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      Want more power for your Focus RS? Ford Performance is working on a warranty-backed ECU upgrade.

    The Ford Focus RS is already a potent vehicle with 350 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque from a turbocharged 2.3L four-cylinder. This rockets the RS to 60 mph in less than five seconds. But there are those who want more oomph and Ford has some good news for you.

    Autoblog reports that Ford Performance is working on an ECU upgrade for the RS. Details such how much power, when it will go on sale, and the pricetag isn't being talked about at this time. But what we do know is that this upgrade will be backed by a Ford warranty.

    Autoblog speculates the ECU upgrade could be similar to one that Mountune offers for Focus RS in Europe. The upgrade adds 25 more horsepower and 30 pound-feet of peak torque.

    We hope to learn more about this upgrade in the coming months.

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    I hope it is stepped, so that you can dial in what you want with packages.  And as great as this sounds, I am most excited about what the Fusion Sport will get.  I bet over 400ftlbs and about 380hp.  Wowza.

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    Fantastic car, but I would still rather own a WRX STI personally.  Awesome that additional power is available. Word in the motorsports community is that the RS is really, really the real deal of a car from Ford.

    I cannot wait to drive one.

    So Glad Ford is doing what they are, they have the RS, the ST Focus, the ST Fiesta, Baskin Robbins 32 flavors of Mustang, Ford GT....Fusion is just drop dead gorgeous....neat times to have Ford around!

     

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    I've seen one in town... a white one

    I'm not sure what I found more impressive... the two hotties blonde girls ( driver and passenger ) in it, or sheer excitement of seeing the car in the flesh

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    1 hour ago, FordCosworth said:

    I've seen one in town... a white one

    I'm not sure what I found more impressive... the two hotties blonde girls ( driver and passenger ) in it, or sheer excitement of seeing the car in the flesh

    I could handle both. Love how clean and aggressive this car looks. The GTI/Type R golf is cool also, but the styling is much more passive on the Vee Dub. This car is aggressive and elegant at the same time. 

    Now we just need depreciation to kick in a little bit and ford to build a few more of these to satisfy the market....this will become a modern day collectible like the Shelby's Roush's, Honda S-2000, 4th gen Supra, NSX, eta l.

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    A little added love on the RS...love how crisp the exhaust note is on this thing....and notice how flat and intuitive the chassis set up is through the cones!

     

    ...and one more of the same car in action....

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    Not to be a downer, but I really become less and less impressed with this car. It's obvious Ford was going for a more overly sporting application than say, the Golf R, but after seeing and reading about all the shortcuts Ford took, and how compromised the car is for true track use, it's hard to not be disappointed. If I were buying a car with regular track use in mind, this wouldn't be it.

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    28 minutes ago, Frisky Dingo said:

    Not to be a downer, but I really become less and less impressed with this car. It's obvious Ford was going for a more overly sporting application than say, the Golf R, but after seeing and reading about all the shortcuts Ford took, and how compromised the car is for true track use, it's hard to not be disappointed. If I were buying a car with regular track use in mind, this wouldn't be it.

    I wouldnt buy any FWD based car for regular track use either.

    I'd be buying a Miata, a used one. and have fun running in Spec Miata or the like. Theres a billion parts, support, other competitors...

    From what I've read ( C/D, Evo, Motor Trend... ) the Focus RS lays waste to the Golf R as track and street car.

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    11 minutes ago, FordCosworth said:

    I wouldnt buy any FWD based car for regular track use either.

    I'd be buying a Miata, a used one. and have fun running in Spec Miata or the like. Theres a billion parts, support, other competitors...

    From what I've read ( C/D, Evo, Motor Trend... ) the Focus RS lays waste to the Golf R as track and street car.

     

    Depends on your priorities I suppose.

     

    There's no denying the Golf has far superior comfort and refinement levels, and enjoys some tech the Focus does not. Also, the Golf R has considerably more power potential with the factory driveline. My understanding is the Focus RS is very close to the max power level the drivetrain components can cope with.

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    35 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    What did they compromise for regular track use?

    The size of half shafts. The RDU (Rear Drive Unit) that not only isn't even a real diff, but quickly overheats and essentially renders the car FWD. The size of the drive shaft. Break cooling. The front shock tower assembly/design. Enough to put a dent in the hype train and bring the car back down to the reality of what it is- a performance hatchback. Not some factory-offered track weapon or rally car for the street.

    I'm not trying to knock it, but far too often the zeal and giddiness of fanboys and auto journalists paint a different image from what a car really is.

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    12 minutes ago, Frisky Dingo said:

    The size of half shafts. The RDU (Rear Drive Unit) that not only isn't even a real diff, but quickly overheats and essentially renders the car FWD. The size of the drive shaft. Break cooling. The front shock tower assembly/design. Enough to put a dent in the hype train and bring the car back down to the reality of what it is- a performance hatchback. Not some factory-offered track weapon or rally car for the street.

    I'm not trying to knock it, but far too often the zeal and giddiness of fanboys and auto journalists paint a different image from what a car really is.

    Good to know. I wasn't trying to be all "Says who it isn't a track car?!?" I was genuinely curious why you thought that.

    They also don't own the car long term w/ 40k miles where some of those parts will start to give with extended track use.

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    The thing about the RS, is that there is a mountain of aftermarket options for drivetrain, suspension, brakes, wheels, tires, interior, etc.….and soon, engine too.  I doubt any car in it's class can come close to the whole package as delivered, as well as next stages.

    Here is a quick look.

    http://www.mountuneusa.com/ford-focus-st-and-rs-performance-parts-s/1814.htm

     

    And honestly, how many are tracking their RS on a regular basis without some additional monies to improve it.

     

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    To seriously track a car buy something cheap you can write off.  Older Miata, Mustang, Camaro, RX7, et Al.  Do not track a car you cannot walk away from financially if you ball it up into a little sad of metal.  A Sedan in SCCA now that Tom Sloe list his license, American Iron in NASA, German Touring Car in NASA, spec 944, et Al.

    Google Tom Sloe and loss of SCCA licence if you want to see a truly asshat move on the part of a racing driver.  He has been kicked out of the SCCA and many are hoping he never comes back.

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    I think the real value of the Focus ST and Focus RS is cultural and patriotic though.  I have two sons, aged 18 and 23.  Their friends do not want cars like Mustangs and Camaros, that's for the old guys like me.  After a decade and a half listening to JDM this and JDM that...suddenly two of the really hot cars to own are American Ford motor company products.

    When people say they would rather have a Focus RS than an R32 Skyline, fourth generation Supra, Nismo 370Z, FD RX7, or S2000 that is saying something.

    Also, I like this car for another cultural reason.  It blends the best of Ford Europe and Ford America.  Yes, I know it is mostly a European design, but it is still unmistakeable in its American nature.  Kind of like having the best of an 1970s Ford Capri and the best of a vintage 1965-1973 Mustang in the same car.

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    6 hours ago, Wings4Life said:

     

    The thing about the RS, is that there is a mountain of aftermarket options for drivetrain, suspension, brakes, wheels, tires, interior, etc.….and soon, engine too.  I doubt any car in it's class can come close to the whole package as delivered, as well as next stages.

    Here is a quick look.

    http://www.mountuneusa.com/ford-focus-st-and-rs-performance-parts-s/1814.htm

     

    And honestly, how many are tracking their RS on a regular basis without some additional monies to improve it.

     

    Having the all wheel drive architecture and the proper suspension tuning makes this an excellent starting point.  The RX8 was a pretty good track car right out of the box, methinks the RS will be just as fine or better.

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    Sexy Hot! :metal:

    Awesome tone. Just hope that strap never breaks otherwise that yellow one in front is a gonner! :D 

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    Just think, the Ecoboost now makes more horsepower than the 1965 R model Shelby.  What do you think Ford engenders will come up with in the future!  Love the Shelby clip.

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    29 minutes ago, Wings4Life said:

    5th gear pull FTMFW

    Oh and oops, I meant to put that video in the Shelby thread.  No worries I hope

    No worries at all.  Nice to have other performance minded individuals around the place.

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      Built Wild™: Ford Bronco returns as the flagship of a new all-4x4 family of rugged SUVs, with a classic two-door and a first-ever four-door; both are engineered with Built Wild Extreme Durability Testing, Capability and Innovative Design for segment-leading 4x4 capability, long-term off-road performance and dependability Thrilling: Bronco features powerful EcoBoost® engines with segment-exclusive 7-speed manual transmission and available 35-inch tires; Bronco excels with available best-in-class 94.75:1 crawl ratio, ground clearance, suspension travel and water fording capabilities, plus breakover and departure angles Ready for fun: Bronco two-door and four-door models can get you to the trails fast with quick-release stowable roof panels and doors on select versions; available cutting-edge off-road drive technologies and segment-exclusive digital trail mapping allow owners to easily plan, record and share their experiences via an all-in-one app Infinitely customizable: Bronco launches with more than 200 factory-backed aftermarket accessories for more capability, personalization and style, and with a base MSRP of $29,995; 2021 Bronco two- and four-door SUVs can be reserved at ford.com starting today for $100 DEARBORN, Mich., July 13, 2020 – Ford today unveils the 2021 Bronco – including a classic two-door and first-ever four-door – the flagship of an all-new family of rugged off-road vehicles.
      The all-4x4 Bronco brand is Built Wild™ and ready to deliver thrilling experiences with its heritage-inspired style, engineering and smart off-road technology, plus innovative features to help outdoor enthusiasts create adventures in the most remote corners of the world.
      “We created the Bronco family to elevate every aspect of off-road adventure and equipped them with class-leading chassis hardware and exclusive technologies to raise the bar in the rugged 4x4 segment and take people further into the wild,” said Jim Farley, Ford chief operating officer. “They’re built with the toughness of an F-Series truck and performance spirit of Mustang – and come wrapped in one of the most stunning and functional off-road designs that’s true to the original Bronco design DNA.”
      The all-new Bronco re-enters the scene with an all-4x4 lineup with production beginning in early 2021 and first models arriving in Ford dealerships next spring. Bronco owners can choose from an extensive lineup of more than 200 factory-backed accessories for maximum personalization, enabling dealers to provide outfitting-on-demand for each customer’s individual adventure needs.
      Built Wild 4x4 confidence

      Just like the first-generation Bronco, nicknamed G.O.A.T., the mission of the all-new 2021 Bronco is to deliver maximum 4x4 go-anywhere, anytime capability and confidence. Bronco incorporates off-road mapping and drive technologies to give novice adventurers as much fun as hard-core off-road experts, while its Built Wild durability makes for lasting performance in the harshest of conditions for generations to come.
      “Bronco’s advanced four-wheel-drive technology is at the core of its off-road capabilities, and at the heart of it all is Bronco’s exclusive Terrain Management System™ with G.O.A.T. Modes™ that is designed to help drivers better navigate any type of terrain,” said Mark Grueber, Bronco consumer marketing manager.
      Up to seven driver-selectable modes are offered including Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery and Sand, with Baja, Mud/Ruts and Rock Crawl for off-road driving.
      Two 4x4 systems are offered on all Bronco models, a base setup and advanced 4x4. The base system utilizes a two-speed electronic shift-on-the-fly transfer case, while the optional advanced system features a two-speed electromechanical transfer case that adds an auto mode for on-demand engagement to select between 2H and 4H. Power is distributed to a Dana™ 44 AdvanTEK® solid rear axle and Dana AdvanTEK independent front differential unit – both with available Spicer® Performa-TraK™ electronic locking differentials for improved traction over rough terrain.
      Available segment-first Trail Toolbox gives Bronco owners a suite of exclusive technologies to elevate their off-road experience. This includes Trail Control™ – cruise control for low-speed trail driving, while Trail Turn Assist tightens off-road turning radiuses through torque vectoring, and the innovative Trail One-Pedal Drive acceleration/braking control makes for more precise and confident slow-mode rock crawling.
      Segment-leading levels of off-road capability are possible thanks to Bronco’s available best-in-class 11.6-inch ground clearance, maximum 29-degree breakover angle and 37.2-degree departure angle, plus best-in-class water fording capability of up to 33.5 inches. Off-road capability is further reinforced by exposed tow hooks in the front and rear and available heavy-duty modular steel bumpers with integrated Ford Performance accessory winch mount.
      Bronco’s strategically placed steel shields protect critical hardware. Higher-capability models get an available front bash plate, plus shields for the engine, transmission, transfer case and fuel tank. For those taking on the roughest rocky terrain, Bronco’s available side rock rails are strong enough to support the weight of each side of the vehicle.
      “Bronco two- and four-door models leverage the company’s Built Ford Tough durability and performance testing and take it even further off-road with Built Wild Extreme Durability Testing in the harshest possible environments, including the brutal trails of the King of the Hammers off-road competition,” said Dave Pericak, director, Ford enterprise product line management, Icons.
      Thrilling performance borne of Bronco DNA
      Thanks to Bronco’s legendary Baja racing DNA, each model brings forth a thrilling off-road experience and delivers it with modern, heritage-inspired style. It all began in a Ford design studio with a life-size digital scan of a first-generation model that served to influence the proportions and design of the all-new Bronco for maximum off-road capability and performance.
      “Similar to the first-generation model, Bronco’s square proportions, short overhangs and wide stance are optimized for off-road adventure,” said Paul Wraith, Bronco chief designer. “The side profile features a flat, no-nonsense surface with clear-cut edges and robustly flared fenders. Large, open wheel wells are a modular design with a quick-release attachment for simple customization.
      All-new Bronco architecture for two- and four-door models is based on a fully boxed, high-strength steel chassis that delivers available best-in-class suspension travel – 17 percent more both front and rear over the closest competitor to thrive in rugged environments.
      To deliver thrilling high-speed off-roading and overall driving performance, every Bronco comes with an independent front suspension for improved control, confidence and comfort. At the rear, a rugged solid axle design featuring coil springs with five locating links delivers both strength and off-road control. Long-travel position-sensitive Bilstein® dampers with end-stop control valves at every corner are available for added off-road durability and reduced harshness.
      An available segment-exclusive semi-active hydraulic stabilizer bar disconnect design provides maximum articulation and increased ramp angle index for off-camber terrain. This innovative system bests competitors by disconnecting during articulation; it can reconnect under all conditions to improve steering and stability at higher speeds.
      Segment-first 35-inch off-road tires direct from the factory are available on every trim level of two- and four-door Bronco, while available segment-first beadlock-capable wheels allow customers to elevate off-road capability, regardless of price point. 
      “Race-bred EcoBoost® engines and our segment-first 7-speed manual and available 10-speed automatic transmissions give the all-new Bronco the optimal combination of power, torque and gear ranges to perform in a wide variety of terrains and uses,” said Pericak.
      Best-in-class projected gasoline-powered horsepower and torque is available with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, which is projected to produce 310 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque, while the 2.3-liter EcoBoost is targeted to deliver best-in-class four-cylinder torque of 310 lb.-ft. with an expected 270 horsepower.
      For maximum low-speed rock-climbing capability, a segment-first 7-speed (6+1) manual transmission paired with the available advanced 4x4 system with automatic on-demand engagement generates a class-leading available crawler-gear ratio of 94.75:1. An available segment-first SelectShift® 10-speed automatic transmission makes for easier driving on- and off-road, while offering a maximum 67.8:1 crawl ratio with the available advanced 4x4 transfer case.
      Ready to head effortlessly into the wild
      Both Bronco two- and four-door models make the open-air experience quick, easy and fun. Two-door models come with a standard three-section roof system – left and right front sections and a rear section – molded-in color and an available premium painted modular top with four sections that adds a removable panel over the rear seats and cargo area. Four-door models have four removable roof sections – left and right front panels, a full-width center panel and a rear section. Roof panels on all models can be removed by one person by unlocking the latches from the interior. First-row panels stow away onboard on two-door models.
      All modular hardtops have rear quarter windows that are removable in three easy steps – snap, push and lift away in a fraction of the time it takes for competitors – without removing the roof panels. By locating the sportbar behind the second row, both Bronco two- and four-door models offer the largest overall open-top view in its class to take in the sunshine or to gaze at the stars at night.
      A cloth soft top, standard on four-door models, provides easy access to the open air and a unique tilt-up function for quick access to the rear cargo area. For customers who don’t want to choose between a soft or hardtop, the four-door model can be optioned with both.
      Every Bronco comes with class-exclusive frameless doors that make them easier to remove than what competitors offer. On four-door Bronco models, all four doors can be stored onboard with protective door bags. Exclusive cowl-mounted mirrors maintain sideview visibility when the doors are removed. Trail sights on the front fenders also serve as tie-downs, reminiscent of the first-generation Bronco, have a 150-pound capacity for securing longer items like canoes.
      High-tech interior designed for the outdoors
      Inside, all Bronco models are purpose-built and ready for action. The instrument panel is inspired by the first-generation model, with gauges and controls clearly visible and intuitive. Colors and materials are inspired by natural palettes and outdoor gear. With off-road functionality paramount, materials are tough and rugged.
      A multifunction color LCD instrument panel is front and center with the transmission shifter/selector and G.O.A.T. Modes controller in the center console. Available grab handles are integrated into the modular instrument panel and center console, while available MOLLE hooks are mounted in the seatbacks. Attachment points are built into the instrument panel to mount a bring-your-own-device rack, with 12-volt power connections to easily mount cameras, navigation units, phones or other devices.
      Further setting Bronco ahead of the off-road competition is an available segment-exclusive 12-inch SYNC® 4 system with over-the-air updates and seamless integration to the FordPass Performance app with off-road navigation – a Bronco class-exclusive feature that allows owners to easily plan, navigate and share their off-road adventures. The SYNC system also displays the available 360-degree camera system with class-exclusive off-road spotter views to provide additional visibility in technical pursuits such as rock crawling.
      Bronco’s advanced topographic trail maps and more than 1,000 curated trail maps are powered by class-exclusive trail content from NeoTreks’ AccuTerra® Maps, Trails Offroad trail guides and FunTreks trail guides.
      “The trail mapping system available on Bronco is truly a game-changer in the off-road community,” said Grueber. “It works online or off on either of the navigation-capable 8- or 12-inch SYNC systems, allowing users to select one of hundreds of available curated trail maps to map out and then track, capture and share their adventures with others.”  
      To make post-adventure cleanups simple, fast and painless, select Bronco models come with washable rubberized floors with integrated drains and marine-grade vinyl seating surfaces that resist mildew. Instrument panel surfaces are wipeable, with seamless silicone rubber on the dash-mounted hero switches, while rubber touchpoints protect against dirt and water. Six available upfitter switches mounted overhead are silicone-sealed to protect against the elements and to make customization easy, with pre-wired leads to key accessory points.
      A modern high-strength steel roll cage with integrated side curtain airbags in the upper structure and seats helps protect passengers from side impacts and complements driver and front passenger airbags. Available Ford Co-Pilot360™ driver-assist technologies plus standard AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™ and Trailer Sway Control help instill driver confidence.
      Equipment series redefine customization
      An all-new experiential-based equipment series provides unique flexibility to align capability with the adventure interests of each customer. Seven unique Bronco series are offered, with matched color and trim combinations. When combined with four content packages, numerous available options, 11 color choices and more than 200 dealer-installable accessories, personalizing an all-new Bronco SUV has never been easier.
      Series range from a base Bronco, a no-frills SUV for those who want to customize their own, to Big Bend™, Black Diamond™ and Outer Banks™ with a variety of options and colors, topping out with Wildtrak™ and Badlands™ for more extreme off-road adventuring. A limited-production First Edition™ will be offered at launch.
      Reservations begin today

      As with the five generations before it, the all-new 2021 Bronco two-door and four-door models will be built at Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan. More detailed information, including vehicle specs, accessories and full pricing and options, will be provided closer to launch. MSRP for the base two-door Bronco is $29,995, including $1,495 destination and delivery. Reservations for Bronco two- and four-door models can be made for $100 beginning at 8 p.m. EDT today at ford.com. 

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