|When you consider the fervor over the upcoming release of the latest RS from Ford, the only factor that can beat the hype is the actual car itself. With the Focus RS, Ford cut no corners and is drawing new boundaries for what enthusiasts can expect from the blue oval. Most of all, we can thank them for bringing the RS to America. Turns out Americans do love to drive, and the Focus RS is all about driving. The RS speaks for itself with a barking, raspy burble that harkens to its rally heritage. But don’t worry, the RS is not all talk. Thanks to Ford’s innovative Torque Vectoring Rear Drive Module, power distribution is far more adaptable than ever before. This is just the tip of the iceberg, too; the RS boasts 350hp, aggressive lines, braking that inspires confidence, and an adjustable suspension. As the result of more than two years of development headed by Tyrone Johnson, Ford’s vehicle performance manager, it won’t take much time behind the wheel to justify that “RS” badge. So why not get started now?|
— Official description 
Designed as a high-performance model ranging above the Focus ST, the Focus RS utilises all-wheel drive and is powered a turbocharged inline-four engine from the Ford Mustang Ecoboost. The 2017 model replaces the 2009 model as the third iteration of the Focus RS.
The Focus RS is an all-wheel-drive hot hatch powered by a 2.3-litre turbocharged inline-four engine with 350 hp (261 kW) and 350 ft·lb (475 N·m) of torque. It is equipped with a six-speed manual transmission and is able to reach a top speed higher than 170 mph (274 km/h).
The Focus RS features exceptional handling performance due to a highly responsive steering, firm chassis and strong brakes, allowing it to outperform much more powerful cars on technical race tracks. The all-wheel-drive system not only helps it in launching immediately off the line but also makes it possible to regain speed quickly when exiting corners.
The Horizon Edition (abbreviated as Focus '17 HE) in Forza Horizon 3 features a Drift skill boost and various handling upgrades including a race front bumper and a rear wing that push its performance index to the top of A class.
The Horizon Edition not only offers mildly improved handling performance over the standard model but also serves as an ideal base for a handling-focused class S1 build.
The Forza Edition in Forza Motorsport 7 is very similar to the Horizon Edition but features a 40% CR boost and an additional 40% CR boost when driving at Watkins Glen, as well as homologated performance.
Players receive this car as a reward upon unlocking the Elite series of the Breakout Championship.
The Preorder Car is a variant of the Focus RS that could be bought during the Update 19 livestream in the Forzathon Shop. It was available to buy again in the Forzathon Shop on Friday, 14 February 2020.
Requires the Hot Wheels Car Pack
Purchase from the car dealer for 38,000 CR
Performance & Division
Top Speed: 173.5 mph (279.2 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 4.400 secs.
0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 11.200 secs.
60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): 138.1 ft (42.1 m)
100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): 337.2 ft (102.8 m)
60 mph (97 km/h): 1.10 g
120 mph (193 km/h): 1.10 g
Performance & Division
Modern Hot Hatch
Value: ? CR
Tier 5 - Legendary (+200)
Boost: 40% CR / +40% CR at Watkins Glen
Top Speed: 160.5 mph (258.2 km/h)
1/4 Mile: 12.867 secs.
0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 4.436 secs.
0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 11.233 secs.
60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): 158.2 ft (48.2 m)
100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): 363.2 ft (110.7 m)
60 mph (97 km/h): 1.11 g
120 mph (193 km/h): 1.12 g
Offered as a pre-order bonus for pre-ordering Forza Horizon 4
A "Hard-to-Find" vehicle that can not be purchased from the Autoshow
Performance & Car Type
Super Hot Hatch
Value: 59,000 CR
Top Speed: missing data
0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): missing data
0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): missing data
60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): missing data
100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): missing data
60 mph (97 km/h): missing data
120 mph (193 km/h): missing data
|Conversion - Engine|
|1.6L I4 - Turbo Rally, 3.0L V8 - Racing|
|1.6L I4 - Turbo Rally|
3.0L V8 - Racing
|6.2L V8 (415 hp)|
|6.2L V8 (415 hp)|
|Conversion - Drivetrain|
|Conversion - Wide Bodykit|
- A real-life Focus RS '17 was awarded as the ultimate prize for winning the first season of the Forza Racing Championship. This was provided to by the title sponsor, Ford Performance.
- In Forza Motorsport 7, the Focus RS had a glitch that caused its engine sound to produce a very loud high-pitched noise. This has been fixed.
- In Forza Horizon 3, a liveried Focus RS was gifted to all VIP Members.
- In Forza Horizon 4, players may select the Focus RS as their first car.
- In Forza Horizon 4, it uses the engine sound from the Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG in Forza Horizon 3.
- In Forza Street, it is featured as part of the June 2019 Spotlight Event.
- The Forza rendition of the Focus RS incorrectly bears ST badging on its steering wheel.
- Oddly enough, when applying a body kit to the Ford Focus Preorder Car in Forza Horizon 4, the wheels do not adjust to match the body kit.
- ↑ "Forza Horizon 3 - Cars". forzamotorsport.net. Retrieved 09-21-2018.
- ↑ "Forza Racing Championship Season One Announced: Winner Gets a 2017 Focus RS". gtplanet.net. Retrieved 11-13-2019.
- ↑ "Forza 7 - There is a strange engine sound on the track". youtube.com. Retrieved 08-29-2019.