For the first time, a generation of the high-performance Focus RS hot hatch has been made available in North America, with US buyers now asked to shell at least $36,605, including destination and delivery, for an example.
The Blue Oval company has even delivered the first Focus RS in US-spec to Jackson Gilmore from California. In case you lived under a rock and didn’t know already everything about the moment’s most fashionable hot hatch, here’s the rundown. The Focus RS has been introduced last year and has a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with a cool 350 horsepower (261 kilowatts) and 350 pound-feet of torque (474.5 Newton-meters). The Focus RS is only treated to a six-speed manual and power will be delivered through a torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system with selectable drive modes, among them a Drift setting. The hot hatch will sprint to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 4.7 seconds and top out at 165 mph (265.5 km/h).
The first US client, Gilmore ordered the Focus RS no less than eight months ago, even deciding on not buying a car when he first heard rumors about the RS reaching America. The Focus RS is an all-rounder, because clients that don’t live in sunny California like Gilmore can have the Ford with a winter tire and alloy option (standard in Canada) – a set of Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 tires and 18-inch wheels, plus accessories like center caps and tire-pressure monitors.