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Ford begins production of 2016 Focus RS

by Drew Johnson

The Ford Focus RS is on its way to dealer showrooms.

Ford has officially kicked off production of its hotly anticipated Focus RS performance hatchback.

Ford announced on Friday that the first example of its latest Focus RS has rolled off the assembly line at its factory in Saarlouis, Germany. Previously off-limits to U.S. buyers, the 2016 Focus RS will finally land in dealer showrooms on this side of the pond starting this spring.

The Focus RS promises to be on serious performance machine thanks to a turbocharged 2.3L four-cylinder engine tuned to produce 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. Sending that power to all-four tires via a performance all-wheel drive system, Ford says the Focus RS can scoot from 0-60 in just 4.7 seconds.

The Focus RS is just one of three performance on tap for Ford in 2016. Later this year the Blue Oval will also launch the F-150 Raptor and the GT supercar.

Pricing for the 2016 Ford Focus RS will start from $35,730, which doesn't include an $875 destination charge.

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