The new 2017 Ford Focus RS is a hot hatch that offers more than you can bargain for: a bonkers engine, an all-wheel drive, and ample space for backseat passengers. What’s even more, it comes with a tenacious grip, plenty of high-tech options, and a stylish and well-appointed interior. The Ford Focus RS 2017 release date should be expected sometime this fall as a 2017 year model.
For starters in this niche of cars, the Ford Focus is a high-performance vehicle that rivals the likes of Subaru WRX, and the Volkswagen Golf GTI among others in its class. It offers more grunt than any of the two. Hype aside, it packs a 2.3L turbocharged four-cylinder engine beneath its hood capable of cranking out a smoking 350 pounds-ft. of torque and 350 horsepower. This power is then transferred to all the four wheels via the six-speed manual transmission system which is hitched to an AWD system. Most of its European rivals are offered with a FWD.
The 2017 Ford Focus RS interior has been spruced up by Ford for purposes of conforming the RS to modern times. There’re plenty of near-luxury materials on its cabin such as blue stitching, multi-color stitching, and extra gauges atop the dash. These visual flares add to the allure which the Spartan-like Subaru STI can find hard to match.
The infotainment system comes with several appealing features such as the smartphone app connectivity feature that also features “pinch” and “swipe” functionalities. The menu layout and graphical quality is simple and easy to use even for those who are often beleaguered by the thought of operating a smartphone.
True competitors for the Ford Focus RS 2017 are few in its class. Nevertheless, those that try to edge closer include the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG, 2017 Audi S3, Subaru WRX STI, and the Volkswagen Golf R.
The 2017 Audi S3 is set to go for sale for an MSRP starting from $42,500. Features that make it a stand out in this class include a stonking turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a standard all-wheel drive system, an excellent handling, upscale interior, and plenty of standard features for the money. Beneath the hood of the Audi S3 2017 is a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine good for 292 hp and 280 lbs. ft. of torque. Its release date is yet to be confirmed but our moles suspect it could very well be headed for dealerships this fall.
2017 Ford Focus RS Interior & Exterior Changes
Some of the standard accessories available for the Ford Focus RS include LED foglights and running lights, a rearview camera, a 10-speaker Sony sound system, Bluetooth connectivity, a media player interface, the Sync 3 infotainment system, a tilt-and-telescopic leather-wrapped steering wheel, xenon headlights, adjustable suspension settings, nineteen-inch alloy wheels, multi-color ambient lighting, a blind-spot monitor with rear-cross traffic alerts, performance brakes, satellite and HD radio, Bluetooth connectivity, voice controls, partial leather upholstery, keyless entry and ignition, adjustable suspension settings, cruise controls, automatic dual-zone climate control, and a rearview camera.
Options tacked on by the RS2 package include a leather upholstery, eighteen-inch wheels, simulated suede inserts, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, heated exterior mirrors, a navigation system, six-way power driver seats, and RS-specific eighteen-inch wheels.
Exterior Ford Focus RS colors: Stealth Gray Metallic, Shadow Black, Nitrous Blue Quad-Coat Metallic, and Frozen White Metallic. changes can be expected on its release date.
Wheelbase: 8 ft. 8.3 in. (104.3 in.)
Length: 14 ft. 4.8 in. (172.8 in.)
Width: 5 ft. 11.8 in. (71.8 in.)
Passenger volume: 91 cu.ft.
Cargo volume: 20 cu ft
Curb weight: 3459 lb
Top Speed: 165 mph
0-60: 4.6 sec
MPG: 19/25 mpg (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Frozen White Metallic, Nitrous Blue Quad-Coat Metallic, Shadow Black, Stealth Gray Metallic…
Towing Capacity: N/A
2017 Ford Focus RS Engine Specs
As already mentioned above, the new 2017 Ford Focus RS comes equipped with the familiar 2.3L turbocharged four-cylinder engine good for 350 hp and 350 pounds-feet of torque. Transmission pairing is by the six-speed manual. Default systems include an automatic stop-start system, an all-wheel drive, and hill start assist.
Both the 2017 Ford Focus RS mpg and 0-60 mph acceleration data were unavailable at the time of the writing of this review.
Some of the safety features available on the Focus RS include antilock disc brakes, integrated blind-spot monitors, front side airbags, traction and stability control, a rearview camera, an emergency crash notification feature, and full length side curtain airbags.
2017 Ford Focus RS Release Date USA & Price
Some industry experts say we should expect the Focus RS sometime this fall while other say it’ll debut early next year. Pricing is yet to be announced but we wage it’ll start from around $42,500.
The 2017 Ford Focus RS curb weight is yet to be confirmed.