Our experts review the 2016 Ford Focus RS. How fast can the 2016 Ford Focus RS hatchback go? Edmunds Road Test Manager Jonathan Elfalan hits the quarter-mile at California Speedway in Fontana, California, to test out the 350-horsepower hot hatch's acceleration prowess.
[MUSIC PLAYING] JONATHAN ELFALAN: Woohoo! Wow, that was much better. Hey, guys. I'm Jonathan, and that is a Ford Focus. But don't let the unassuming gray paint fool you, because it's actually a Focus RS, which means it's all-wheel drive, it makes 350 horsepower and 350 pound feet of torque from a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. We're going to find out what all that translates to right here in the real world. [MUSIC PLAYING] We're going to start off with a key-up run. We don't mess with any settings. And that kind of sets a good marker for where we start off. And it gives you an idea of, if you were to just get in the car and get going, that that's kind of the speed and acceleration you can expect. So with that being said, let's get going. Very nice. So yeah, I mean, I can feel all the-- all 350 pound feet of torque. And it just-- yeah, I mean, it's hard to believe this is a 2.3-liter engine. It's pretty quick in terms of, you know, if you're talking the broad scope of cars. But we know that this thing is much more capable of greater speeds. This RS happens to have a Launch Control mode. All-wheel drive cars can be sometimes tricky to launch because you have a lot of grip. And a lot of times, if you-- especially if you have a manual transmission, all that grip and trying to get off the line quickly sends a lot of shock to the drive train. So with systems like this, it's able to kind of optimize the all-wheel drive so that you're not sending all the power to all four wheels. It's going to be slipping clutches here and there and getting you off the line as quickly as possible. I've just switched it over to Sport Mode, too, which gives us a lower level of computer intervention. It's going to allow our wheels to slip a little bit more. Let's give this a shot. Woohoo! Wow, that was much better. Nice. I've got this little RS shift light that blinks as you're getting close to the 6500 RPM redline. [MUSIC PLAYING] I have Launch Control activated. This time, I'm in Track mode. And let's give this a shot. Whoa. Yeah. God, that off the line-- off the line, it feels really good. Yeah. I mean, the torque is really apparent. It just continues to pull even when you get up to the higher speeds, which is really nice. This thing's a blast. I love this. That is the Ford Focus RS. If you liked the video, please be sure to subscribe to Edmunds. On YouTube, and check us out at Edmunds.com. [MUSIC PLAYING]
The 2016 Ford Focus RS is offered in the following submodels: Hatchback. Available styles include 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M). Focus RS models are available with a 2.3-liter gas engine, with output up to 350 hp, depending on engine type. The 2016 Focus RS comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed manual. The 2016 Focus RS comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.
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What options are available on the 2016 Ford Focus RS?
Available Ford Focus RS 2016 Submodel Types: Hatchback
Available Ford Focus RS 2016 Trims: Base
Exterior Colors: Nitrous Blue Quad-Coat Metallic, Frozen White Metallic, Shadow Black, Stealth Gray Metallic, Race Red
Interior Colors: Charcoal Black leather/cloth, Charcoal Black leather/sueded microfiber
Popular Features: AWD/4WD, Alarm, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Auto Climate Control, Aux Audio Inputs, Back-up camera, Bluetooth, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Keyless Entry/Start, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Rear Bench Seats, Stability Control, Tire Pressure Warning, Trip Computer, USB Inputs, Upgraded Headlights, Post-collision safety system, Heated seats, Navigation, Power Driver Seat, Sunroof/Moonroof, Apple Carplay/Android Auto
Engine/Mechanics: 4 cylinders
Fuel Types: premium unleaded (recommended)
Drivetrains: all wheel drive
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