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Ford Fills in the Performance Blanks on New Focus RS

A clue? It’s quick.

by on Sep.16, 2015

Ford had only promised to deliver "well in excess of 315 hp" when first showing the Focus RS.

Seven months after it first lifted the covers off the new Focus RS, Ford is finally revealing the hot hatch’s performance numbers. And they suggest the high-performance model could get the best of its competition.

Entering a fast-growing segment filled with the likes of the VW Golf R and Subaru WRX STI, the new Ford Focus RS is the Detroit maker’s most aggressive pitch yet to the hip, young performance fans who often influence more mainstream buyers. And it highlights the launch of an all-new Ford Performance division late last year.

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“The all-new Focus RS will bring the legendary nameplate to a new generation of global customers for `the first time,” including those in the U.S., said Dave Pericak, director of Ford Performance. “Focus RS delivers stunning performance and innovative technology at a price that will make both enthusiast consumers and premium automakers look twice.”


Ford Bringing New Focus RS to US for 1st Time

Performance hatchback will adopt new AWD system with dynamic torque vectoring.

by on Feb.03, 2015

The new Ford Focus RS will make "in excess of" 315 hp, possibly quite in excess.

Ford will be giving compact performance fans a new option, the maker today rolling out an all-new version of its hot hatch Focus RS – and confirming will come to the U.S. market for the first time.

Part of an ambitious plan to significantly expand its presence in the performance market, the new RS will be one of the fastest and best-handling models in the Ford line-up, company officials promised during a preview staged in both Cologne, Germany and at Ford headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan.

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“The RS is the next extension of our plan to bring out 12 (performance) vehicles,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s President of the Americas, from the suburban Detroit end of the unveiling.


With Launch of New Legacy, Subaru Sets its Sights Higher

But as it goes more mainstream, maker faces new challenges.

by on May.19, 2014

The 2015 Subaru Legacy making its NY Auto Show debut in April.

When it comes to the road less traveled, Subaru has usually gone its own way, a strategy that has long paid off for the little Japanese maker – and the only manufacturer to continuously grow its sales in the U.S. during even the depths of the industry’s worst recession in decades.

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Now, with the launch of an all-new Legacy topping off an unprecedented product blitz, Subaru is hoping to do it again this year. But as it grows ever larger, some are asking whether the very nature of the company may change, creating new challenges for Subaru going forward.

“When the industry hit the recession, Subaru took off,” boasted Jeff Walters, the maker’s U.S. sales manager, during a weekend media drive of the new Legacy.


Photos of 2015 Subaru WRX STI Leaked

High-performance sedan continues WRX legacy.

by on Jan.09, 2014

The 2015 Subaru WRX STI keeps the ever-present rear spoiler, but there will be no five-door available.

Every now and then it happens. In fact, it happened just a couple of months ago with the 2015 Ford Mustang: a leak.

Not of fluids, but of photos. In this case, the 2015 Subaru WRX STI, which was supposed to make its world debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week.

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However, several photos leaked out ahead of time courtesy of the Mexican website, Terra Autos, so now everyone gets a look at the new iteration ahead of time. (more…)

Subaru Unveils “Ultimate” WRX STI Along With New Impreza Sedan, Hatch

Little maker makes big news at Tokyo Motor Show.

by on Dec.01, 2011

You'll need a big suitcase to bring the "ultimate" Subaru WRX STI S206 back from Japan.

While it’s understandable that most visitors to the Subaru stand at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show might focus their attention on the long-awaited BRZ sports car they’d certainly be making a mistake.

The little Japanese maker is making plenty of other big news – including the launch of the Impreza WRX STI S206 and two all-new versions of the mainstream Impreza line-up.

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The “ultimate” STI, sadly, will be offered in only limited numbers in the home market, but you can expect to see the next-generation Impreza G4 and Sport models in the very near future in most major markets.


AWD or Stability Control: Which Is More Important?

Stability control may be the most important auto safety technology in a generation, but there's still a place for AWD.

by on Dec.16, 2010

Subaru's WRX STi puts its power to all four wheels.

The day after this week’s blizzard, a co-worker asked if I had driven my all-wheel-drive Subaru or the 2011 Buick Regal I happened to be testing.

AWD traction would seem to be a big advantage, and considering that I have a 55-mile commute, I’ll take all the advantages I can get.

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But the Subaru is a 10-year-old warrior, so, while it does have anti-lock brakes, it doesn’t have the latest safety devices such as traction control or stability control. So, even thought the Regal puts power down through its front wheels only, I’ll take the modern car in most circumstances over the older one, even if it is driving all four wheels.

Traction control and stability control are that important. In the old days, you wanted a limited-slip differential to keep the wheel with the least amount of traction from spinning. But traction control effectively replaces the limited slip, in many respects. By selectively braking the wheel with the least traction, the wheel that can get the best bite gets some of the power.