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#451192 New 2015 Ford Focus Rs - Global Reveal

Posted by 2011fiesta on 03 February 2015 - 02:48 PM

New Ford Focus RS - Global Reveal (FULL):



AUTO EXPRESS' coverage:





New Ford Focus RS wings in with sub-£30k price tag - 2.3-litre EcoBoost turbo engine delivers 318bhp via 4WD


Ford is on a performance car offensive. Not content with wowing the world with its latest Ferrari-baiting GT supercar at the Detroit Motor Show, the company has now revealed the car all fast Ford fans have been crying out for: the new Ford Focus RS. It’s broken with tradition by fitting this 318bhp hot hatch with four-wheel drive – and Auto Express was granted early access to the car ahead of its Geneva Motor Show debut in March 2015.

The latest model to wear the fabled RS badge goes on sale early next year, and follows a long line of affordable but seriously high-performance Fords – a dynasty that started back in 1968 with the 15M RS and brought us legends like the Escort RS1600, Sierra RS Cosworth, Escort RS Cosworth and two Focus RS models before this. When it goes on sale next year, the newcomer will cost less than £30,000 and deliver performance to rival the most formidable heavyweight hot hatches on the market.


Ford Focus RS 2015 gets all-wheel-drive


Bowing to pressure from key rivals like the Audi RS3 and Mercedes A 45 AMG, Ford’s Performance division has fitted a sophisticated four-wheel-drive system to give optimum traction. There’s another reason, too: the previous RS’s clever RevoKnuckle suspension design – which allowed up to 350bhp to be channelled through the front wheels – added as much as 20kg to the car’s overall weight. And it’s understood the four-wheel drive doesn’t add much more.

The new RS’s system also features Dynamic Torque Vectoring that continually juggles torque between the front and rear axles to maximise grip – and that’s on top of firmer sports suspension and switchable dampers. Ford says its system is so clever, understeer is virtually eliminated, controlled oversteer drifts on the track are easily manageable and lateral acceleration exceeds 1g.


Ford Focus RS: 2.3 Ecoboost turbo engine


Under the standard Focus bonnet lies a 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine, which will be shared with this year’s Mustang. But, unlike the US muscle car, the hatch gets a twin-scroll turbo with a larger compressor for better airflow, as well as a larger intercooler. And we’re assured those sawn-off twin exhausts will emit deep-throated gargles, pops and crackles.

Ford says power is around 318bhp – that’s 44bhp less than the 2.5-litre five-cylinder delivers in the RS3 but there could be the potential to up power in future with a limited-run model. The 2.3-litre EcoBoost ‘red lines’ at 6,800rpm, CO2 emissions are down 20 per cent on the old RS’s Volvo-derived 2.5 five-cylinder and a six-speed manual box is standard.


New Ford Focus RS: colours and equipment


UK dealers shifted nearly 4,600 examples of the previous RS between 2009 and 2011, and Ford has similarly high hopes with this Mk3. Prices will dip under the £30k barrier for the standard car, which will come with 19-inch alloys, Brembo brakes, Recaro sports seats and a range of sporty design touches; sat-nav and Recaro bucket seats will be optional, as will semi-slick track tyres.

Ford has confirmed that the Liquid Blue colour on the car in our pictures is only for the show model, but it’s promising a new Nitrous Blue paint will be similar. Stealth Grey, Absolute Black and Frozen White will also appear, but the last RS’s Ultimate Green finish has been dropped.


2015 Focus RS: on sale globally


On the outside, it’s clear to see the RS is a serious piece of kit. The flared nose and rear spoiler hint at supercar-beating performance, but it’s a more restrained look overall than its predecessor. And for that you have One Ford to blame – or thank, depending on your viewpoint.

This Focus RS will be the first to be available all around the world, rather than sold only in certain markets. Not surprisingly, the image of previous models – with their big wings, large wheels and gaping air scoops – doesn’t translate that well internationally. But with a five-door body from the humdrum Focus, the new RS is more reserved than the previous model from six years ago.


Ford Focus RS: aggresive design


“We were told by the marketing department that we had to tone down the styling,” explained Ernesto Rupar, Ford of Europe’s supervisor for exterior design. “It was felt the old RS’s look would be over the top for this new car. Everything you see on the new RS has been added for a purpose; there’s nothing unnecessary.

“We went through around five designs to get to this – one of the designs had air vents on the bonnet, but they had no real purpose so they went.”

The Focus’ five-door layout has also prevented the use of a rally car-like wide body – a look that was so distinctive on the Focus RS Mk2. “We would have to have changed the door pressings to give it a wide body look, and that just wasn’t on the agenda,” said Rupar. “So, with no wide body, we had to concentrate on making the front and rear as sporty-looking as possible.

“We were looking at the RS3 and its classy style. We didn’t want to make this car look like a boy racer’s car.” The front bumper is bespoke and has massive air vents at the corners that lead up to the gaping, flared grille. In the lower grille opening, even the intercooler is visible – a clear motorsport design cue.

Along the side, the RS details are few and far between – it’s a near Focus ST copy. The Mk2’s distinctive side vents with integrated RS badging have gone, too – the blue RS letters have moved to the rear spoiler’s end plates. “We wanted to get the RS badge somewhere on the side, and I suggested the rear spoiler,” said a beaming Rupar. “My dream car as a kid was the Ferrari F40 and that car had ‘F40’ on the wing, so I wanted it on the RS, too!”
The spoiler is just one part of the rear end’s substantial makeover, however. The bumper – with its incorporated air diffuser, reversing light and two angled exhausts – is almost a carbon copy of the set-up on the old RS.

Full specifications will be revealed when the car makesicon1.png its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. But for now, it’s clear to see the RS is back – and back with an almighty bang.

Read more: http://www.autoexpre...s#ixzz3Qh2uR6oL

#451047 2015 Focus Facelift (Mk 3.5) Unveiled

Posted by 2011fiesta on 02 February 2015 - 10:34 PM

Auto Express' review of the DIESEL ST:





Auto Trader's standard New Focus review:


#444025 2015 Focus Facelift (Mk 3.5) Unveiled

Posted by 2011fiesta on 12 January 2015 - 11:05 AM

Obviously drove the Titanium with its apparently poor visibility when parking, but neglected to mention Active Park Assis for example.


I thought exactly that too!

#443897 2015 Focus Facelift (Mk 3.5) Unveiled

Posted by 2011fiesta on 11 January 2015 - 07:29 PM

While I was in the dealership this afternoon checking out the New Mondeo ( http://www.fordowner...d-mondeo/page-3 ), I took a few pics of their New Focus' - thought I'd share them here...









Paul :)

#443002 2015 Focus Facelift (Mk 3.5) Unveiled

Posted by 2011fiesta on 08 January 2015 - 08:46 PM

Didn't like that review at all. Horrible music and bad camera angles! Rebecca has turned into a bit of a cow, much preferred her on car buyer!

I just muted it and had a look at the car, stunning! (I said It would grow on me ;) ) I think I'll cope with a MK3 though. Lol



Yeah I much prefer her CarBuyer reviews too - although she looked great nonetheless :D 


Anyway, I've just found this - a (US) sedan/saloon with the body kit! That'd look good in black or white...

#430352 2015 Focus Facelift (Mk 3.5) Unveiled

Posted by 2011fiesta on 21 November 2014 - 08:20 PM

Mine arrived at the dealer today, pics here:


And very smart it is too! Congrats :D 

#430344 2015 Focus Facelift (Mk 3.5) Unveiled

Posted by 2011fiesta on 21 November 2014 - 07:56 PM

Several vids up from Evan Halshaw.

Heres their Titanium X version:




The rest can be found at: https://www.youtube....alshawTV/videos


#428714 Your Fiesta

Posted by 2011fiesta on 15 November 2014 - 10:11 PM

My Fiesta, supporting Movember...




(Available from 'Mo My Ride': http://www.momyride.com)

#428640 New Car Ordered, Goodbye Focus... Hello New Mk3.5 Focus!

Posted by 2011fiesta on 15 November 2014 - 05:49 PM

Took some pics of a Zetec & Titanium I was checking out at the dealerships today.


See > http://www.fordowner...eiled/?p=428637

#428637 2015 Focus Facelift (Mk 3.5) Unveiled

Posted by 2011fiesta on 15 November 2014 - 05:41 PM

Well, I popped to a dealer or 3 today to check out the new Focus'..... 












































Paul  B)

#420154 Halloween

Posted by 2011fiesta on 17 October 2014 - 12:32 PM

Just watched Ford (US)'s little halloween prank they pulled at a car wash.


Ford UK/EU never seem do stuff and have fun like their American colleagues.





In the spirit of pranks, & Halloween approaching, heres a couple of funny public scare vids I've watched recently.






#419496 2015 Ford Mondeo

Posted by 2011fiesta on 15 October 2014 - 10:19 AM

Never understood why there's different names for the same thing lol, there's tomato and toe-may-toe but fusion and mondeo... Lol.

Never the less it looks sweet!


Yeah I know lol. Probably just because before Ford starting doing 'world' or 'one' Fords the vehicles were rarely the same on different continents so they wouldn't share names. 
Now they're the same vehicle worldwide US customers for example familiar with the 'Fusion' name could be put off getting another one if it was dropped and suddenly replaced with this new unheard of 'Mondeo' model that has no history to them.


I imagine if they renamed the UK's Mondeo to 'Fusion', people would be like, "What the hell, that tall boxy little city hatch we used to have is now this stunning family car!? And where's our Mondeo gone?"    - as lets face it the average non-Ford fan isn't going to know or care that the same vehicle is sold elsewhere but under a different name.


Same for the latest Kuga I guess. - In the US its called the 'Escape' because that was the name of the small crossover it replaced on the Ford US line up. And US buyers would find it odd if their Escape SUV was suddenly called a 'Kuga' - especially as nowadays hearing the word Kuga more often than not brings the thought of an older woman chasing younger men, than it does the wild cat COUGAR.  lol.

#408289 2015 Focus Facelift (Mk 3.5) Unveiled

Posted by 2011fiesta on 10 September 2014 - 07:30 PM

Top Gear's web review:


A new Ford Focus? But it looks like the old one!



It's very similar, we'll give you that. The third generation Focus has been facelifted - neater headlights and the latest company grille - but there's no major step change. And with good reason: for the last two years, this has been the world's best selling car, and it's on course to take the title again in 2014.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it, and all that.

Indeed. But that hasn't stopped Ford from implementing a raft of measured improvements, with new engines (and an inevitable focus on boosting fuel economy and slicing CO2 emissions), small dynamic tweaks and a rejigged interior.

Is it still great to drive?

When the Focus replaced the ageing Escort 16 years ago, the sharpness of its dynamics was nothing short of revelatory. Passing years have seen the Focus grow in weight while rivals have caught up a little, but this mid-life update for the gen3 Focus gets it right back on its game.

Changes are slight, and centred mainly around tuning the electric power steering for ease of use and making the dampers more compliant. But a resulting benefit is an increase in agility, with keener responses from a more natural and satisfying steering rack. It's impressive for an EPAS system.

The overriding impression the Focus gives is of its front and rear ends working in harmony; a tricky sequence of corners won't outfox the Focus, its accomplished suspension set-up soaking up surface changes while the rear axle is willing to play a role in tightening your cornering line if you ask it to. There are reassuringly high levels of grip for when you simply want to get places, but plenty of driver interaction for when you want to do so smiling. And it's always composed.

And what about those new engines?

A new sub-99g/km 1.5-litre diesel engine will mop up nearly half of Focus sales, though 118bhp is as hot as it gets. We bee-lined straight for the range's new petrol engine, a 1.5-litre four-cylinder Ecoboost turbo unit which comes in 148bhp and 180bhp guises, both claiming 127g/km CO2 emissions and 51.4mpg. The more potent version was available for us to try, and it's mostly very good, its gutsy spread of torque delivered with a linearity akin to a naturally aspirated engine, which will please keen drivers.

It's only north of 2500rpm that things really get going, though, and a lack of low-down verve was particularly noticeable when slicing through town centre traffic and while grabbing a gear lower than normal to keep pace up steeper hills. Good excuse to exercise a decent six-speed manual gearbox, though.

What about that rejigged interior?

This is an area in which the Focus - and Fords in general - has been long overdue some love. Its dashboard has previously been a bit of an ergonomic puzzle, tiny air con and entertainment buttons scattered across the centre console willy nilly. No more. There's a new touchscreen system that immediately slashes the button-count, and its on-screen design has clearly been influenced by some of the more intuitive systems out there, such as Audi's MMI. It works well, and makes the interior look and feel a lot better. The plastics still aren't a match for VW's, mind.

How about technology?

Tons of the stuff. The gen3 Focus was a bit of a market leader when it arrived in 2011, with plenty of big car tech such as self parking and lane departure warning. This has been updated and added to, with the park assist now pulling you out of the tight bay it's spookily swung you into and more diligent crash avoidance radars up front.

Sounds great. Where's the catch?

In the showroom. If you want this 180bhp engine then you must whizz straight up to Titanium X spec, which means lots of goodies, but also a base price of £23,520. Or around £1500 more than the (admittedly less luxurious) Focus ST currently costs, with its 247bhp and madcap attitude.

The 148bhp 1.5 Ecoboost has the same 177lb ft torque figure as the 180bhp version, though, with prices starting at £20,545 for a Zetec S. If you want a Focus and nothing more, there's an old fashioned 84bhp 1.6 petrol for £13,995.



#407913 2015 Focus Facelift (Mk 3.5) Unveiled

Posted by 2011fiesta on 09 September 2014 - 09:12 PM

Few reviews up...


First off, Mr Matt Watson:



Refreshed Ford Focus hatchback is now more refined, and a serious rival to class leaders



When one of Britain’s best-selling cars gets a refresh, it’s big news – especially when it’s an update as extensive as the one applied to the Ford Focus. There’s good reason for the changes, too, with the SEAT LeonVW Golf and Skoda Octavia now ahead of it in the family hatch class. So is this update enough to propel the Focus to the top spot?

We all know how important first impressions are, and the Focus now makes a better one than before. The awkward rear lights and the gaping front inlets have been replaced with a design that’s more harmonious.

The idea here was to give the Focus more of a premium look and the slender front lights, chrome-slatted grille and smaller tail-lamps all help. And it’s  einforced further once you climb into the Focus’ refreshed interior – perhaps the most welcome change of all. Each model – with the exception of entry-level Studio cars – comes with an eight-inch colour touchscreen, which includes many of the functions that were controlled by a confusing array of buttons in the old car.


As a result, it feels much more usable, hi-tech and, crucially, better suited to battle the luxurious Golf – although it’s still not quite as plush. Elsewhere, there’s a new steering wheel design, with better controls for the infotainment system.


The engine highlights are geared towards efficiency, with a new 1.5-litre EcoBoost, which replaces the 1.6 EcoBoost, a new 1.5 TDCi (to be sold alongside the 1.6 TDCi – but with only £100 between them, why bother?) and a more efficient 1.0-litre EcoBoost that stretches down to a 99g/km version.

We tried the 1.5-litre EcoBoost, with 180bhp, which is exactly the same output as you got in the more powerful version of the old 1.6 EcoBoost. Fuel economy is up from 47.9mpg to 51.4mpg, though, and Ford says that the power is delivered lower down in the rev range. As a result, on our test drive we noticed it felt more responsive and more flexible, but probably only because we had an old 1.6 EcoBoost standing by as a reference point.

Other enhancements under the skin include improved sound insulation to the extent that Ford now says the Focus is the class leader in this area. It’s mainly down to extra insulation in the windows, improved door seals and extra sound deadening in the wheel wells.


With the smooth petrol on board, there’s barely any engine noise in the cabin and the amount of tyre and wind noise is definitely reduced over the outgoing car. So is it better than the VW? Usefully, there was a 1.4 TSI Golf on hand to compare, and the differences between the two are so minor you’ll struggle to
decide which is better for a long journey.

The Focus has always led the way for handling, but Ford hasn’t rested on its laurels here, either. It has made tweaks to the steering so that it feels more
responsive just off centre, but without making it feel twitchy at speed.

Turn-in is slightly crisper than it was before, really helping you to make the most of the Focus’ excellent chassis. It has a litheness and an adjustability to it
that the Golf doesn’t quite offer. And Ford has also done its part to improve comfort by tweaking the suspension. Over bumps and ruts, it provides a
cushioned ride, ensuring the Focus still works as a relaxing family car.

Despite the updates and the boost in luxury, Ford has retained the same £13,995 starting price tag as before, while our top-spec Titanium X car costs £100 less than the outgoing equivalent.

With the Focus’ new design and better cabin, the family hatchback class is more closely contested than ever. For driving fun, the Focus wins out, but for luxury, the Golf still just edges it.

Read more: http://www.autoexpre...w#ixzz3Cr1bDaTo


 And AutoCar's review:


What is it?

The latest incarnation of Ford’s family hatchback, the Focus. Since it was first introduced in 1997, bringing with it a new age of Ford dynamic excellence, there hasn’t been much wrong with the way the Focus has driven.

But, in this mid-life facelift, prompted by the car’s three year age and necessitated by the bruising competence of the Volkswagen Golf, the Focus’s dynamics have been tweaked anyway. We’ll come back to those.

More notable, though, are a raft of interior amendments, including more storage cubbies, softer-touch plastics with tasteful chrome-effect highlights and a cleaner, easier-to-operate set of centre console workings.

Also different are the powertrains; the 1.6-litre turbo, in either petrol or diesel flavour, has become a 1.5-litre turbo. Our test car’s an EcoBoost 150 petrol with 148bhp, but there’s also a 180bhp variant. The 1.0-litre three-cylinder, with 124bhp, stays.

The downsized diesels can be had with either 94bhp or 119bhp, giving a 10 per cent improvement in economy over the ones they replace. The 2.0-litre TDCi , also with 148bhp, now makes 10bhp more while emitting 15 per cent less.

What is it like?

The new cabin’s pleasing. I’m still not convinced the controls for the entertainment and information systems are quite as intuitive as, say, Audi’s MMI or BMW’s iDrive, but they – and the graphics they use – are a big improvement.


Left largely unchanged is cabin space and a driving position that some drivers will find is set too high. Rear accommodation is fine, mind, as is the boot. Same as before.

In a while, the 1.5-litre petrol will be offered mated to an auto gearbox, but for now the unit, which is acceptably quiet and reasonably brisk, comes with the six-speed manual we’ve got here.

It changes slickly, with little bump and lots of positivity. And Ford doesn’t mind asking that you put in a bit more effort moving it around the gate than some rivals would. Likewise with pedal feel. Not so much though with steering weight, which is reduced this time around.

Reduced steering effort is an increasing customer demand – especially given that Ford isn’t only selling this car for European consumption. But at 2.6 turns between locks it’s still quick, and is also responsive and accurate. Still the most pleasing and engaging in the class, in fact.

Ditto the rest of the ride and handling – away from warm/hot variants. Ford accepts a tighter, slightly firmer ride over high-frequency bumps, surface imperfections and the like, than most of its rivals would - that means that the body remains better tied-down over longer undulations.

Consistently – and it’s true here – the trade-off is worth it. Bump absorption is still good, with deft wheel control meaning most lumps are cast aside easily. And the flipside is a car in which you don’t mind taking the longer route home.

It’s agile, responsive, and retains the trademark tuck of its nose if you lift into a corner. Ford values the fact that customers appreciate a car that’s pleasant to drive; that does what they ask of it, tells them what it’s up to, and is quicker to respond than the norm.

Should I buy one?

The Focus still makes an extremely strong case for itself; particularly dynamically, as you’d expect.

The rest brings it closer to the Volkswagen. A back-to-back test with a Golf awaits, but my bet is that the material improvements mean you won’t have to prioritise dynamics quite so highly as before to pick the Ford over the Volkswagen.

Ford Focus 1.5 150 EcoBoost Titanium

Price £20,795; 0-62mph 8.2sec; Top speed 131mph; Economy 51.4mpg; CO2 127g/km; Kerb weight 1325kg; Engine 4cyls in line, 1499cc, turbo petrol; Power 148bhp at 6000rpm; Torque 177lb ft at 1600-4000rpm; Gearbox six-speed manual




#395801 Ford Fair 2014 - Who's Going?

Posted by 2011fiesta on 09 August 2014 - 01:28 PM

Here's a quick snippet of myself, Jimrex & iNath getting our cars washed the night before, then heading to Silverstone the next morning...  :)