Ford’s most extreme hot hatch till now, the Focus RS, has been improved for 2018 with a major mechanical update. The car, in fact, is now available with a mechanical limited-slip differential (LSD) for more traction and better track handling.
Like the earlier car, the Focus RS gets beefed up exteriors, unique interior bits and a bright blue paint with black exterior details.
The mechanical LSD for the front axle limits the engine torque delivered to a wheel that has reduced traction on the road surface, and redistributes torque to the wheel with more traction to counteract the wheel spin that can hamper acceleration.
By controlling the torque delivered to each front wheel, the LSD allows drivers to exploit all of the 350bhp delivered by the car’s 2.3-litre four-cylinder turbo motor. The Focus RS also comes with an all-wheel drive which can send a maximum of 70 per cent of the torque to the rear axle depending on the conditions.
Additionally, the Focus RS gets torque vectoring which uses electronically-controlled clutch packs on the rear axle to send up to 100 per cent of the available torque to either rear wheel, and can switch drive from one side to the other in as little as 0.06sec.
Ford has revealed that the new Focus RS is now on sale with prices starting from £35,795 (Rs 31.19 lakhs) in the UK. It competes against cars like the Mercedes A45 AMG and the Honda Civic Type R.