Ford shows off new 2009 Focus RS
Ford has revealed the 2009 Focus RS hot hatch that they’re going to show at this month’s London Motor Show. Along with all the body-kit pieces you see in the photos, the car will pack a 295 hp 2.5-litre turbocharged 5-cylinder, using 410 Nm of torque through the front wheels, good for 0-100 kph runs under 6 seconds.
The Ford Focus RS is equipped with an innovative front suspension system known as a ‘RevoKnuckle’, which is designed to reduce unwanted steering disturbance and torque steer, since it is a front-wheel-driven vehicle. Torque steer occurs during hard acceleration, cornering or driving on uneven surfaces, when torque on the driven wheels exceeds grips levels. It is characterised by sudden turning force on the steering wheel and can be exacerbated by vehicles with wide tyres and limited-slip differentials. The so-called ‘RevoKnuckle’ works in conjunction with a Quaife Automatic Torque Biasing limited-slip differential to reduce torque steer. All-wheel-drive was dumped to save weight.
Other features include a 6-speed manual, 19-inch wheels, 235/35 low profile Continental tyres, bigger disc brakes, stability control with an “off” switch, upgraded interior and the body kit. We believe it will be available in colours other than the Hulk Green, although we also believe this is car is not coming to the GCC.