The much-anticipated new Ford Focus RS has been revealed packing a turbocharged 2.3L EcoBoost engine that produces well over 315 horsepower. Birthed by Ford’s new Performance division, its sole mission is to devour the Volkswagen Golf R and other red-hot performance-tuned hatchbacks.
Though the 2.3L EcoBoost is the same four-cylinder unit offered on the latest Ford Mustang, it has received a number of updates that make it more powerful, including a new low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger with a larger compressor that delivers significantly greater airflow, a much bigger intercooler that maximizes charge density, and a less restrictive intake design that helps the engine breathe easier.
A large-bore high-performance exhaust system with an electronically controlled valve in the tailpipe helps optimize the balance of back pressure and noise output.
The Focus RS’ power is transmitted by a six-speed manual transmission to a new all-wheel-drive system that can not only distribute hp / torque between the front and rear wheels, but also from side-to-side. Two electronically-controlled clutch packs can help divert a maximum of 70 percent of the drive torque to the rear axle, 100 percent of which can then be channeled exclusively to each rear wheel.
Upgraded brakes and a lowered / stiffened sport suspension with two-mode shock absorbers help prevent the action from straying off road or track.
The new Ford Focus RS is an aggressively-styled hot hatch that will definitely get some stares. Compared to the regular Focus, it features a new front bumper that incorporates a bigger radiator grille, a large air dam, and a splitter; side skirts; a big roof-mounted spoiler; a redesigned rear bumper with an air diffuser; and two circular exhaust tips. It rolls on multi-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped around in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.
Four body colors will be available: Nitrous Blue, Stealth Gray, Absolute Black and Frozen White.
Inside, the Focus RS comes with a driver-oriented instrument cluster with extra gauges located on top of a dashboard, a flat-bottomed leather steering wheel, Recaro bucket front seats, and alloy pedals. Ford’s latest touch screen-based SYNC infotainment system is optional.
Not only will the new Ford Focus RS go after the Volkswagen Golf R, but it will also test its mettle against the Subaru WRX STI. It is all-wheel-drive, after all…
Ford Mustang Gets Grabber Lime Paint In Tribute To St. Paddy’s Day
Saint Patrick approves! Your friends will be green with envy at your.
To celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, Ford has introduced several new exterior colors for the 2020 Mustang, including Grabber Lime.
The new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will also be offered with the high-impact green hue, complete with a metallic finish that causes the shade to change depending on sunlight. It draws inspiration from vintage Mustang colors of the 1970s is said to look more potent than kryptonite.
We think it suits the Shelby GT500 just fine, seeing as it’s the most powerful street-legal Ford vehicle to date. A supercharged 5.2 liter V8 that produces more than 700 horsepower helps it to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 3.5 seconds.
“It’s lime green on steroids,” said Barb Whalen, Ford color and materials manager. “This color traces back to a Mustang heritage color while bringing it forward with more modern, dynamic pigments and bold new energy.”
Grabber Lime is just one of the new colors added to the 2020 Mustang lineup, with Twister Orange, Iconic Silver and Red Hot Metallic being the others. Their addition is part of broader set of updates for Ford’s popular sixth generation muscle car.
New Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Has A 180 MPH (290 KM/H) Top Speed
As much of a king the GT500 is, it won’t be the king of speed.
The is the most powerful road-going car ever made by Ford, but it’s not the fastest. A factory-installed speed limiter restricts its top speed.
Car and Driver was able to learn that the Blue Oval’s ultimate pony car will be quipped with a governor that limits top speed to 180 mph (290 km/h), meaning it won’t go as fast as top versions of the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger.
The 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 is powered by a supercharged 5.2L V8 that produces more than 700 horsepower, allowing it to go from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in the low 3 second range and cover the quarter mile in less than 11 seconds. Engineers likely chose to improve handling at the expense of top speed, tweaking aerodynamics for maximum downforce and fine-tuning the suspension and steering.
We think driving enthusiasts will have a thrilling experience at reasonable speeds.
The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 goes on sale in summer 2019. Do you have an issue with its top speed?
New, 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Turns Up The Heat On Camaro, Challenger
The new GT500 is the most powerful street-legal Ford vehicle ever built.
A supercharged, 5.2L V8 breathes under the hood of this monster from Dearborn, producing “more than 700 horsepower” transmitted to the rear wheels via a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic. Unfortunately, there is no option for a manual transmission.
By comparison, the most recent Mustang GT350 — formerly the most powerful street-legal Ford vehicle ever built — cranks out 526 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque from a naturally-aspirated 5.2L flat-plane crankshaft V8 that’s paired with a six-speed manual transmission.
It’s not just a supercharger and a more sophisticated gearbox that sets the GT500 apart from the lesser GT350, however. Ford’s engineers also equipped bigger brakes, notably 16.5-inch, two-piece rotors that embarrass the Challenger Hellcat’s massive serving trays; a cooling system that allows for 50 percent more airflow over the engine; revised aerodynamics that improve downforce; and a re-tuned suspension with standard MagneRide.
Buyers can further enhance their car with an available Handling Package and Carbon Fiber Track Pack. The former includes adjustable strut top mounts and a spoiler with an integrated Gurney flap, while the latter (as you would expect) adds lots of carbon fiber bits inside and out and a set of Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires that are more track-ready than the standard Michelin Pilot Sport 4S.
All the standard and optional performance goodies combine to allow this Ford to go from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in the “mid-3-second” range and complete the quarter mile in under 11 seconds.
Visually, the Mustang Shelby GT 500 gets a wider front grille and a more muscular hood than the GT350, as well as wider front and rear fenders, a new rear spoiler and updated composite materials in the rear diffuser. Highlights of the interior include Recaro seats, a 12-speaker B&O Play audio system are available, and unique Shelby badging.
Which would you choose: The new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 or the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat? Let us know in the comments below, stating your reasons why.