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2016 Ford Focus RS to get Mountune upgrades, Australian potential unclear

British tuning firm Mountune has revealed details of a performance package designed for the upcoming 2016 Ford Focus RS. The company announced this week the first group of upgrades to be included in the eventual performance package that will make the hot hatch even hotter...

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Ford Focus RS RX makes World Rallycross debut with Ken Block - video
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Ford Focus RS RX makes World Rallycross debut with Ken Block - video

The new Ford Focus RS is already one of the quickest and wildest hot hatches in the world - so the Rallycross version, the Ford Focus RS RX, is truly manic. Debuting in Portugal for the FIA World Rallycross Championship last weekend, the Focus RS RX can sprint from 0-60mph (0-97km/h) in less than two seconds - but then, thanks to FIA specifications, so can its rivals...


2016 Ford Focus RS Review: Track Test
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2016 Ford Focus RS Review: Track Test

The 2016 Ford Focus RS is an amazing road car, as we discovered here. But how does it go on a proper racetrack? To find out, Ford brought us over to Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain. This track is home to MotoGP and, in the past, DTM, World Touring Cars and even GT cars. It’s a relatively tight track with plenty of technical corners, well suited to the grippy characteristics of the Focus RS...


The Ford Focus RS is too cheap
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The Ford Focus RS is too cheap

Here are some interesting facts: the German built Ford Focus RS costs just over €40,000 in Europe, £29,990 in the UK and about US$37,000 in the United States. Convert that at today’s (fast-sinking) Australian dollar exchange rate and that’s roughly $62,000, $61,000 and $53,000 respectively. How much do we pay for the car locally? $50,990...


Ford Focus RS: dual-clutch transmission would've led to more understeer
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Ford Focus RS: dual-clutch transmission would've led to more understeer

The new-generation Ford Focus RS forwent an automatic or dual-clutch transmission to keep weight down on the front axle, but there’s still a possibility a self-shifting unit will make an appearance in the future. Speaking to CarAdvice at the launch of the 2016 Ford Focus RS, Tyrone Johnson, the head of engineering and vehicle manager at Ford Performance, said costs were not the only reason the new Focus RS is available with a six-speed manual transmission only...


Ford Focus RS: all-wheel drive the 'only option'
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Ford Focus RS: all-wheel drive the 'only option'

The head engineer for Ford Performance cars says there was no other option but to use an all-wheel drive system for the new Ford Focus RS, admitting the previous generation’s front-wheel drive setup was already past its peak...


2016 Ford Focus RS Review
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2016 Ford Focus RS Review

It's one of the most eagerly anticipated hot hatches of the year, and we've driven it. Read our review of the mighty Ford Focus RS.


2016 Ford Focus RS production begins, new video details drive modes
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2016 Ford Focus RS production begins, new video details drive modes

The first market-bound examples of the new 2016 Ford Focus RS have entered production in Germany this week, just days before CarAdvice will drive the new hot hatch in Spain. The news is accompanied by a short video (above) of ex-Stig and professional driver Ben Collins offering a brief rundown on the RS hatch’s driving modes - including a fancy ‘drift mode’ function...


Small cars coming in 2016
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Small cars coming in 2016

Small cars coming in 2016 Mainstream small cars Hyundai Elantra – February Toyota Prius – March Kia Cerato update – April Honda Civic – mid 2016 MG 6 – September Alfa Romeo Giulietta update – Q3 DS 4 and/or DS 4 Crossback – Q3 Hyundai Ioniq – Q3 Suzuki Baleno – Q3 (TBC for Oz) Renault Megane hatch – September/October Holden Astra hatch - quarter four Luxury/sports small cars Mercedes-Benz A-Class update (includes A45) – January Mercedes-Benz CLA45 update – Q1 Peugeot 308 GTi – Q1 Ford Focus RS – mid 2016 Hyundai Elantra sports model – Q3 Infiniti Q30 – Q3 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class update – Q3 Volvo V40 update – Q3 BMW 1 Series update – second half BMW 2 Series update – second half...


2016 Ford New Cars
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2016 Ford New Cars

Details of the new and updated Ford vehicles launching in Australia in 2016.   Mustang – January The first customer cars landed in the country in December, but the highly anticipated Ford Mustang officially launches in Australia in January...


2016 Mercedes-AMG A45 Review
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2016 Mercedes-AMG A45 Review

The 2016 Mercedes-AMG A45 has as much Hyde as ever, but now a welcome hint of Jekyll...


Peugeot Australia "extremely happy" with sub-$45-$50k 308 GTi pricing
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Peugeot Australia "extremely happy" with sub-$45-$50k 308 GTi pricing

Despite pricing for the new Peugeot 308 GTi raising eyebrows when announced less than four weeks ago, the French brand's local distributor says the final figures are better than originally expected. Speaking to CarAdvice at this week’s Peugeot 308 GTi ‘preview’ drive in Sydney, the public relations and communications manager for Sime Darby Motors Group – Peugeot’s Australian distributor - Tyson Bowen, said the group is pleased with the two-model range's $44,990 to $49,990 pricing...


Ford contemplating launch of an even faster Focus RS - report
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Ford contemplating launch of an even faster Focus RS - report

The latest-generaiton Ford Focus RS may spawn a new, even faster limited edition variant, if a new report is to be believed. Anonymous sources within Ford Performance have told Autocar that the automaker is drafting up plans to launch a quicker, albeit limited production run, version of the Focus RS. Revealed in stages this year, the latest-generation Focus RS is powered by a 2...


2016 Ford Focus RS pricing and specifications
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2016 Ford Focus RS pricing and specifications

The fearsome Ford Focus RS uber-hatch with its 257kW/440Nm punch will cost just $50,990 plus on-road costs when it arrives in Australia from the middle of 2016, the company today revealed. The sharp price of entry for the headliner of Ford’s LZ Focus range thereby commands a $12,000 premium over the current hero, the 184kW ST...


2016 Ford Focus RS to feature stall recovery system
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2016 Ford Focus RS to feature stall recovery system

The next-generation Ford Focus RS will be sold with a new stall recovery system. In normal circumstances, a stalled engine requires the driver to shift back into neutral, find the key or starter button, and restart the engine, all while suppressing feelings of shame or embarrassment...


2016 Ford Focus RS quicker than Golf R, S3, WRX STI
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2016 Ford Focus RS quicker than Golf R, S3, WRX STI

The 2016 Ford Focus RS will be quicker than the Volkswagen Golf R, Audi S3 and the Subaru WRX STI when it storms into Australian showrooms next year. Revealed in detail in June, Ford today released additional specifications of its forthcoming hot hatch hero, including its blistering 4...


2016 Ford Focus RS to boast 257kW and up to 470Nm
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2016 Ford Focus RS to boast 257kW and up to 470Nm

The all-new 2016 Ford Focus RS has been detailed ahead of its dynamic debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and the numbers do not disappoint. The 2.3-litre EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder engine under the bonnet of the new-generation Focus RS produces a staggering 257kW of power and 440Nm of torque - or a mind-blowing 470Nm on overboost...


2016 Ford Focus RS: AWD, 235kW-plus hot hatch in detail
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2016 Ford Focus RS: AWD, 235kW-plus hot hatch in detail

The Ford Focus RS has switched to all-wheel drive, will produce more than 235kW, feature adjustable dampers, and was developed by a team that included YouTube Gymkhana legend Ken Block. These are some of the first juicy details of the latest version of Ford’s fastest Focus, following earlier leaked images...


2016 Ford Focus RS pictures leaked
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2016 Ford Focus RS pictures leaked

  Pictures of the 2016 Ford Focus RS have leaked onto the internet ahead of the hot-hatch's official unveiling tonight. The images confirm a first-time five-door body style and show a slightly less extroverted approach to the Focus RS's styling after the rally-car-inspired second-generation version that sold locally in limited numbers and for a $59,990 price tag...


Ford Focus RS teased, will be revealed February 4
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Ford Focus RS teased, will be revealed February 4

Ford of Europe has posted a highly edited teaser clip of its soon-to-be-released Ford Focus RS uber-hot-hatch on YouTube. At the end of the video the company confirms that the Focus RS will be unveiled, and hopefully detailed, on February 3 European time...