First public view of the new Focus RS at Geneva motor show
High Performance Version of Ireland’s Best Selling Car Here in March
Cork, February 24, 2009 – The final production model of the new Focus RS will debut at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show from March 5. It will be the first chance for the public to see in the flesh, the road model of Ford’s fastest volume car.
“This new Focus RS will be welcomed by a committed following of car enthusiasts in Ireland,” said Eddie Murphy, Chairman and Managing Director of Ford Ireland. “As the most popular car nameplate in Ireland for the last number of years, our Focus brand will benefit hugely from the addition of this stunning new RS model”.
With the unveiling of the new Focus RS, the legendary Ford RS brand is returning after six years, applied to an all-modern interpretation of the RS philosophy, creating the latest in an impressive line of affordable and practical, yet exhilarating performance cars.
Available in a choice of three colours – including its striking, signature ‘Ultimate Green’ – with colour-matched performance interiors, the new Focus RS is the product of five years’ development work by Ford Team RS and combines bespoke engineering, design and aerodynamics with the inherent practicality of a Ford Focus.
Jost Capito, Ford’s Director for Global Performance Vehicles & Motorsport Business Development, said: “The new Focus RS is a serious high performance car – as much a car for driving enthusiasts as the classic Ford RS models of the past. We’re staying true to the core RS principles of an exciting, yet affordable high performance road car you can live with every day.”
At the heart of the new Focus RS is its turbocharged Duratec RS 2.5-litre engine, creating a distinctive performance character, with peak power of 305PS (300 bhp) at 6,500 rpm and peak torque of 440Nm between 2,300 and 4,500 rpm. The previous Focus RS had peak power of 215PS.
The Focus RS powertrain features many bespoke engineering developments, including a new intake and exhaust system to aid engine cooling and breathing, and larger turbocharger, generating a 35 per cent power increase, versus Focus ST. Offering more torque than any Ford RS production car before it, Focus RS’ 440Nm peak is a 38 per cent increase over Focus ST.
Focus RS is available in three exterior colours – Frozen White, Performance Blue and its exciting and unique, World Rally-inspired ‘hero’ colour ‘Ultimate Green’ – with aerodynamic elements contrasted in a gloss-black finish to create distinctive styling cues. The look is finished with World Rally-style, 19-inch polished alloy wheels, each featuring an RS logo.
Inside, an appropriately performance-oriented interior balances genuine sports performance with a strong sense of style and quality. The cabin is dominated by bespoke Recaro high-performance sports seats, specially designed and trimmed in authentic motorsport microfibre, colour-matched to the exterior, with ebony leather accents and ‘RS’ and ‘Recaro’ logos stitched into each backrest. Sculpted rear seats, featuring the same detailing and high side bolsters as the front sports seats, make Focus RS a genuine four-seat vehicle.
Genuine RS Performance
Shaping such power into accessible, exhilarating performance and assured traction was the challenge met by Ford of Europe’s renowned vehicle dynamics experts.
The new Focus RS is capable of 0-100km/h (0-62 mph) in 5.9 seconds and has a top speed of 263 km/h (163 mph). Dynamics developments include a 40mm wider track, sharper steering, larger brakes, bespoke 235/35/R19 Continental tyres and refined aerodynamics, but the centre-piece is an innovative suspension technology called ‘RevoKnuckle’, which is an innovative two piece suspension knuckle, replacing the usual one piece format.
Performance, With Practicality
As the pinnacle of the Focus road car range, Focus RS must be as impressive in everyday use as it is on the race track.
For a 305 PS high-performance car, Focus RS is remarkably efficient, with European Driving Cycle combined fuel economy of 9.4 litres per 100km (30.0 miles per gallon) and an average CO2 rating of 225 grams per kilometre.
The new Focus RS will arrive in Ireland from mid-April with a price tag of €43,565*.
* excluding delivery and related charges.