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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2015 10:07 am    Post subject: Fuck yeah, Ford! Reply with quote

http://jalopnik.com/2016-ford-focus-rs-this-is-your-320-hp-awd-monster-ha-1683323602


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The Focus RS ups the ante with a 2.3-liter turbo four, sourced from the Mustang EcoBoost, with 'at least' 320 horsepower and 'at least' 320 pound-feet of torque.



Six-speed clutch-and-stick manual, too. Ten years ago, if you would have told me I'd be this excited about a Focus, I would have slapped you.



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And it's not your regular dumb all-wheel drive. The Focus RS has torque vectoring all-wheel drive that can send up to 70 percent of the drive torque to the rear axle, and 100 percent of that torque can be diverted to one wheel. It monitors conditions between the front and rear continuously in order to establish where all that power goes.



Cyan for "hey, that's nice."

Red for "congratulations on being excited about a regular open rear diff, Jalopnik."

I mean, maybe it vectors to the outside? Maybe Jalopnik doesn't really know what torque vectoring is? Anyone's guess these days.

Still, could totally see myself picking a used one of these up in a few years.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2015 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool, but yeah wtf about being excited that it has an open diff.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2015 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really can't tell if they're just doing a bad job of describing real torque vectoring or if Jalopnik has been fooled by the world's tiniest amount of marketing spin.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2015 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't have much trust in them anymore, so it could go either way.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2015 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Better articles indicate actual vectoring. Nice.

http://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/future-cars/news/a24914/2017-ford-focus-rs-awd-more-than-315-hp-coming-to-the-us/

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All that turboey power goes through an honest-to-goodness six-speed stick with a short-throw lever and upgraded clutch, and on to a seriously wild all-wheel drivetrain. Named Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring, the system features twin electronically controlled clutch packs on either side of the rear differential. Up to 70 percent of engine torque can be sent to the rear axle, with these twin clutch packs sending some or all of that power to each rear wheel.

The result: A torque-vectoring rear end that monitors sensor inputs 100 times a second to coax the car around bends. "During cornering, the rear drive unit pre-emptively diverts torque to the outer rear wheel immediately based on inputs such as steering wheel angle, lateral acceleration, yaw and speed," Ford says. "This torque transfer has the effect of 'driving' the car into the bend, achieving improved turn-in and stability, and virtually eliminating understeer."

The whole setup is good for more than 1 g of cornering grip, Ford says. It's also capable of flinging the Focus RS into lurid tail-out oversteer—"at the track," Ford insists.



This might be the most excited I've ever been by an attainable new car.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2015 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've always been a fan of the focus, having owned 2 of them, i think they're awesome little cars. And it looks like this will make it even better. it's probably going to be a $35K car new i would guess.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2015 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't see a price anywhere, did you?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2015 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw some numbers, but they were all blurry. Guess it was just out of...focus?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2015 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No published price for the RS yet. Given that the 2015 Focus is a sub-$20k car, $35k seems too high (that's pretty close to Mustang GT territory, iirc). I'm gonna guess around $26-28k?
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2015 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was picking that price purely based on it being competitive with the STI and the Evo.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2015 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are going to release this in the US? Am I crazy or have past RS models been excluded from a US launch?
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2015 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Often, yes. The articles say that we'll see on here this time though.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2015 2:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the best focus we got here was the ST. And I want to say that started at $25k or so.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2015 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's Jalopnik, anything goes anymore.. but the new Focus RS does look rather tempting. Next thing I buy is likely to be diesel though..
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