2018 The Focus RS Heritage Edition is Here to Bid Farewell to the Current Generation
The current-generation Ford Focus RS has enjoyed an eventful life since it was unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. But like all good things, the Focus RS’s time in the sun is about to end. Weep not, though, dear friends, because Ford is giving the hot hatch the proper swan song with the release of the Focus RS Heritage Edition. Limited to just 50 units, the Focus RS Heritage doesn’t dabble in the subtleties. It’s got enough goodies and equipment to make even hardened hot hatch fans tremble in excitement. And, if that little tease isn’t enough to persuade you, maybe the hatch’s bright orange exterior will do the trick.
In January of this year, Ford began taking orders for the right-hand-drive versions of the 2016 Ford Mustang from customers in the U.K. Customers have a choice between the fastback and convertible versions. Available engines include the 2.3-liter, turbocharged Ecoboost that is good for 312 PS (312 horsepower,) or the 5.0-liter, V-8 that pushes 416 PS (410 horsepower.) The same engines are available in the U.S. but offer 310 horsepower and 435 horsepower, respectively. The 3.7-liter V-6 has yet to be offered on the European models, and only two transmissions are offered – the six-speed automatic with paddle controls or a six-speed manual.
European customers seem to have good taste; 80 percent of those who have ordered a Mustang have opted for the fastback body style. Furthermore, 70 percent have opted for the 5.0-liter, and 55 percent have chosen the six-speed manual transmission. Colorwise, Race Red (or as I like to call it “Pull Me Over Red”) is the No.1 choice, followed by Magnetic Silver and Shadow Black. Deep Impact Blue pulls 4th place in color selection, with Tripple yellow coming in last. More than 75 percent of purchasers have opted for Ebony Black interior. A Custom Pack is also offered on the Mustang, which has been ordered by more than 50 percent of customers so far. It includes navigation, heated and cooled seats, alloy wheels and a 12-speaker, Shaker Pro audio system. Four-cylinder models start out at £29,995, while V-8 models start off at £33,995. Both include a Thatcham Category One alarm system as standard equipment.
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It seems Europeans get all of the automotive fun, right? Well, Ford is about to reinforce that belief by unveiling the Mountune package for the already insane Focus ST.
This Mountune program does its power-boosting deeds by way of a handful of new components, including: a cast-allot inlet duct for easier breathing; high-flow sports air filter; larger intercooler for less heat soak on extended drives; and recalibration of the electronic systems. Buyers can opt to have the inlet duct and intercooler in silver or powder coated in black.
As it sits, the UK-spec Focus ST packs a mean wallop at 250 PS (246 horsepower) 360 Nm (265 pound-feet) of torque straight off the showroom floor, but Ford’s Mountune program jumps it to an incredible 275 PS (271 horsepower) and 400 Nm (295 pound-feet) of torque.
The power bump drops the Focus ST’s 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) time from 6.5 to under 6 seconds. Additionally, the 31 to 62 mph acceleration time drops to just 4.9 seconds — a 0.8-second improvement.
The upgrade only takes about 90 minutes to install on the Focus ST and comes in at £1,225 ($1,852) for the silver components or £1,275 ($1,928) for the powder coated black components. This means a total investment of between £23,200 ($35,080) and £26,770 ($40,480), depending on the level of Focus ST and the Mountune kit chosen.
Unfortunately, there is no mention of this kit ever making it to the U.S. We can hope, right?
The Ford Focus ST has quickly become one of our favorite hot hatchbacks on the market today, as the U.S.-spec model pumps out a monstrous 252 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, and gets this hatchback to 60 mph in just 6.2 seconds. The UK-spec Focus ST is slightly detuned – wow, we actually got the upper hand in performance for once – as it has 250 PS (246 horsepower) and 360 Nm (265 pound-feet) of torque, which gets it to 62 mph in 6.5 seconds and gives it a 154 mph top speed.
Apparently, the UK thinks so highly of Ford’s newest version of the Focus that it has been approved by the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) for use by UK police officers. While Ford does not go into many specifics about what’s under the hood, we assume by the lack of information that this Police Patrol Vehicle pumps out the same 250 PS and 360 Nm of torque, which will give it a huge upper hand on most of the cars roaming the streets of the UK.
Inside, the Ford Focus ST PPV is a mobile data terminal, which allows the police to activate the various functions of the car and likely acts as the in-car computer system for checking up on bad guys. Atop the Focus’s compact body sits the obligatory blue-and-white light bar boasting long-lasting LED technology. The body of the demonstrator car that Ford is dragging around the UK is draped in white with your typical police livery.
Local police forces can pick up the Focus ST PPV for £21,995 ($35,156 at the current exchange rates) in hatchback form or for £23,095 ($36,915) for the estate (wagon) model.
Click past the jump to read Ford’s press release.
Using the words “Ford Granada” and “Cool” in the same sentence, with exception to the 1991 Granada Cosworth, is sort of an oxymoron, as there was never anything cool about it. The Mark II Granada was a compact sedan that peaked out at a lackluster 160 horsepower and bottomed out at a sub-Geo-Metro 54 horsepower. That said, there are ways to make just about any car cool, so what in the world could a few guys from the U.K. do to make this econo-box even remotely cool?
The answer to that question is easy: rip out the stock engine, get to hacking up the body a little bit, and drop 1,700-horsepower worth of engine into it. Yup, somehow these fine monstercar builders got their hands on a Koenigsegg CCX 4.7-liter V-8 with twin turbochargers and dropped it into this circa-2,800-pound body.
In addition to dropping in nearly 2,000 ponies, the group of automotive mad scientists installed a 2003/4 Ford Mustang Cobra rear independent suspension, which appears to include the rear axle assembly. This beast comes to a halt using a set of big and nasty Porsche disc brakes.
Needless to say, this is freaking bad-ass and we cannot put it any other way without getting too graphic. The only bad thing is that they did not release any official performance specs on this supercar-powered granny car, except that its only limitation in horsepower is how much boost they push into it. Without any boost, the engine cranks out 550 to 600 horsepower, at 14.7 psi it crests 1,000 ponies and at 34.8 psi, it crests 2,000 horsepower.
Regardless of its final output, just the install itself is impressive. The builders also posted a video (above) of it running, for those non-believers out there.
So it is official, Ford has gone absolutely crazy with the EcoBoost trend, but it’s a good crazy, as the EcoBoost both lowers emissions and sharply increases fuel economy. The latest engine to spool its way into the EcoBoost lineup is the all-new 1.0-liter inline three-cylinder version. When most people think of a 1.0-liter three-banger, they tend to picture the early-1990s Metro with its concrete massaging 49 horsepower zipping it to 60 mph sometime in the next century, while driving downhill.
Fortunately, this isn’t your Metro’s three-cylinder engine. This boosted three-banger will pump out a respectable 98 horsepower on the base level and an even more impressive 125 horsepower on the top-level engine, the latter exceeding the current 1.6-liter’s output by 5 horsepower.
FEV, the leading developer for this engine, also claims that both versions of the engine will twist out 125 pound-feet of torque, which is 13 more pound-feet than the 1.6-liter engine and it saves 20 pounds worth of weight compared to the 1.6-liter.
The press release makes it a little unclear as to whether or not this new EcoBoost will be offered in the U.S., but given the fact that it mentions the 1.6-liter in a Focus, and it being offered in the C-Max and B-Max, we can assume that it will start off in the U.K., as the B-Max and C-Max are U.K. models, and the Focus only comes with the 1.6-liter in the U.K. . Granted, the C-Max is coming to the U.S., but as a hybrid model only.
With the power output of this engine, you can expect to see it making its way over here soon. The likely host for it would be the Ford Fiesta, as it is more accepted with a smaller engine. Focus buyers would generally not accept a 1.0-liter-powered model.
We will continue to keep an eye on this and let you know if Ford makes mention of it coming to the U.S. or not.
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The Zetec S is back, baby!
At least some of us are happy about it while the rest of the population can only kick the sand in envy.
The 2012 Ford Focus Zetec ST is the sportiest version of the Focus short of the ST model. Fans of the Focus in the UK will once again get the treat of dibs as the hot hatchback is being primed for a UK release.
The Focus Zetec S will come with numerous styling cues, including a new sports styling kit, a new sports suspension set-up, LED taillights, and a new set of 17" alloy wheels. Inside, the added goodies for the Focus Zetec S include aluminium-style sports pedals and a starter button.
Under the hood, the Focus Zetec S will feature a 1.6-liter EcoBoost turbo-charged engine that produces an output of 180 horsepower with a 0-62 mph time of 7.9 seconds and a top speed of 138 mph. Despite its numbers, the Focus Zetec S is capable of only emitting just 139 grams of CO2 per Km.
Other than the 1.6-liter EcoBoost turbocharged engine, the Focus Zetec S will also have a 1.6-liter Ti-VCT engine that produces 125 horsepower and a 2.0-liter TDCi that has an output of 163 horsepower.
Then there are the optional items that are being offered for the Focus Zetec S, which reads like a list of things you’d want to have on your car. There’s the Driver Assistance Pack, cruise control with Active Speed Limiter, heated front seats, a power driver seat and power rear windows, to name a few.
So, are you interested in the Focus Zetec S? If you are, you should know that it costs £18,745, which is around $29,300 based on current exchange rates.
This latest special edition from Ford doesn’t exactly serve as a worthy alternative for a Nissan GT-R, but the company has graced it with the GTR name nonetheless. The special edition Ford Fiesta GTR was created by Ford dealer Steve Chamber and will be limited to only 250 units. If you are a UK resident, the car can be yours for £249 per month.
The new Fiesta GTR will be distinguished by a sportier look featuring an impressive White paintwork and a gloss black roof, a new set of 17" Rimstock black alloys, a lower front bumper, side sills, and a roof spoiler. On the interior, there will be a sticker on the dash and door sills that will indicate the number of your car.
Despite its aggressive look, the Fiesta GTR is based on the entry level version of the Fiesta, meaning customers will only be receiving a model powered by a 1.25-liter petrol engine that delivers a total of 59 HP. This is enough power to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in 16.9 seconds, while delivering 51.4mpg. A far cry from the 3.8L V6 engine producing 485 hp and 434 pound-feet of torque found in the Nissan GTR.
Ford first launched the special edition Fiesta S1600 in 2010, but only one year later, they’ve come back with a revised version of the same model. In 2011, the Ford Fiesta S1600 will return with a more powerful engine, but will be limited to only 500 units. On the British market, the S1600 is priced at £15,895, or $25,600 at the current exchange rates.
In 2010, the Fiesta S1600 was powered by a 1.6-liter, 120 HP Duratec Ti-VCT petrol engine, but for 2011, that output has been raised to a total of 134 HP at 6,700rpm and 160Nm of torque at 4,250rpm. As a result, the 0 to 60 mph sprint is made in just 8.2 seconds – an improvement of 1.7 seconds.
The front of the S1600 will be distinguished by a unique bumper with a flared lower valence panel while the sides and rear of the car will get extended side skirts, a large rear spoiler, and a rear diffuser. The Fiesta will be rounded off with 17in white alloy wheels. The model will be painted in Frozen White or Performance Blue with contrasting motorsport stripes.
While everyone is waiting for the new Focus ST to go on sale, Ford has unveiled the special edition Sport on the UK market. It will be offered in two engine versions, and prices will be £16,545 for the 1.6-liter petrol and £17,845 for the 1.6-liter TDCi.
The new Focus Sport will be distinguished by satellite navigation with European mapping, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, voice control, parking distance sensors, 16-in ST-style alloy wheels, auto headlamps, rain-sensing wipers and self-dimming rear-view mirror. It will be offered in six exterior colors, while the interior will get Titanium seat fabric "New York Ebony".
"We wanted to create a stylish and practical package which represented outstanding value for money, and the Focus Sport delivers that. This is a vehicle that should appeal to our retail and fleet customers alike, and will continue to be offered alongside all-new Focus through 2011."
Press release after the jump.
Ford UK has launched a new special edition Mondeo Sport that will go on sale this month at a price of £18,795 for the petrol version and £19,495 for the diesel. The new Mondeo Sport will be limited to only 3,000 units and will go on sale on September 1st for a limited time. If you’re interested, you should probably get on board and be quick about it.
The standard equipment list will include a satellite navigation system covering Europe, automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, and a self-dimming rear view mirror. Further features include 17-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, and a solar reflect windscreen. Exterior body colors include Frozen White, Panther Black, Sea Grey, and Moondust Silver.
The Ford Mondeo Sport can come equipped with either a 1.8-liter 125PS diesel or 2.0 145PS petrol engines.
The Ford Mondeo Sport will go on sale in five-door and estate body styles.
Press release after the jump.
Ford has taken a big first step for the future of car shopping. Experts say now that Ford has developed online shopping, other companies will soon follow suit.
Fifty dealers in the United Kingdom will begin selling new and used cars on the Internet from June 29, even if it means they can’t take the vehicle for a test drive.
Every Ford model, including the Ka, Focus, Mondeo, and the Galaxy will be available and customers will be able to purchase their cars over email. Buyers can contact a new call-center to make an order. It’ll be like calling for a pizza.
Online shoppers will even be able to haggle for a price just like they do at an actual dealership.
The new car will be delivered by FordOnline.co.uk to one of 12 delivery centers where customers will be able to see the car in the flesh for the first time. They will get a chance to inspect it, look at it, and sign the final document.
Good news for car shoppers in the United Kingdom; Ford is planning to reduce the list prices for all medium and small cars across the range. At the same time, the company will also cut dealer discounts.
Nigel Sharp, managing director of Ford in the UK, said that the combination of inflated prices and large dealer discounts was causing confusion for customers. He claimed that Ford wanted to make the whole process of buying car just a bit easier.
The Ford Fiesta is going to be around £9995 in Studio spec. That low price will help Ford’s bestseller compete with the Volkswagen Polo and the Vauxhall Corsa.
At one time the Fiesta was around £11,645, but dealers were usually able to cut that price by £1,500 with some haggling.
The Focus, Ka, and Kuga will also get the same kind of reductions, with average price cuts of around 11 percent. Ford had already done these types of reductions earlier this year to the Mondeo, Galaxy, and the S-Max.
Sharp also said that the next generation Focus and C-Max will be more about value, stating that the two vehicles will “represent better value than the old list price".
The Ford Focus RS is getting ready for its swan song in the UK and it sure as heck is going out in a blaze of glory with the limited edition Focus RS that will celebrate the model’s end of production with World Rally Championship-style 19" wheels. The new set of wheels, which will be designed with white finished alloys, will be made available for the last few buyers of the Focus RS with an optional set package of £500 - somewhere around $750 in terms of Benjamins.
The Focus RS has been such a hot ticket in that part of the world that, according to David Calder, Ford of Britain’s product manager, the entire Focus RS allocation for the UK is close to being wiped due to the astronomical demand for the car.
"Thanks in a large part to this Focus RS continuing the proud tradition of combining high-performance with practicality and affordability," he said. "We expect demand to be high for these last cars and we’re giving customers the chance to personalize them with this exclusive option."
The Ford Focus RS is powered by a 2.5L 20 V DOHC RS engine mated to a six-speed Ford RS transmission. It develops 300 hp and 440 NM (325 lb-ft.) of torque. The Focus RS can sprint from 0-62mph in 5.9 seconds and can hit a top speed of 163mph.
So if you’re looking at making a Ford Focus RS purchase in that part of the world, you may want to hurry up before all the stocks go kapoot.
A new hatchback will be rocking its sporty side soon as Ford revealed a new special edition Fiesta, based on the Zetec-S model, for the UK market (of course). The new Fiesta S1600 will be limited to only 650 units and will be priced at £16,665.
The Fiesta S1600 will be distinguished by a number of motorsport details including a unique front bumper with flared lower valence panel, extended side skirts, large rear spoiler and rear diffuser, finished with 17" white alloy wheels (16-in on diesel models). This special edition will be painted in Frozen White or Performance Blue, with contrasting motorsport stripes.
On the interior, the Fiesta will get heated, stitched leather sports seats with standard side-airbags, leather steering wheel, handbrake cover, and gearknob, plus Motorsport-branded floor mats and scuff plates.
The Ford Fiesta S1600 will be offered with a 1.6-litre, 120PS Duratec Ti-VCT petrol engine, or improved 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi engine with 95PS. Ford has also announced that their tuning partner, Mountune, will be adding an exquisite engine upgrade package although details have yet to be revealed on that option.
Press release after the jump.
There are plenty of cars from around the world that never go on sale here in the U.S. market, one of them is the shapely Euro only Ford Mondeo. While the Mondeo was previously a true world car, being sold around the globe, the full size family car hasn’t been sold in America for almost a decade. Aside from missing out on the attractive styling of the fourth generation Mondeo, we are also missing out on Ford U.K.’s latest economical offer. The Ford Mondeo Titanium ECOnetic is a next generation turbo diesel powered family sedan that offers outstanding fuel mileage at a very affordable price, not to mention a few stylish options.
The ECOnetic part of the Mondeo’s nameplate comes from the car’s 2.0 Liter TDCi power plant that produces a maximum output of 115 HP that with the help of an optimal gear indicator helps the turbo diesel Mondeo to get an estimated average of 54.3 MPG. These numbers alone would be impressive for any vehicle, but when you consider that the new Mondeo ECOnetic is available with a set of stylish lightweight 16 or 17 inch rims, a lowered suspension as well as an optimized aero package complete with air deflectors and a rear spoiler all aimed at reducing fuel mileage robbing parasitic loss from heavy spinning items and aerodynamic drag that acts like a parachute pulling the car back from its intended direction of travel. In addition to all the items that make the ECOnetic Mondeo so great, the price trumps tem all; starting at only £23,295 for the space saving five door model and £24,545 for the estate.
Press release after the jump.
In celebration of Ford’s newfound success with the compact Fiesta hatchback in Europe, moving over 100,000 models in its first year of production, the blue oval is adding another version of the fun to drive city car to the Fiesta’s lineup. In addition to the well appointed Studio, Edge, ECOnetic, Zetec, Titanium and Zetec S models; Ford is also making the diminutive Fiesta available as a Titanium Individual model.
The new top of the line Fiesta Titanium Individual will be made available in six different exterior colors and a very special red leather appointment for the interior. The Fiesta Titanium Individual rides on a set of stylish 16 inch seven spoke alloy wheels that take the Fiesta’s exterior to sporty new heights. Including all of the amenities of the Titanium model like Bluetooth wireless connectivity and a USB port for MP3 players and other devices, the Individual model offers all of the lavishness of the high end hatchback at a saving of about £100. Marketing Director for Ford of Britain, Mark Simpson said that "we have sold more than 100,000 Fiestas in its first year and we know our customers like to personalise their Fiestas. The new line up with the fabulous Individual special edition will help them achieve this." Now if they could only start selling them in the U.S. as well.
Press release after the jump.
Ford UK has put on sale starting today the new Fiesta Van. On sale from £9,025, the new Fiesta will be offered in three different versions: Fiesta Van, the new "Trend" and "SportVan".
Under the hood there is a choice of two engines: 1.25-litre 82PS Duratec 16 valve petrol unit and a frugal 1.4-litre 68PS Duratorq TDCi turbo diesel. The top-of-the-range 1.6-litre 90PS Duratorq TDCi turbo diesel is standard in the Fiesta SportVan. The closed-loop coated cDPF is optional on the 1.6-litre 90PS Duratorq TDCi turbo diesel on all series.
New Fiesta Van is equipped with the acclaimed Ford EasyFuel capless refuelling system which is clean and easy to use and also has a mis-fuel inhibitor that prevents the wrong fuel filler nozzle being inserted. This feature is a major benefit to commercial customers, particularly for mixed fleets and vehicles that are used by multiple drivers.
Press release after the jump.
Ford U.K. announced today pricing for the all-new 2009 Ka that will go on sale in January. Pricing starts at £7,995 for the Studio (basic) version, £8,495 for the Style, £8,995 for the Style+, and £9,495 for the Zetec model. This translates into a price range of about $10,000 to $12,000 at current exchange rates, but there is no word yet on the price range when/if the Ka makes it to the States.
All-new Ka is available with 1.2 69 hp gas and 1.3 75 hp diesel engines at its debut. There are future plans to expand range to include a convertible and a high performance ST model.
Press release after the jump.
Ford UK revealed today the sporty Zetec S. The car is now on sale at Uk dealers and is priced £750 above the equivalent Zetec derivative.
The Ford Focus Zetec S is available in three-door and five-door versions and is offered with the same wide choice of engines as the existing Focus Zetec with the addition of a 1.6 Ti-VCT 115PS petrol unit. Other available engines are the 1.8 125PS and 2.0 145PS petrol units and the diesel 1.8 TDCi 115 PS, 2.0 TDCi 136PS, and 2.0 TDCi 136PS with diesel particulate filter (DPF) which can also be specified with Ford’s acclaimed six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission.
Where the extra money goes for in the Zetec S comes with front and rear spoilers with lower sill extensions, 17" alloy wheels and aluminum-style foot pedals and hand brake cover.
Press release after the jump.
Ford added today a new performance package for the Focus ST. The Mountune Performance package will retail at £1,120 and consists of a larger intercooler, a high-flow air filter and revised engine calibration. Together, this lifts power output from Ford’s potent 2.5-litre Duratec ST engine from 225PS to 260PS at 5,500rpm and from 320Nm to 400Nm at 2,500rpm.
The upgrade reduces the 0-60mph sprint by 0.6sec to 5.9sec, and the 0-100mph time by 1.9sec to 14.1sec.
Pres release after the jump.
The appeal of the exciting Ford Fiesta line-up continues to expand with the debut of a new sporty, feature-packed special edition – the Zetec S Red. Just 400 new Zetec S Red special editions, representing 10 per cent of all Zetec S models, will be available, priced at £13,000.
The "Red" edition follows the success of the popular radian yellow "Anniversary" and lime green "Celebration" models which sold out within weeks of their launch last year. Ford Fiesta has been in the top three best-selling vehicles in Britain every month this year with 42,895 models sold up to the end of May - almost 20 per cent of the British small car market.
With the zesty yet thrifty1.6-litre, 100PS petrol engine, Zetec S Red features Colorado red paintwork with chequered flag roof decal. Dark privacy glass on the rear windows and panther black features: door mirrors, door handles, bodyside mouldings, roof spoiler and tailgate handle, all add to the stylish look. Also standard are Quickclear® heated front windscreen, ebony leather seats, 16in alloy wheels, air conditioning and heated electrically-operated door mirrors.
The multi-award winning Ford Mondeo is set to extend its premium sporty appeal with the introduction of a new flagship - the Titanium X Sport. Visually exciting, packed with standard equipment and powered by new premium diesel or five-cylinder petrol engines, the new Titanium X Sport is the most desirable Mondeo yet.
Created in response to the recent surge in retail demand for top end versions of Mondeo, the new Titanium X Sport combines superb dynamics with premium luxury and a sportier new look.
Available in five-door hatchback and estate body styles, Titanium X Sport models are designed to stand out from the crowd. Aggressively styled 18in alloys fill the wheel arches while twin chromed exhaust tailpipes and body-coloured side skirts complete the picture.
The interior is also themed with sporty red stitching on the leather/alcantara seats, leather steering wheel and gear shift lever. Aluminium trim detailing is replaced with stylish piano black inlays. Customers can choose from two powerful and efficient powertrains. Existing five-cylinder 220PS 2.5-litre turbocharged petrol, or the new diesel, which is expected to account for the majority of sales.