PEKIN, Ill. – The 2016 Focus RS is getting ready to launch for its launch in spring of 2016 and there’s rumors of a faster Focus RS already! How much faster do you ask? Well let’s just say that the 0-62mph isn’t quite cutting it anymore.
The rumors of a faster Focus RS have been flying around this week with company insiders have confirmed that if they get the go ahead this version of the RS will be all about losing weight and powertrain improvements. This better model is aiming to beat its record speed by 0.7seconds. That means 0-62mph in 4.0 seconds.
Ford is going to have to do a lot of readjusting on the Focus RS if they plan on making it work, but we think they can do it. First, the engine would need an upgrade from the original 2.3L EcoBoost that produces 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. Next, some weight needs to be dropped off – around 220lbs. Ford plans on trimming the weight by making the body panels carbon fiber reinforced plastic, adding polycarbonate windows, removing noise insulation, and stripping the cabin of any accessories that are not really needed.
The powertrain upgrades would include a better gearbox, since the one they have now works with engines that have a peak torque of 332lb-ft. The new Focus RS will also be more maneuverable with an electronically controlled limited-slip differential on the front axel, which will pair well with the dual-clutch automatic transmission.
There’s no say as to when this fast Focus RS will launch, considering the 2016 model hasn’t even made it to dealers yet, but we’re excited to hear more and we’ll keep you updated.
While you’re anticipating the 2016 Focus RS, you can come into our East Peoria Ford dealer for any auto service your current vehicle might need to get ready for the winter. Stay safe on the roads with new winter tires or new brakes.
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