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2016 Ford Focus RS starting at $46,969 in Canada

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Ford has announced that the new 2016 Focus RS will go on sale in Canada next spring at a base price of $46,969. 

For that kind of money, buyers will get a compact rocket that sprints from 0-100 km/h in just 4.7 seconds and reaches a top speed of 265 km/h on the track. That’s the result of an all-aluminum 2.3L EcoBoost engine derived from the Ford Mustang, producing 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque.

It’s the fastest-accelerating RS model yet, and one of 12 new performance vehicles the Blue Oval will bring to customers globally through 2020 as part of a new era of Ford performance.

The all-new 2016 Focus RS marks the third generation – following models launched in 2002 and 2009. It debuts Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring for outstanding traction and grip with dynamic agility and cornering speed. Meanwhile, the new launch control technology configures the car’s chassis and powertrain systems to deliver the fastest possible acceleration in various track conditions. The driver simply selects launch control from the cluster menu, engages first gear, applies full throttle, and releases the clutch. Boom!

You can also select from four different drive modes that configure the all-wheel-drive system, damper controls, electronic stability control, steering and engine responses, and exhaust sound. They are Normal, Sport, Track, and a special drift mode to help you achieve controlled oversteer drifts at the track.

“The all-new Focus RS will bring the legendary nameplate to a new generation of global customers for the first time,” said Dave Pericak, director of Ford Performance. “Focus RS delivers stunning performance and innovative technology at a price that will make both enthusiast consumers and premium automakers look twice.”