A new report on the 2016 Ford Focus RS is giving us a glimpse on the upcoming hot hatch which is said to be front-wheel drive, after all.
After releasing the official reveal date for the the brand new American hot hatch is being placed into the spotlights once again, this time with the help of a new report, published by the guys from Autocar. The model in question is said to get the 2.3 liter engine under its hood, just like the initial rumors were saying, which will be borrowed from the new Mustang generation. The EcoBoost four-cylinder unit will be producing approximately 330 HP, making it 10 percent more powerful than the previous 2.5 liter five-cylinder turbo unit, with 301 HP.
According to our source, the peak torque of the model will be standing in beyond the 324 lb-ft provided by the previous model and the fuel economy will be improved too, by about 20 percent. Power will be sent to the front-wheel drive, despite initial reports were indicating that the engineers have tested all-wheel drive variants, and it seems that the front wheels are apparently capable of handling all of that power. The engine will be connected to a 6-speed manual transmission, which will be offered as standard, and the car will get a mechanical limited slip differential, RevoKnuckle front suspension system, a lowered chassis, larger brakes and 19-inch alloy wheels. The 2016 Ford Focus RS will be unveiled on the 3rd of February but it should be launched in late 2016.