Thoughts on the new 2016 Ford Focus RS

2016 Ford Focus RS
Ford has been catching my eye over the past few years. A couple years ago I bought a 2005 Dodge SRT-4 as a daily driver, and have always admired the Focus ST’s daily driver to performance ratio. I always told myself I’d

buy a four to five year old ST when it comes time to say goodbye to the SRT-4.

The beautiful 2015 Volkswagen Golf R

Then Volkswagen releases the 2015 Golf R. It has awesome specs, has standard top notch VW interior, and a perfect exterior to top it off. Ever since I laid eyes on the 2015 Golf R, I have loved it’s exterior design.

The new 2016 Ford Focus RS wins the hearts of many

Now a 2016 Ford Focus RS is leaked. This may not be a surprise for those of you from Europe, but the leak claims the Focus RS is to be released in North America! Ford wasn’t about to let that be the only surprise, they desired the hearts of everyone who wants a daily driver with good performance. The 2016 Ford Focus RS will come with 320 horsepower, all-wheel-drive, and a six speed manual transmission. WHAT?!!!

Ford has been listening

Ford, are you serious? It’s like you’ve been writing down all the jalopnik comments we’ve written all these years. The specs for the new 2016 Ford Focus RS are everything that the daily driving performance hot hatch person could ever want. The specs are so good that they even make my cheap ass want to buy one. So without further ado, here are my thoughts on the new 2016 Ford Focus RS.

What I love about the new 2016 Ford Focus RS

I’ll just start by saying I love pretty much everything about the 2016 Ford Focus RS, but here are some things I love the most.

320 horsepower. Yes, this is a big deal. Many of the other manufacturers have kept their hot hatches in the high 200 hp range. Ford believed they could produce a more powerful engine in this category, and they delivered.

What use is 320 hp if you can’t get it to the ground? Ford did a great job with the Focus ST front wheel drive system, but this AWD takes the Focus RS to the next level. This is amazing news for not only handling and performance junkies, but also everyone living in the snow covered states. Add to the drive terrain a six speed manual transmission and Ford has given us ultimate control over the Focus RS.

The body style of the 2016 Ford Focus RS is just right. It conforms to the typical hot hatch body style. There are slight body lines that go across the entire car at the door handle level. At the bottom of the doors there are more body lines that are sucked in, and compliment the side skirts. The wide body wheel wells seemed to be tamed down a little, which I like.

It also keeps a majority of the Ford “shark mouth” design. There is one part I talk about later in this post, that black piece of plastic in the middle. Many comments on jalopnik are similar to my opinion, in that it should be gone or made smaller. The front bumper design also has almost a two mouth design, which is different from the single arch design. Some have coined it the “catfish mouth”.

I love the headlights. They aren’t too small or too long. The new brake cooling air ducts add great functionality to the large brembo brakes. The dual exhaust pipes look large and placed evenly across the rear bumper. I have never been a fan of the weirdly shaped single center exhaust pipe on the Focus ST, so this is great. The diffusing rear bumper and front bumper splitter are also functional yet small.

What I don’t like about the new 2016 Ford Focus RS

Here are a few things that I don’t like about the 2016 Focus RS though.

The wheels on the new 2016 Ford Focus RS

First off, the stock wheels. This is my opinion, but I’ve never fancied any wheels that have a lot of “spokes”. I don’t mind the Focus ST wheels, except for the little V on each spoke. I don’t hate the new Focus RS wheels, but I feel like they could have come up with something better.

The grill on the new 2016 Ford Focus RS

The front of the new 2016 Ford Focus RS still has me confused. I love that they made it bigger so that the intercooler can bring in more air, but the large piece of plastic in the middle turns me off a bit. It probably wouldn’t look bad if you opted for a black paint job, which would be a top choice for me anyways.

The rear wing on the new 2016 Ford Focus RS

Yes, I’m that type of person that doesn’t like wings unless they are actually needed to create downforce. I believe the Focus RS rear wing is mostly for function, so it gets a pass there, but it feels like it could be just a little smaller. This is definitely something I could deal with, as it’s not at the obnoxious size yet.

The infamous Focus tail lights

Ford, I can’t be the only one that has mentioned how they could care less about the tail lights. More specifically, the skinny part that reaches towards the back doors. Can’t you just make the tail lights come straight down, or perhaps round them out a bit more? They seem to grab too much attention and need to be more subtle.

Overall, many of the things I dislike about the 2016 Ford Focus RS are picky and slighted to my taste. It is a great car and I’d certainly consider buying one if I was in the market for a new vehicle. Perhaps this will be the car to replace the SRT-4 in my driveway three years from now.