What we know about the new Ford Focus RS hatchback (and its competitors)
By David Richardson Ford has just announced its 2019 Focus RS sedan, the first of a new line of hatchbacks that will be introduced in 2021.
The new RS is the third in Ford’s range of sporty hatchbacks, after the 2018 and 2019 Ford Expedition, and it comes with a range of upgrades, including a powertrain package that comes standard on both the Expedition and Focus RS.
The Focus RS is expected to debut in 2021, but this will not be the last Focus RS to arrive.
Ford has been busy designing new hatchbacks and a range-topping compact hatchback for some time.
There are currently three Ford Focus hatchbacks in production, with the first two going on sale in 2019 and 2020, and a third expected to arrive in 2021 or later.
The first of these is the Focus RS, the second the Focus S, and the third the Focus Sport.
There is a bit of a catch, though.
Ford’s Focus RS was originally supposed to arrive around 2020, but the company has delayed the 2019 launch of the hatch until 2020.
Instead, the new Focus RS will arrive in the summer of 2021.
What does this mean?
The Focus RS has a few significant changes from its predecessor, the Focus ST.
First and foremost, the hatchback now uses a six-cylinder engine from Ford’s new Fusion architecture, as opposed to the six-litre Ford Focus ST engine that debuted in the Focus.
The Fusion engine is a turbocharged 4.0-litres V8 engine, which produces about 400bhp and 520lb ft of torque at 6,400rpm.
The 4.4-liters Ford Focus S is now powered by the Fusion V6 engine, with a boost to the rear axle of 1.6kg and a revised torque-to-weight ratio of 1,300lb ft.
Ford has been building the Focus hatchback since late 2016, and we know that it will be a big step up in performance from its predecessors.
The Fusion V8 will be mounted to the front of the car, rather than in the rear, which makes for a more compact design.
However, the Fusion engine has a higher compression ratio and lower compression ratio, so the new hatchback is also expected to produce a lot more power.
With a new engine and a bigger displacement, Ford has set a target for the Fusion to produce more than 700bhp.
The standard Fusion engine produces up to 450bhp, but Ford has increased the output to 500bhp on the base Fusion S. That will translate into about 2,400lb ft in torque.
While that might sound like a lot, it’s actually about 1,000lb ft more than the Fusion, which is also equipped with a dual-scroll six-speed automatic transmission.
But, the base Focus RS still uses the Fusion’s naturally aspirated V6 and 5.7-litrods of torque.
The base Fusion is still able to produce 1,800lb ft, but will also be able to deliver up to 600lb ft with the new Fusion V10 engine.
It’s all thanks to Ford’s turbocharged, supercharged 4-cylinders.
The 2018 Fusion was also rated at up to 400bpm at 6200rpm, but that is now down to 370bpm and down to 400lb ft at 6400rpm on the new 2018 Fusion.
This is because Ford’s supercharged engine uses the same fuel as the standard Fusion, but instead of using the same combustion chamber, it uses a new chamber that uses a high-flow catalytic converter.
As a result, the turbocharged engine is able to increase the power output by 1,400bhp over the Fusion.
This is good news for the hatch, which has already managed to make a couple of gains over the standard hatchback.
At around 600lbft, the 2018 Focus RS produces more torque than the base hatchback, but less torque than either the base or the Fusion S, thanks to the lower compression ratios.
Of course, the biggest gains are the gains in performance, and that’s what the Fusion is all about.
Both the 2018 Fusion and the 2018 Ford Focus are expected to offer an 8.3-litry cabin, which features a suite of advanced technology, including Active Dynamic Seating, heated seats and active cruise control.
I expect to see more of the new 2017 Ford Focus on the road in 2021 than I did in 2020.
There’s a lot to look forward to with the Focus, including the introduction of a 6-speed manual gearbox, an adaptive cruise control system, and, of course, a turbocharger.
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