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2015 is shaping up to be the year of Volkswagen, as the company is prepared to overtake the number one place in terms of sales globally, but from an automotive enthusiast’s point of view, 2015 is definitely going to be the year of Ford.
The latest amazing creation coming from the American company is the Ford Focus RS 2016 (See Ford Focus’s prices and specs here), and with it Ford delivered a huge blow for its 2 main competitors, the Volkswagen Golf R 2015 (Prices and specs of Golf here) and the Honda Civic R 2016 (and here are the prices and specs of Civic).
Ford surprised many by 2 major weapons that they equipped the Focus RS 2016 with, transforming the car from just a competitor to a full grown killing machine, trained to kill the Volkswagen Golf R and the Honda Civic R 2016.
The first weapon is the engine, and instead of trying to milk every drop of power from the 2.0 liter displacement that the Civic and Golf chose, they chose the 2.3 size. The 2.3 liter EcoBoost is rumored to produce close to 340 hp and more than 320 pound-feet of torque, as opposed to the Golf R’s 2.0 creating 292 hp and 280 Pound-feet of torque, or the Civic R’s 2.0 creating 305 hp and 295 pound-feet of torque.
The second weapon is the new AWD system, thus eliminating the only disadvantage the Focus RS had, and that is the 2WD setup. Even though the Golf R is also equipped with AWD, Focus has a special “Drift” button, which when pressed, sends 70% of the torque to the rear wheels. The Golf can’t send more than 50% of the torque to the rear wheel, thus a drift can’t be maintained.
Performance figures are estimated to be like this:
Ford Focus RS 2016 0 - 100 km/h 4.4 sec, Top speed 270 km/h
Honda Civic R 2016 0 - 100 km/h 5.7 sec Top speed 270 km/h
Volkswagen Golf R 2016 0 - 100 km/h 4.9 sec Top Speed 260 km/h
Next generation Golf R will not come before 2017, while the next generation Civic R already debuted at the Geneva Motor Show 2015. This means that the Ford Focus RS 2016 will have 2 full years of undisputed competition, and we predict that they will kill the competition.