Posted by Jim Martin 04 February 2015
2015 Focus RS launch in pictures: Mk3 has the most on-board tech of any performance Ford to date
Smartphones, tablets and other gadgets might be our bread and butter here at Tech Advisor, but technology is everywhere these days. Since I can't resist the lure of a new performance car, yesterday I headed over to Cologne for the unveiling of the new Focus RS.
The full details and specs of the mk3 Focus RS will be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show, but the highlights are enough to get car enthusiasts around the globe excited.
Chief among them is the new all-wheel-drive system which is a first for the Focus, and the 2.3 litre EcoBoost engine will have "well in excess of" 318bhp. If that weren't enough to get petrolheads salivating, the new RS also has improved torque vectoring compared to the mk3 Focus launched back in 2011. That should add up to some mighty fine handling and grip.
Inside the cabin is a redesigned layout which is simpler and far less confusing to use. Tech-wise, Ford Sync 2 lets you control audio, navigation, climate control and certain functions on your smartphone either using voice commands or the 8in touchscreen. A reversing camera is an optional extra along with parking sensors. See also: Ford Sync in the 2013 Fiesta
As well as the new Nitrous Blue signature colour here, you'll be able to choose from Stealth Grey, Absolute Black and Frozen White. No Ultimate Green here.
Ford enlisted the help of Ken Block to help develop the prototype, and he was only too happy to demonstrate the new RS's capabilities in Cologne:
Chris Barrie - better known as Rimmer from Red Dwarf - also helped to introduce the world to the latest RS. Here he is with Ken:
The new face may not be to everyone's liking.
The diffuser isn't just for show, and neither are the grilles next to the fog lights above.
Photos don't really do the Nitrous Blue paint justice: it's lighter than it appears.
Here's how Sync 2 looks on the 8in touchscreen (it's the standard Focus, but the system is the same):
Finally, some more photos: