Ford introduced the first ever Focus RS in 2002, reviving the RS (Rallye Sport) badge after having popularized it before with rally homologation specials like the Escort RS 1600 or the Escort RS Cosworth. Despite looking like a road-going version of the WRC model, the car was FWD and offered a little over 200 horsepower. Almost seven years later, another generation of the Focus RS arrived with an even more pronounced rally look and a Volvo-sourced five-cylinder with 305 horsepower sent to the front wheels. While torque-steer was kept to a minimum via a standard LSD from Quaife and a MacPherson front suspension strut called RevoKnuckle, the car was still far from offering WRC-like performance for the road.
The third-generation Focus RS was one of the most eagerly awaited cars for 2016, and it certainly lived up to expectations. The model was offered with an innovative all-wheel-drive system. Set to be manufactured at the same German plant as its predecessors, this was the first RS model to be sold around the world, including the U.S. With a Mustang-sourced, 2.3-liter, EcoBoost engine that was engineered to deliver in excess of 300 horsepower, the all-new Focus RS really ups the ante for Ford in the performance-hatch category.
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