Focus RS enters production…January 22, 2009
Ford has started production of it’s Focus RS in it’s Saarlouis plant in Germany – along side the regular three-door, five-door & wagon hatch, along with the ST (XR5 Turbo) model. Ford has even hired a ‘special unit’ for the production of the RS, to specifically install a number of unique mechanical, exterior and interior design details.
These include new body parts to incorporate wider wheel arches and a wider track, complemented by revised, deeper side rocker mouldings and custom front and rear bumpers.
Ford has also confirmed that the vehicle’s final specification will see it develop 300hp (225kW) and 325lb-ft (440Nm) of torque from its Duratec 2.5L engine. This is enough for a 0-100km/h (62mph) time of 5.9 seconds and a top speed of 264km/h (164mph).
“We are excited that a new RS-badged Ford performance model is back in our portfolio and that production at Saarlouis is starting on schedule,” said Ford’s European chief John Fleming. “We’ve had a huge amount of interest in this model from the loyal army of Ford RS enthusiasts as well as potential customers who have never owned an RS before.”
When it’s launched later this year, the new Focus RS will mark the return of the storied Ford ‘RS’ badge, last seen on the first-generation Focus RS in 2002 and with a heritage stretching back 38 years including Fiesta, Escort and Sierra models – some of which were also built at the Saarlouis plant.