cornering Functionality, which adjusts the angle of the headlamp beams according to vehicle speed, and steering angle.
Recaro® 8-Way Power Driver Heated Leather Sports Seats
The high-performance character of the RS is reflected inside the car with heavily-bolstered Recaro®8-Way Power Driver Heated Black Leather sports seats with Miko®-Dinamica inserts as the centrepiece of the cockpit.
Simpler, More Intuitive Interior Controls
The interior features the redesigned Focus control layout with its simpler, more intuitive design. SYNC® 3 connectivity provides access to audio, navigation, climate control and mobile phones via voice control, and via a high-definition, 8-inch colour touchscreen. The Sony® Audio System features 10 speakers and SiriusXM® Radio.
RS-Themed Interior
The RS driving experience is reinforced by a new heated flat-bottomed steering wheel with a soft-feel leather covered rim, alloy foot pedals, and unique instrument graphics within the main cluster. Additional gauges above the centre console display turbocharger boost pressure, oil temperature and oil pressure. The distinctive blue RS theme is echoed through stitching on the seats, steering wheel, floor mats and interior trim, the coloured graphic on the gear shifter, and via the RS logo itself, which is displayed on the seats, steering wheel and door scuff plates.
4 Striking Exterior Colours
4 striking exterior colours include Nitrous Blue, a vibrant four-coat metallic finish exclusive to the RS, as well as Stealth Grey, Shadow Black, and Frozen White.
Rich Heritage of Innovation and Performance
Since the first RS models took to the road, the RS marque has been an essential element of our DNA, delivering technical innovation and performance on both road and track. In the early days of Ford’s success in “Rallye Sport,” the first RS models established a reputation for advanced technology and driving exhilaration that continues today. The all-new Focus RS is true to the core RS principles of innovative engineering and high performance.
Focus RS Canada Pricing Overview
The Focus RS is a German-built fully-equipped high performance AWD compact car that is competitively priced with its competition.
In Canada, the Focus RS in Canada will be offered in one fully-equipped orderable configuration with no free-standing options, except for the chargeable Nitrous Blue Quad-Coat paint. The RS MSRP is $46,969 plus $1,600 D&D and $100 Federal A/C tax. The Nitrous Blue Quad-Coat paint has a $995 MSRP.
The $46,969 MSRP includes heated power Recaro® leather seats, heated mirrors, heated steering wheel, SYNC® 3 with Navigation, Sony® Audio System with 10 speakers with SiriusXM® radio, PowerMoonroof, RS Car Cover, 19” Premium Painted Forged Alloy wheels, 19” Michelin® Pilot Sport Cup 2 summer tires, Michelin® Pilot Alpin PA4 18” Winter Tire & RS Alloy Wheel Package (this winter tire/wheel package is shipped separately to the dealership), plus a whole lot more. A complete Order Guide and Price List will be published to dealers in the near future.
Competitive Overview
The Competition: Subaru WRX STi Sport Tech $45,395 MSRP
The Subaru WRX STi Sport Tech has an MSRP of $45,395 plus D&D and Federal A/C tax. The car has a 305HP engine and includes the following key features: 18-inch BBS forged aluminum alloy wheels, Proximity key with push-button start, Premium leather seating surfaces, 7-inch high-resolution multi-gesture touchscreen Infotainment System with NAV, SiriusXM™ Radio/Traffic (subscription required) and STARLINK™ apps & services, Harman Kardon® premium 9-speaker system (including subwoofer) with a 440-watt amplifier.
The Competition: VW Golf R Technology Package $42,010 MSRP
The VW Golf R with Technology Package has an MSRP of $42,010 plus D&D and Federal A/C tax. The car has a 292HP engine and includes AWD, leather seats, 19” alloy wheels and 6.5” Navigation.
The competition: Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR $51,998 MSRP
The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR has a $51,998 MSRP. The car has a 291HP engine and includes a twin-clutch transmission with paddle shifters, front and rear suspension forged control arms,Eibach® springs, Bilstein® shocks, Brembo® 2-piece front rotors, 18” BBS® forged alloy wheels, power moonroof, xenon HID headlamps, Recaro® front leather seats, 7” Navigation, 710-watt Rockford Fosgate® Punch ® 9-speaker audio.
The competition: Audi S3 Sedan with Technik Trim: $53,050 MSRP
The Audi S3 Sedan has an MSRP of $53,050 when equipped with the Technik Trim, Sport Seat Package, LED Lighting Package and Advanced Handling Package. The car has a 291HP engine, AWD, a dual clutch transmission and is similarly equipped to the Focus RS.
The competition: BMW M235i xDrive Coupé Premium: $53,450 MSRP
The BMW M235i xDrive Coupé with Premium Package has an MSRP of $53,450. The car has a 322HP 6-cylinder twin-turbo engine, an automatic transmission with paddle shifters, AWD and is similarly equipped to the Focus RS with leather interior, moonroof, and navigation.
The competition: Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG 4MATIC: $59,600 MSRP
The Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG 4MATIC with Premium Package, AMG Driver’s Package and AMG Performance Seats has an MSRP of $59,600. The car has a 355HP 4-cylinder turbo engine, a dual-clutch transmission, AWD, and has similar equipment to the Focus RS.
 

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I think the 350 they keep listing is for PS. Its probaable that they've just taken the 350 number and run with it, despite PS and HP being slightly different metrics...
 

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perhaps. We don't use the PS figures in Canada though. Like you say, maybe its just a form that wasn't corrected for release to us.
 

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I heard it will be advertised as having 350HP in North America due to different standards, whereas in Europe it is 345HP.

As for the headlights, I thought only EU model will have that. Hmmm
Also these spec sheets can be changed any time.
 

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I'll be glad if we get that headlight setup plus it's best for them if they can streamline the type of headlight the RS will have, but it can be said with a product like this that variations in a feature like this might not be an issue.
 

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I heard it will be advertised as having 350HP in North America due to different standards, whereas in Europe it is 345HP.

As for the headlights, I thought only EU model will have that. Hmmm
Also these spec sheets can be changed any time.
do you know what the difference is?
 

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Features not fitted to U.S.-market cars
Some of the standard and optional features available elsewhere that won’t be coming to the U.S. market: standard swiveling bi-xenon headlights with headlight washers (we get fixed bi-xenon headlights without washers, as on the U.S. Focus ST), rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, heated washer nozzles, and a heated windshield. Euro buyers can also pay extra for parking sensors, rear privacy glass, power-fold side mirrors, forward collision braking, and cool door edge protectors that automatically pop out when you open a door.


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http://www.automobilemag.com/features/columns/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-2016-ford-focus-rs/
 

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I won't mind not getting those although it would be a nice touch, for the most part what we're really after is how it performs, everything else is complementary.
 
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