Ford Focus Rss Case Study
The 2016 Ford Focus RS seats five, but is ideal for two. All models are powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed gearbox. The RS represents the top trim in the Focus line; seven other trims are available, including an electric vehicle.
Manufactured in Germany, the 2016 Focus RS represents the first-year of its US availability. It is the latest representation in a long line of small performance models developed by Ford Europe.
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Gear shifts are smooth and come easy — you’ll be at highway speeds just as you reach third gear. On any stretch of road, you’ll want to shift into sport mode where the engine revs are higher and the exhaust note pops and pings. Navigate the twisty roads and steering feels weighty. It is on the sharpest turns where full torque is sent to the outside rear wheel, ensuring this hot hatchback stays planted.
Track mode goes one step further with the greatest effect on the dampers and stability control shut off. On normal roads, the hatchback bounces constantly and uncomfortably so, but is designed to navigate hairpin turns at high speeds on where else…the track. Switch to drift mode and the tail of the car gives out as you take turns at an elevated speed. Large Brembo brakes bring this hatchback to a confident stop.
Launch control is yet another RS feature. Accessed through the instrument panel’s cluster gear, the system works by first engaging the gear and the clutch while applying full throttle. A performance shift light indicates when peak revs are reached with an upshift signal urging an immediate