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2017 Base 4dr Hatchback
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Price:   -  From $36,120


After easing for a while, what’s been dubbed the “hot hatchback” segment is starting to sizzle again. Taking advantage of the revived trend, Ford launched the Focus RS last year to battle cars like the Honda Civic Type R and Volkswagen Golf R. Claimed to be the most powerful production Focus ever built, the current RS is the latest member of a long string of RS (Rallye Sport) models.

What's New for 2017

The RS went on sale midway through the 2016 model year, so it's essentially unchanged for 2017.

Ford Focus RS

Choosing Your Ford Focus RS

Ford Focus RS

Naturally, the heart of the Focus RS is its 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, whipping up 350 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and as much as 350 pound-feet of torque at 3,200 rpm. That’s 40 more horsepower than the same EcoBoost engine delivers if installed in a Mustang. Technical upgrades, including a new twin-scroll turbocharger with a bigger housing, help account for the increase. So does a larger-diameter exhaust system.

A Focus RS driver can choose from four modes: Normal, Sport, Track and Drift. They affect damping rates, stability control settings, steering and throttle response, and all-wheel drive settings. Changing modes will even alter the exhaust sound. Ford claims that Drift mode is an “industry first,” intended for track use only.

Ford has claimed that the Focus RS can accelerate to 62 mph in 4.7 seconds, and is capable of reaching 165 mph on the track. Automatic stop/start technology is standard. Fuel economy is estimated at 19 mpg in city driving and 25 mpg on the highway.

Only a six-speed manual transmission is available, sending all that energy to all four wheels via Ford's racing-inspired Performance All-Wheel Drive system. Monitoring various sensors 100 times per second, the system can provide controlled oversteer drifts for peak performance on the race track. Dynamic Torque Vectoring actively distributes torque to each wheel to improve handling, according to Ford. Up to 100 percent of available torque can be sent to either the left or right wheel, as needed.

Ford Focus RS

Launch Control Technology aims to let the Focus RS take corners more adeptly than any prior Focus. Lateral acceleration exceeds 1.0 g.

The RS looks the part of a race-ready car, particular in the front, where you'll find an aggressive trapezoidal grille and a deep front splitter. For superior engine cooling, air-intake openings are as large as possible. Brake cooling ducts and vertically mounted foglamps emphasize the car’s wide, muscular stance. Automatic HID headlights are standard.

Inside are partially leather-trimmed, heavily bolstered Recaro seats with contrast stitching, a flat-bottom steering wheel with soft-feel leather rim, metal pedals, unique instruments, SYNC 3 connectivity, and a 10-speaker Sony audio system. Michelin Super Sport summer tires ride on 19-inch wheels.

Options include a sunroof, 19-inch forged wheels, and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. Four colors are available, including Nitrous Blue ($695 extra), Stealth Gray, Frozen White, and Shadow Black. The winter tire option includes Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 tires on Sparkle Silver painted wheels.

For $2,785, an optional RS2 package furnishes a heated front seats with driver power, a heated steering wheel, heated side mirrors, voice-activated touchscreen navigation, and SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link.

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Pricing of the Focus RS starts at $36,995 (destination charge included). In comparison, the current Focus ST stickers for $25,650. Partly because cars of this type are difficult to find, the RS typically sells at or above MSRP.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.3L I-4 / 350 HP / 350 ft.lbs.
6-spd man w/OD
Drive Type
Automatic Full-time All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
19 / 25 / 22 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.3L I-4 / 350 HP / 350 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Automatic Full-time All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
19 / 25 / 22 Mpg
Brembo 4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Short And Long Arm
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
13.9 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
44.8 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
91 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
171.7 "
Exterior Width
71.7 "
Exterior Height
58.4 "
Front Headroom
39.1 "
Rear Headroom
37.9 "
Front Legroom
41.9 "
Rear Legroom
33.4 "
Front Shoulder Room
55.6 "
Rear Shoulder Room
52.6 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,460 Lbs.
Wheel Base
104 "
Turning Radius
18.7 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
19.0 " Painted Aluminum / 19.0 " Painted Forged Aluminum / 18.0 " Silver Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Quad-coat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Convex Spotter / Dual Power Remote Heated Convex Spotter
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel With Polished Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Cloth/leather / Simulated Suede/leather
Front Seat Type
Sport Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way / (6-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
6-way / (6-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
10 Sony
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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