The world's most anticipated hot-hatch of the year has finally made its official debut, with Ford today releasing the official details of its new Focus RS.

2009 Ford Focus RS 220kW

The all-important performance figures stand at 220kW - compared to 166kW for the XR5 - and peak torque of 410Nm from its 5-cylinder turbocharged engine.

Early performance testing conducted by Ford place the acceleration to 100km/h at less than 6.0 seconds.

2009 Ford Focus RS 220kW

Unfortunately, previous reports were accurate with the RS model featuring front-wheel drive rather than the popularly speculated all-paw configuration - albeit with the addition of a Quaife Automatic Torque Biasing limited-slip differential.

In addition to this, Ford has also developed a unique front suspension setup, an innovative ‘RevoKnuckle’ system is designed to reduce unwanted steering disturbance and torque steer - apparently eliminating the need for AWD according to Jost Capito, Ford Europe’s Director for Performance Vehicles.

2009 Ford Focus RS 220kW

“Our work has shown clearly that our approach in combining a tuned RevoKnuckle with the Quaife differential is an ideal solution for a high performance front-wheel-drive road car like Focus RS”, said Jost Capito.
“As you would expect, we gave all-wheel-drive careful consideration, but by combining and tuning these elements and learning from Ford’s expertise in industry-leading handling, we have managed to eliminate the weight of AWD from the car and still have been able to target a class-leading balance of traction, handling and performance. The result is a lightweight set-up, that will deliver the right blend of traction and razor sharp controllability” Capito concluded.

2009 Ford Focus RS 220kW

The Focus RS also features a host of handling and suspension upgrades including a 40mm wider track, lengthened driveshaft, revised springs and dampers, a thicker, longer rear anti-roll bar, retuned steering system and Ford’s ESP system featuring a custom calibration designed specifically for the RS.

The exterior treatment truly speaks for itself - hardly what you would call a subtle sports hatch, making its debut in a flamboyant hyper green finish with contrasting gloss black highlights to the front bumper, grille, side inserts and high-mount rear spoiler.

2009 Ford Focus RS 220kW

The cabin of the RS also receives a sports makeover with two tone Recaro race bucket seats, carbon-look centre console and brushed aluminium accents.

The new Focus RS will go on sale in Europe in early 2009, with Australian sales likely to come shortly after - possibly under the FPV nameplate.

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Source: CarScoop