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New 2015 Ford Focus Rs - Global Reveal

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.

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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.






New Face-Lifted C-Max

18 September 2014 - 05:14 PM

New face-lifted C-Max video posted on FordEurope's YouTube channel:


First Reviews ~Ford Mustang

17 September 2014 - 07:20 PM

Top Gear ~ First drive review:




What is it?

This is the 2015 Ford Mustang. We've always loved and admired the model from afar, but now it's coming to the UK - and many other foreign lands - for the first time as part of the official model line up. And it's not going to be some special, limited edition left-hand drive effort - it's a proper right-hand drive model optimised for our driving styles and conditions.

What engines will it have?

In the US it's available with a V6, a 5.0-litre V8 and - new for 2015 - a 2.3-litre EcoBoost four. The V6 is the base engine and won't be making the trip overseas, leaving the four and the eight as the two choices. The V8 is a carry over from 2014 and has 418 horsepower plus 524 Nm of the good stuff. The EcoBoost - a twin turbocharged in-line four banger - has 314 horsepowers and 434 of your finest torques.

So obviously you want the V8 then?

Your heart might say V8 - and if you've been waiting several decades to get a proper one in the UK, nothing else will probably do - but your head should not let you dismiss that EcoBoost fella lightly. It might have over 100bhp less than the V8 but, depending on the final spec, the car can weigh over 100kg less, too. Pretty much all of that from the front end. So there is a huge win in the steering department for the smaller-engined car.



What about the handling - they've sorted that, right?

Right. The big news is that the Mustang gets an independent rear suspension for the first time (if you don't count the SVT Cobra). But that is just the beginning of the handling story for this car. It's not going too far to say that this chassis is one of the best Ford has ever produced, anywhere in the world.

In the spec we'll get in the UK - which in the US would require optioning a performance pack - this Mustang is fabulously neutral, controlled, amazingly well damped and exactly what you want underneath you. It's a tiny bit harsh on some bigger bumps, but road noise is low, the steering is direct - especially in Sport mode, one of three switchable choices available - and it's a lot of fun to drive.


That's fun for a muscle car, not fun compared with Europe or Japan's finest?

No, that's fun without any qualification. This chassis will go up against the best from anywhere and give them a good run for the money. You can steer both models, both of which have a limited slip diff as standard, on the throttle almost as much as with the wheel - the V8 particularly - so you can indulge your inner Bullitt fantasies as much as you want. But then when you want to tidy things up and go fast, it will now do that, too. The EcoBoost-equipped car is, by quite a margin, the best handing of the two.

Give me more of an idea here. Would the EcoBoost Stang give a GT86 a run for its money?

It wouldn't just give it a run, it would smash its face in. The new Stang has a stack more grip, more power, more torque and is an altogether bigger, faster car.

What are the gearbox options - all manual?

No, there's a six-speed manual , but there's also a six-speed auto, too. Clutch action is light and smooth and the shift action is fine. The auto is a bit of a surprise - much more responsive and racy than you might expect, particularly when in Sport mode. It has the usual adaptive change patterns, but you can also stir it through the steering wheel mounted paddles. The manual is still the true driver's option, but the self-shifter runs it close.


What does it sound like?

The V8 sounds exactly like a Mustang should, roaring and grumbling its way up and down the rev range, so it hasn't been strangled to make it work around the world. The EcoBoost is not as evocative but has its own sound signature - a buzzy, swooshy note that doesn't exactly thrill but doesn't sound unpleasant either.

Tell me about the interiors - up to scratch?

Yep, all good inside. Ford has adopted an aeronautical theme to the interiors so they are all brushed aluminium, Bell & Ross watch-inspired speedo/tacho, and bright alloy toggle switches. It feels cool, contemporary and suitable. There are a number of upgrades available - Recaro seats, leather, etc - but even in the mid-spec cars they feel premium.

Connectivity is fully up to scratch, too. The revised Sync system swallows your phone's address book in seconds, the navigation takes verbal commands more easily and there's a stadium rock concert-level sound system available for those AC/DC moments. Seat space in the back is OK for smaller adults and kids. The load area, with fold down seats, is big enough to carry enough stuff for four people. It's not massively spacious, but suitable.

C'mon, it can't all be great. Surely there's something that won't work here?

Well, it is still a big car and the view over the bonnet is restricted over both wings (even though we won't be getting the bonnet scoops in the UK), so squeezing it into parking gaps is going to be an issue. Likewise threading it down a narrow back lane is going to require a lot of concentration. But the good news is that the car now has the power and precision to let you do that.


So should I buy one?

Of course you should. At the sort of prices being bandied about - under £30k for the EcoBoost and well under £35k for the V8 - there's an awful lot of very, very good competition. But Ford has done its homework and built a Mustang that not only keeps the muscle car flame burning brightly, it also adds the quality, precision and practicality that it needs to make this not just an emotional purchase, but also a rational one, too.


We might have had to wait 50 years for it to get here, but the wait has been worthwhile.





Sleek & Elegant New 2014 Ford S-Max Revealed...

15 September 2014 - 07:58 PM

Sleek & elegant NEW 2014 FORD S-MAX revealed...