Ford begins production of the long-awaited new Focus RS hot hatch image

The first unit of one of the most anticipated performance hatchbacks of the year has just rolled off the production line.

Enthusiasts have been eager to find out what the new Focus RS is capable of since the hot hatch has been publically unveiled. Their wait is almost over, as Ford has just announced that production has started in Saarlouis plant, Germany. Expectations are high for the third Focus RS generation, as its performances figures are worthy of supercars’ territory. The model is powered by a specially engineered version of Ford’s new 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine, lifted from the Mustang, an all-aluminum engine that deliveries 350 PS and catapulting the hatchback from 0 to 100 km/h in 4,7 seconds. On top of that, the power is put to tarmac through an All Wheel Drive system with Dynamic Torque Vectoring, featuring also a Drift Mode and a Launch Control option. Ford declared that, since order books first opened in September, customers have already placed more than 3,100 orders for the new Focus RS.

Similar to the fans, the company has also hopes for its performance cars for Europe, expecting to produce 41,000 units in the region this year, up from 29,000 in 2015. This represents an increase of 40 per cent year-over-year, and comes after 2015 sales of performance vehicles in Europe showed a 62 percent boost compared with 2014. Ford’s fun-to-drive lineup is definitely becoming an alluring one, with the new Focus RS, alongside Ford Mustang, Focus ST, Fiesta ST and with upcoming Ford GT supercar. The automaker has promised to bring 12 new performance vehicles globally until 2020.