After 6 years of the Focus RS Mk2, Ford releases the Mk3 or the 2016 Ford Focus RS. RS or Rallye Sport is their variant badge that derives from the rallying scene that Ford racing was a part of. Some iconic vehicles like the RS200 that was sold in the open market, just so that Ford could go racing with it after homologation have been worthy bearers of the RS badge. The Ford Escort (the first Ford launched in India, way back in 1998 if I remember correctly), also had the last great RS variant before Ford shifted the moniker to the Focus. Based on the current Focus hatchback which has 3 engine options - 1.6L - 123 Bhp, a 2.0L - 168 BHP and a 2.0 ST - 247 BHp, the new Focus RS makes over 300 BHP from a 2.3 Liter EcoBoost engine. 316 as rumored. The Focus RS brings AWD or All-Wheel-Drive, which involves 2 clutches, one to split the power between the front and rear, and a second one to split it between each tyre. This vehicle has been tuned under the influence of Ken Block, the crazy Gymkhana video guy The engine shares the fundamental design of the Ford Mustang EcoBoost, which translates to roughly 430 Nm of torque. Which is a lot! Power is controlled via a 6-Speed Manual only, and loads of other RS bits that are exclusive to the RS. Ford is committed to launching 12 performance variants by 2020, and this is one in a string of such vehicles. What the RS does offer is every day practicality with 4 doors and seating for 5 + a usable boot. Pretty similar to a Subaru WRX STi, only this is more mental with additional power. The vehicle rides on 19 inch low profile tires. Only gripe would be recent reports that the 2.3L EcoBoost engine suffers power drop if you feed it 87 Octane. (around 11%). On 93 Octane fuel it's at full chat and full power. Wondering if Ford have attended to this in the RS. The vehicle comes with 4 different modes of driving - Normal - Sport - Track - Drift. Yep, there's a Drift mode as well!! Pricing should be sub 30,000 GBP or under 30 Lakhs INR to target the current market vehicles like the Honda Civic Type R we previewed here - News - 2015 Honda Civic Type R - 310 PS, 400Nm Turbo VTEC 2.0 | RAID101 This poses a serious threat to the current AWD champ, the Subaru WRX, but more so, it brings back that made RS series that made it unique. I hope they bring it to the ME!