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Mishimoto Welcomes its Newest Pupil of Performance; the Focus RS

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Mishimoto Welcomes its Newest Pupil of Performance; the Focus RS

If you follow our Engineering Blog you have probably seen the exciting array of vehicles that come in and out of the Mishimoto garage for some R&D. The luckiest and most interesting of the bunch get to stay around as our SVP (Special Vehicle Project) cars. This means that upon arrival at our facility, they are evaluated from head to toe for a complete offering of Mishimoto parts from cooling to power products, we want to cover them all. The 2.0 Camaro was the last to be welcomed to our Engineering headquarters, but it wasn?t the new kid on the block for long?


Picking up Mishimoto?s brand-new Focus RS


Picking up Mishimoto?s brand-new Focus RS


Mishimoto?s brand-new Focus RS


Mishimoto?s brand-new Focus RS

The highly-anticipated 2016 Ford Focus RS has arrived at Mishimoto! We wasted no time in making our RS part of the family, and ensuring the world knew who its new owners were.


Welcoming the RS to the Mishi family

Foreign Exchange Student

That?s right, we have a new student fresh off the boat from Germany! Although this particular pupil was born to natives of the United States, it has spent its teenage years studying abroad. It?s time overseas has helped our Focus become more worldly and refined, but as you can see by the color and all around aggressive appearance, it retains its American attitude.


Focus RS showcasing its matching Brembo brakes


Mishimoto?s brand-new Focus RS in Nitrous Blue


The interior of Mishimoto?s brand new Focus RS


Mishimoto?s brand-new Focus RS

Getting Acquainted with the RS

As the most sporty of Ford?s sport compact line, this car is like the big brother of the Focus ST and our Fiesta ST. Where the ST may have a more tame appearance, one look at the RS and the word ?tame? escapes you. The Focus RS is the Mario to the Focus ST?s Luigi. Sure it possesses the family resemblance, but packs a much bigger punch; one of nearly 100 more horsepower to be exact.
If the RS?s most immediate family is the Focus and Fiesta, then its cousin is the EcoBoost Mustang, as the Mustang and our RS share a very similar 2.3L four-cylinder engine. The RS is slated to be one of the All-Stars of the Ford performance family if the rumors of 350 horsepower are true. Speaking of which, we wasted no time in putting our newest addition to the test.

[video=youtube;45K5FQpwMIA]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45K5FQpwMIA&feature=youtu.be[/video]

Not quite the dyno performance that Ford was boasting but no slouch either. Our runs revealed that the Focus came in at 252 horsepower and just over 283 torque. We certainly see potential in the RS as an excellent foundation to build on.


Focus RS Baseline Dyno Chart

Similarities aside, the RS is bringing something new to the table in the sport compact world, and that is an all-wheel drive setup that can send up to 70% of its power to the rear wheels. Affectionately referred to as ?drift mode? it?s one awesome feature we just had to test for ourselves, check it out:

[video=youtube;0TipfGgMGqI]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TipfGgMGqI[/video]

Coming Up

We have big plans for this little car, but we want to hear what you think! Let us know what you think of our new RS and what features you would like a closer look at. We are looking forward to tackling an entire line of products for this monster, so stay tuned!

Thanks for reading!
-Sara
 

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