24 February 2009

First Focus RS allocation sold

All the first allocation of the new Ford Focus RS to Ireland have already been sold, Ford of Ireland boss Eddie Murphy said today. He was speaking at the European launch of the car in Nice, France. Twelve copies were allocated in advance of the car's launch, but further units are in the pipeline.


The car is the latest iteration of the legendary RS specification from the blue oval brand, and will debut to the public at the Geneva Motor Show next week.

The new car is powered by a turbocharged Duratec RS 2.5-litre engine with peak power of 305PS (300 bhp) at 6,500 rpm and peak torque of 440Nm between 2,300 and 4,500 rpm. The previous Focus RS, launched six years ago, had peak power of 215PS.

“This new Focus RS will be welcomed by a committed following of car enthusiasts in Ireland,” said Eddie Murphy. "Our Focus brand will benefit hugely from the addition of this stunning new RS model”.

The new Focus RS is capable of 0-100km/h 5.9 seconds. It offers a fuel consumption of 9.4 litres per 100km and an average CO2 rating of 225 grams per kilometre.

It will arrive in Ireland from mid-April with a price tag of €43,565.