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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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22 minutes ago, FordCosworth said:

Love seeing that tac needle swing from like 6000 up to 8000+

 

Absolutely!

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      Ford’s first application of an electronic limited-slip differential (eLSD) for a front-wheel drive vehicle further enhances as standard the cornering and stability of the EcoBoost-powered variant – sharpening responses to changing grip levels and driver inputs using computer-controlled pre-emptive actuation.
      A choice of six-speed manual or quick-shifting new seven-speed automatic transmissions is offered, and Selectable Drive Modes technology is introduced to the Focus ST for the first time, enabling drivers to adjust the vehicle’s character to suit the driving scenario. Continuously Controlled Damping (CCD) – standard for five-door EcoBoost variants – enhances the short long arm (SLA) independent rear suspension configuration for ultimate refinement.
      “Intelligent technologies like eLSD and CCD make our all-new Focus ST the most ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ yet, able to switch from refined tourer to focussed performance car at the push of a button,” said Leo Roeks, Ford Performance director, Europe. “We’ve incorporated learnings from programmes including our Ford GT supercar and the acclaimed Focus RS to develop a mid-size performance car with a degree of flexibility that’s unique in its segment.”
      The all-new Focus ST will be manufactured with best-ever craftsmanship and quality following a €600 million investment at Ford’s Saarlouis assembly facility, Germany.
      Responsive power delivery
      A new generation of Ford’s 2.3-litre EcoBoost all-aluminium engine is the most powerful ever offered for a Focus ST. Using advanced turbocharging technology to deliver 280 PS power at 5,500 rpm and 420 Nm of torque from 3,000 rpm to 4,000 rpm, it is also the most free-revving Focus ST engine ever, and supports anticipated 0‑100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration in less than 6 seconds.
      Engine response is enhanced using a low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger, which scavenges exhaust gas energy more effectively using separated channels to minimise interference between gas pulses. An electronically actuated waste-gate allows closer control of boost pressures for optimised engine performance. In addition, a unique exhaust system that reduces back pressure, bespoke air intake system and optimised intercooler further improve breathing.
      Innovative anti-lag technology developed for the Ford GT supercar and F-150 Raptor pick-up is introduced to the Focus ST, for immediate power delivery in Sport and Track Drive Modes. Anti‑lag keeps the throttle open when the driver lifts off the accelerator pedal, alleviating the reversal of air flow from the turbocharger to maintain compressor wheel speed and enabling boost pressure to build faster on demand.
      Ford’s 190 PS 2.0-litre EcoBlue is the most powerful diesel engine ever offered for a Ford Focus model, delivering peak power at 3,500 rpm and 400 Nm of torque between 2,000 rpm and 3,000 rpm – and 360 Nm from 1,500 rpm – for immediate and linear acceleration.
      A low-inertia variable geometry turbocharger; steel pistons for less expansion when hot; and an integrated intake system with innovative mirror-image porting for optimised combustion help to deliver a diesel powertrain that produces 10 per cent more power and more than twice as much torque as the 2.0‑litre Duratec ST petrol engine in the first generation Focus ST.
      The Focus ST’s six-speed manual transmission enables more urgent gear-changes and provides a sportier feel with a shift-throw reduction of 7 per cent compared with the standard all-new Focus. Ford’s new rev-matching technology that debuted on the new Ford Mustang is also introduced as part of an optional Performance Pack for 2.3-litre EcoBoost manual models.
      Delivering smoother, faster downshifts, the technology is accompanied by a shift indicator light, and uses the engine’s electronic control system to briefly “blip” the throttle as the driver engages a lower gear – matching the engine rotation speed to that of the gear that is being selected.
      Rev-matching enables less-experienced performance drivers to benefit from the seamless, momentum-maintaining gearshifts delivered by the “heel-and-toe” driving technique, while also enabling experienced performance drivers to deactivate the system if they prefer.
      A new seven-speed variant of Ford’s latest intelligent automatic transmission family complements the rewarding, engaging and sporty 2.3-litre EcoBoost driving experience. Gear differentiation is optimised for performance, and Adaptive Shift Scheduling – which assesses individual driving styles to optimise gearshift timings – is enhanced to offer more flexibility and the ability to differentiate between road and track use. Drivers can select gears manually using steering wheel-mounted paddle-shifters.
      “The EcoBoost petrol and EcoBlue diesel powertrains have unique characters, but are equally charismatic,” Roeks said. “The Focus ST’s sporty ‘pops and bangs’ soundtrack perfectly matches the car’s feisty performance and is an essential part of the ST experience.” 
      Intuitive dynamics enhanced with technology
      Building on accomplished Ford Focus driving dynamics, the new Focus ST was developed to blend B-road fun-to-drive, legitimate track-day performance, and everyday usability better than any vehicle in its class.
      The SLA suspension configuration helps optimise the vehicle’s responses to driver inputs without sacrificing comfort, and includes a unique geometry for wagon models that repositions the dampers helping the vehicle remain nimble and responsive even when fully loaded. The agile and energetic character of the standard Focus is retained using the original spring specifications, with damping stiffness increased up to 20 per cent at the front and 13 per cent at the rear, and ride height reduced by 10 mm, to improve road-holding and response in performance driving scenarios.
      Ford’s sophisticated CCD technology every 2 milliseconds monitors suspension, body, steering and braking inputs to adjust damping responses for outstanding ride quality and driving dynamics.
      The driving experience is further enhanced using eLSD technology for Focus ST 2.3 litre EcoBoost models. Incorporated into the transmission, the system uses hydraulically activated clutches to limit the engine torque delivered to a wheel that has reduced traction on the road surface, and redistributes up to 100 per cent of available torque to the wheel with more traction to counteract wheelspin that can hamper acceleration through, and out of, corners.
      The Borg Warner-developed technology is faster to deploy and offers greater precision than a traditional mechanical LSD. The system can pre-emptively adjust torque distribution using inputs from powertrain and vehicle dynamics sensors, rather than responding to wheelspin as it occurs, and can apply differential locking gradually for fine-tuning performance.
      Focus ST 2.0-litre EcoBlue models feature Torque Vectoring Control technology, which improves road holding and reduces understeer by applying brake force to the inside front wheel when cornering.
      The all-new Focus ST steals Ford’s fastest-steering-response crown from the acclaimed Fiesta ST. The electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) system is 15 per cent faster than the standard Focus, requiring just two turns lock-to-lock.
      Class-leading connected feel is supported by unique steering knuckle geometry, with a rod attachment point 9 mm further forward and 6.5 mm higher than the standard Focus for sharper responses. New Steering Torque Disturbance Reduction software for EPAS also helps reduce torque steer, making it even easier to deploy with precision the Focus ST’s power and torque via bespoke-specification Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres.
      Larger front and rear brake components provide the foundation for a high performance braking system with improved stopping power and fade resistance. Front disc dimensions have grown to 330 mm x 27 mm and feature dual-piston callipers. Rear discs now measure 302 mm x 11 mm. Focus ST braking performance was verified using the same demanding test procedures as the Ford GT supercar, and achieved almost four-times the fade resistance performance of the previous generation Focus ST in testing.
      The C2 architecture’s Electric Brake Booster (EBB) further demonstrates its advantages in the Focus ST application. The technology builds brake pressure faster than a hydraulic system for a more connected, confident and consistent pedal feel across a broader range of operating conditions. For the Focus ST, this means the system can both mitigate for changes in braking behaviour experienced during high performance driving, and can adjust the braking feel and dynamics to match the selected Drive Mode.
      In addition, Slippery/Wet, Normal, Sport and – for models equipped with the Performance Pack – Track Drive Modes adjust eLSD, CCD, EPAS, throttle mapping, automatic transmission shift scheduling, electronic stability control, electronic sound enhancement (ESE) and climate settings to suit the driving scenario. A dedicated “Sport” button on the flat-bottomed steering wheel gives direct access to Sport mode, and an additional “Mode” button allows drivers to quickly scroll through the Drive Mode options.
      “Selecting Track mode instantly makes braking response more direct and edgy; introduces higher steering efforts for more feedback; tunes the throttle to be more aggressive; instructs the eLSD to deliver maximum traction; and gives drivers more leeway within the ESC system,” said David Put, Ford Performance vehicle dynamics. “Drivers can have full confidence in the Focus ST’s ability to deliver on the track.”
      The traditional Focus ST gauge cluster benefits from a contemporary execution inspired by the Ford GT supercar. Digital turbocharger boost pressure, oil pressure and oil temperature gauges are now displayed in a bespoke Ford Performance screen on the 4.2-inch, TFT colour instrument display. Launch Control for consistently fast standing starts on track is also delivered via the Performance Pack for 2.3-litre EcoBoost models.
      Developed for form and function
      Developed to be as comfortable as it is fun-to-drive, the all-new Focus ST exploits the class-leading roominess and exceptional refinement of the standard Focus range, and features an upscale interior that balances everyday practicality and a true sporty driving experience.
      Ford Performance engineers fine-tuned the positioning of supportive Recaro front seats to complement the connected and in-control feel for the driver, while ESE technology amplifies genuine engine and exhaust noise in Sport and Track modes – heightening the sports driving sensation and delivering additional feedback to assist performance drivers.
      Tuned engine mounts and an isolated subframe – alongside available CCD technology – increase refinement for all occupants. Generous front shoulder room and best-in-class rear knee clearance combine with maximum 1,653-litre wagon luggage capacity and a boot space that can comfortably accommodate a large dog crate, for maximum comfort and practicality.
      In addition to the sports steering wheel and Ebony coloured Recaro seats with a choice of high-quality cloth, leather, or partial leather and Miko Dinamica materials, the unique Focus ST interior intensifies the sporty atmosphere with an ST-embossed aluminium gear knob and scuff plates; alloy pedals; metallic hexagonal and satin silver decorative elements; and metal grey stitching for the seats, door inserts and centre console soft side pads.
      The Focus ST builds on the premium, sporting Focus silhouette with subtle, functional styling changes and unique alloy wheel designs. Revised upper and lower front grille designs are optimised for increased cooling capability, and bold signature lower wing elements channel air in to the air-curtain inlets for improved aerodynamic performance.
      A larger, more steeply angled rear roof spoiler increases downforce to support the Focus ST’s driving dynamics. A twin exit tailpipe configuration borders the aggressively styled rear diffuser element, and improves practicality by delivering the towing capability that was prevented by the centre-exit tailpipes of the previous generation Focus ST. The Performance Pack also adds red brake callipers.
      Exterior colour options chosen to emphasise the Focus ST’s dynamic styling include exclusive Ford Performance Blue and Orange Fury, alongside Frozen White, Magnetic grey, Race Red, Ruby Red and Shadow Black. Bold alloy wheel options include 18-inch Dark Sparkle and Magnetite designs, with a 19-inch wheel also offered in Magnetite.
      The Focus ST also benefits from the comprehensive range of sophisticated Ford driver assistance technologies that have helped the all-new Focus win 13 awards and a 5-star safety rating since going on sale in 2018.
      Seamlessly integrated technologies that enable an intuitive, stress-reducing and refined driving experience include:
      Adaptive Cruise Control now enhanced with Stop & Go, Speed Sign Recognition and Lane-Centring for effortlessly negotiating stop-start traffic Ford’s Adaptive Front Lighting System with new camera-based predictive curve light and sign-based light that pre-adjust headlamp patterns for improved visibility by monitoring bends in the road and – for the first time in the industry – road signs Active Park Assist 2 that operates gear selection, acceleration and braking in addition to steering, to enable fully-automated manoeuvres at the push of a button Ford’s first Head-up display to be offered in Europe, helping drivers focus their attention on the road ahead Evasive Steering Assist, a segment-first technology that helps drivers steer around stopped or slower vehicles to help avoid collisions Ford’s SYNC 3 connectivity system allows drivers to control audio, navigation and climate functions plus connected smartphones using simple voice commands supported by an 8-inch colour touchscreen. The system provides Apple CarPlay and Android Auto™ compatibility free of charge, and available FordPass Connect embedded modem technology turns the vehicle into a mobile WiFi hotspot with connectivity for up to 10 devices
      “Our target was to deliver an all-new Focus ST that is as effortless to drive day-to-day as the rest of the Focus line-up,” Roeks said. “The model’s comprehensive range of technologies means customers gain exhilarating ST performance without sacrifice.”
      The all-new Focus ST will go on sale across Europe in summer 2019.
    • By Drew Dowdell
      The folks over at Hagerty found something interesting on the NHTSA website the other day, a VIN decoder ring that shows a second 2.3 liter 4-cylinder turbo with a horsepower rating of TBD.   Ford dropped the V6 in the base Mustang after 2018 deciding the Turbo-4 was enough, but crosstown rival Chevy kept their V6 going alongside their 275 horsepower 2.0T.  While Ford's 2.3T beats the Chevy Turbo in power, it comes up short against Chevy's V6.  With this finding, it looks like Ford is going try to rectify the deficit.
      Given that a similar 2.3T is good for 350 hp in the Focus RS, Ford should be able to easily surpass the 335 horsepower the Camaro V6 produces.  A statement from a Ford representative declined to give details but said that we would have exciting news about Mustang in Spring 2019.
       

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