Ford Focus vs Chevy Corvette. It’s going to take a while for comparisons like this to seem real. But the details that Ford continues to release about the 2016 Ford Focus RS keep upping the credibility of the much-anticipated Ford hatchback.
2016 Ford Focus RS Official Performance Specs
This week, Ford announced that the new Focus RS will have output of 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque with its 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. Those figures are better than the anticipated 325 horsepower, and even better than a previously leaked amount of 345 horsepower. Basically, Ford is doing a great job of getting people excited about this ride. And best of all, we will actually get it here in the states. The full-on version that we want. In the states. Yesssssss.
As for the comparison to the Corvette above, it is a bit qualified. The Focus RS could take on a generation 5 Corvette, as Chevrolet bumped up the horsepower to 350 in 2001. And now, almost 15 years later, a Ford compact can achieve the same figures – and probably beat this early 2000s Corvette.
2016 Ford Focus RS vs The Competition
The more natural competition for the Focus RS will be cars like the Subaru WRX STi and Volkswagen Golf R. The Subaru packs output of 305 horsepower and the Golf R can boast 292 horsepower – both well below the newly advertised 350 horsepower on the Focus RS. But the fun doesn’t end there.
The top speed that Ford is putting out there is 165 mph and the car can go from 0-60 in 4.7 seconds. As for non-highway activities, the 2016 Focus RS will be equipped with a DRIFT MODE button, which will appeal to the masses that like to take their hatchbacks on closed courses these days (or not so closed courses). And for the novice manual driver, the car will offer an anti-stall feature where it will start back up after being stalled when the clutch is pressed in.
2016 Ford Focus ST Official Pricing
As if everything else wasn’t good enough, the pricing of the 2016 Ford Focus RS will be more than competitive for what it will provide. The starting MSRP, according to Ford, will be $35,730, placing it squarely in the same range as the aforementioned competitors.
So yes, we finally get the hatchback of our dreams here in the U.S., instead of slobbering over what other countries get to experience. The revolution away from the traditional sports car is showing no signs of slowing down, and the 2016 Focus RS will do more than its part to keep that momentum going. Who needs a Corvette, anyway?