News: 2016 Focus RS Photo Gallery

0 2016 Focus RS Photo Gallery

Blue with Envy

Check out this expansive gallery of Focus RS images

By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of Ford Motor Company

We can’t get enough of the Focus RS. Next to the Shelby GT350, Ford’s hottest hatch might be Ford Performance’s most exciting offering that’s within the grasp of the enthusiast. It will be fast, it will drift, and it will definitely be a lot of fun. Recently the Blue Oval offered some European writers the first chance to experience the 350-horsepower, all-wheel-drive machine on its test track in Lommel, Belgium.

Ford let several European auto writers ride shotgun in the 2016 Focus RS, and for that event produced the most comprehensive gallery of photos yet of this impressive machine.
Ford let several European auto writers ride shotgun in the 2016 Focus RS, and for that event produced the most comprehensive gallery of photos of this impressive machine yet.

Representatives from Auto Car, Auto Express, Auto Trader, Car Magazine, Evo, The Telegraph, and Top Gear among others were able to ride shotgun in the 2016 Focus RS and they all seemed to enjoy the experience. And, yes, we are super jealous that we weren’t included in these ridealongs, but there is a bit of a silver lining. While those writers were there having fun, Ford’s photogs snapped off a bunch of images of Nitrous Blue hatches, which give us our best look at t the car so far.

The new RS might have zero-lift aerodynamics, but it appears to have plenty of grip to lift the inside rear wheel during cornering!
The new RS might have zero-lift aerodynamics, but it appears to have plenty of grip to lift the inside rear wheel during cornering!

Courtesy of these shots, we get a better look at the interior, as well as our first peek at the engine compartment, which reveals an open airbox and an expansive engine cover. The interior detail shots offer a better look at the center console and the controls for the Drive Modes, while the hatch shots show a hidden storage organizer under the hatch floor.

These photographs just make us yearn to get behind the wheel of this car even more, but for now we’ll just gaze at these shots and dream.

We finally get a look at the 2.3-liter engine in the new Focus RS. Of note is the free breathing air box with a grille that seals to the hood.
We finally get a look at the 2.3-liter engine in the new Focus RS. Of note is the free breathing air box with a grille that seals to the hood.
The Focus RS employs its own version of an active exhaust like the Shelby GT350. With the RS in Sport Mode, this valve opens. Sport Mode also tweaks the calibration so the exhaust provides maximum personality through the open exhaust.
The Focus RS employs its own version of an active exhaust like the Shelby GT350. With the RS in Sport Mode, this valve opens. Sport Mode also tweaks the calibration so the exhaust provides maximum personality through the open exhaust.
Underneath the hatch floor there is a hidden storage system that holds the tire-inflation kit, subwoofer, and more. It also has some empty slots for you to stow things away.
Underneath the hatch floor there is a hidden storage system that holds the tire-inflation kit, subwoofer, and more. It also has some empty slots for you to stow things away.
We know the Focus RS is loaded with cool drive modes, including Drift Mode, and now we can see it will be easy to reach over from the shifter and engage them.
We know the Focus RS is loaded with cool drive modes, including Drift Mode, and now we can see it will be easy to reach over from the shifter and engage them.

2016 Focus RS Gallery

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