2009 Ford Focus RS review and pictures

Posted on Sunday, 6 July 2008 , 10:07:40 byVeronica

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Ford Focus RS

Americans from Ford have developed a new Ford Focus RS, a model which will be previewed on July 22 at the 2008 London International Motor Show. At the beginning of 2009 the new car will be available for purchase. From the beginning, the new Ford Focus RS exudes the presence, sporty style and lowered appearance expected of a genuine Ford RS. The model is finished in a special bright green paint with inlaid metallic flakes, a striking, modern interpretation of the 1970s Le Mans Green of the Escort RS1600 era. Front and rear quarter panels have been revised to incorporate wider wheel arches and a wider track. Two classic-style bonnet louvers are both a styling hint at the power beneath and a practical requirement, maintaining correct system temperatures. At the rear, a new rear bumper incorporates a large venturi-tunnel to its lower edge with small vents at each corner of the bumper. At each side of the black venturi there are two impressive chromed exhaust tailpipes, creating a purposeful rear view for the car. Different innovations, developed as a result of customer feedback from previous performance Fords, have allowed engineers to keep the new Focus RS as front-wheel drive, with a limited-slip differential, while still achieving demanding targets for traction, handling and steering. Driving quality developments for the model include a 40 mm wider track, stronger, longer, revised springs and dampers, but also a longer rear anti-roll bar. The steering system has been returned to provide an even sharper steering response and very precise feedback. In creating the new model, the team had to meet the same stringent targets for durability and reliability as those set for the rest of the Focus range. The Ford Focus RS will be built in Germany and will be offered with a standard Ford of Europe warranty.