Ford has a long history with hot hatches, the fast, rally-ready compacts that have been extremely popular in Europe and other parts of the world. Due to regulations and cost, Ford has kept its best hot hatches from US consumers. But not anymore. Ford's latest super hot hatch, the Focus RS, will make the trip across the pond complete with all the goodies like Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control, Performance All-Wheel Drive, a special 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine (315+ hp), aero body kit, 19-inch wheels with special Michelin tires, unique RS interior and exterior mods, and lots more. This isn't your regular Focus compact. And if you haven't figured it out, the Focus RS won't be inexpensive due to all the goodies and outstanding performance. Yes there are hi-po cars that will beat the new RS at a drag strip (but it should hold its own), but throw in some curves and you'd want the RS. In fact, the new RS was developed with input from professional rally driver Ken Block (see video after the jump). “The all-new Focus RS is a serious machine with high-performance technology and innovative engineering that sets a new benchmark for driving exhilaration on the road and track,” said Raj Nair, group vice president, Global Product Development, Ford Motor Company. “The RS line ... is a great example of our passion for innovation through performance, and creating vehicles that make people’s hearts pound.” The new Focus RS should be arriving soon (from Germany where all RS models are built) in your choice of Frozen White, Absolute Black, Stealth Gray, and the new Nitrous Blue (not shown) that is a four-coat metallic paint exclusive to the RS. (What no Rosso Red.) For more info, check out the press release and video after the jump.
Source: Ford - Press release after the "read more" jump.
Source: Ram - Press release, pics, and two videos after the "read more" jump.
Source: Honda - Press release after the "read more" jump.
Ford auctioned off the first Shelby GT350 R Mustang at the recent Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction for $1,000,000 to benefit JDRF (a Diabetes research organization). For more info regarding the auction, check out the second press release.
Source: Ford - Press releases, pics, and videos after the "read more" jump.
Source: FCA - Extensive press releases, pics and videos after the "read more" jump.