Following the world debut of the 2016 Ford Focus RS at the ongoing Geneva Motor Show 2015, it has emerged that the potent hot hatch will offer both a drift button as well as a launch control function to provide the maximum performance.
It is believed that three different driving modes will be available on the latest-generation Ford Focus RS with the drift mode designed to provide controllable oversteer in the latest and possibly greatest current hot hatch. Alongside the drift mode, the Ford Focus RS can be driven in either ‘normal’ or ‘track’ modes. The specifics of the launch control system remain under wraps for now but it seems likely that it will modulate and control both clutch and accelerator pedal inputs to provide the perfect getaway.
Elsewhere, we know that the Ford Focus RS uses the Ford Mustang’s all-aluminium four-cylinder 2.3 litre engine. Thanks to a low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger, among other updates, the 2.3 litre unit pushes 320 hp. Traditionally, the Ford Focus RS has stuck to a front wheel drive layout but the latest version gets a new all-wheel drive layout.
Dynamic Torque Vectoring is fitted and the RS has the ability shift power between the four wheels. Up to 70 per cent of the drive torque can be diverted to the rear axle and up to 100 per cent of the available torque at the rear axle can be sent to each rear wheel.
Four striking colours are available for the Ford Focus RS including Nitrous Blue, a vibrant four-coat metallic finish exclusive to the RS, plus Stealth Grey, Absolute Black and Frozen White. Inside, Ford fit heavily-bolstered partial-leather Recaro sports seats and a Ford SYNC infotainment system.