Fo­cus turns to per­for­mance

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Onroad -

HOT hatch hope­fuls will have a new bench­mark later this year when Ford lands a Fo­cus RS with a stonk­ing 225kW and 440Nm.

The en­gine’s out­put trumps the 217kW of the Lancer Evo and even the 221kW in Subaru’s STi Im­preza. It’s only front-wheel drive but has a spe­cial Quaife dif­fer­en­tial to dis­trib­ute torque to the driv­ing wheels. The price is al­ready set at $59,990 and just over 300 cars will be avail­able to lo­cal buy­ers.

Ford spokesman Peter Fadeyev says: ‘‘We have 315 cars, con­firmed. That’s the to­tal al­lo­ca­tion for Aus­tralia.’’

The Fo­cus RS will sit above the $36,490 XR5 with a tur­bocharged five-cylin­der en­gine — shared with Volvo — that makes 166kW/320 Nm.

‘‘It’s an ad­di­tion. It’s a limited-edi­tion car based on Ford’s World Rally Car pro­gram,’’ Fadeyev says.

The Fo­cus RS is ex­pected in Au­gust and is fit­ted with ev­ery­thing from Re­caro sports bucket seats to rally-style front and rear spoil­ers.

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