Ford Australia will bring the most advanced, highly equipped and freshly styled Ford Focus to Australian customers in late 2018. The new German-made Ford Focus will bring the latest safety, technology and European sophistication to more Australians looking for a dynamic, practical passenger car.

“We already enjoy highly-sophisticated and praised Fords from Europe, which include the current Focus ST and Focus RS models – now, our state of the art plant in Germany will be the single-source for the entire Focus range,” said Ford Australia CEO and President, Graeme Whickman.

ALL-NEW FORD FOCUS: SMART, SOPHISTICATED, SETTING THE STANDARD
The first vehicle to be built on Ford’s clean-sheet C2 global platform, the new Ford Focus sports a sophisticated new chassis with advanced driving technologies with the goal of providing an energetic, engaging and rewarding fun-to-drive experience with increased powertrain and cabin refinement.

The all-new Ford Focus continues the tradition of being a groundbreaking, standard setting vehicle in terms of safety, technology and value for money by offering a host of advanced features in an stylish package.

Focus will have Autonomous Emergency Braking with Night-time Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection as standard across the range. This technology is designed to detect people in or near the road ahead, or who may cross the vehicle’s path. The system automatically applies the brakes if it detects a potential collision and the driver does not respond to warnings; is now also designed to detect cyclists and functions in the dark using light from the headlamps.

Focus will also come standard with a Rear wide-view camera, offering a near-180 degree view to the vehicle’s rear for improved visibility when reversing from parking spaces or driveways.

Focus also introduces optional features previously only seen on high-end offerings, such as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) now enhanced with Stop & Go for effortlessly negotiating stop-start traffic.

ACC with Stop & Go helps the Focus maintain a comfortable driving distance from vehicles ahead and adjusts the vehicle speed using information from the on-board navigation system or as it senses changes in traffic conditions. ACC works at speeds up to 200km/h.

The new optional Stop & Go feature is designed to bring the vehicle to a complete halt when it detects stopped traffic using up to 50 per cent of total braking force, and automatically pull away if the stopping duration is less than three seconds. For stopping durations greater than this, the driver can push a steering wheel button or gently apply the accelerator to pull away.

Additional optional DAT designed to help Focus drivers avoid accidents and distraction include:

  • Evasive Steering Assist, designed to detect slower-moving and stationary vehicles ahead using radar and camera and provides steering support to enable drivers to manoeuvre around a vehicle if it detects that a collision is imminent. Operates at city and motorway speeds.
  • Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert, designed to warn drivers reversing out of a parking space of vehicles detected that may soon be crossing behind them and can for the first time now apply the brakes to avoid or mitigate the effects of collisions if drivers do not respond to warnings

BODY AND SOUL: UNDER THE SKIN OF THE NEW FOCUS 
The Ford Focus will offer a choice of fuel efficient and advanced engines, as well as a new quick-shifting eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission.

Two engines will be the core of the Focus range; an entry-level 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine and a new 1.5-litre EcoBoost. The EcoBoost 1.5-litre is a turbocharged three-cylinder that develops high torque at low rpm for greater drivability, with advanced construction for improved efficiency. A combination of port fuel injection and direct fuel injection helps deliver high power and responsiveness alongside enhanced fuel-efficiency, with a particular increase in fuel-efficiency under light engine loads. This is further enhanced by Ford’s industry-first cylinder deactivation application for a three-cylinder powerplant.

Mated to this engine is an intelligent eight-speed torque-convertor automatic transmission. This quick shifting and intuitive transmission features Adaptive Shift Scheduling (ASS). ASS identifies hard cornering, uphill and downhill gradients and adjusts the gearshifts accordingly, resulting in a more stable, engaging and refined driving experience.

NEW-GEN FOCUS: Manufactured in Europe
The all-new Ford Focus is manufactured using industry-first processes at Ford’s Saarlouis assembly facility, Germany – delivering best-ever Focus quality and craftsmanship.

A new 6,000 metre2 hot-forming facility enables ultra-high-strength, lightweight boron steel components to be manufactured on-site, and is the first hot-forming production line in the industry to feature fully automated unloading for optimised efficiency.

Forty-metre furnaces use gas and magnetic induction to heat boron steel plates to 930 degrees C, making them pliable enough to be moulded by 1,250 tonne presses. The water-cooled plates are then precisely cut into their final shape inside special cells each containing a laser that slices through the boron steel with a 3,000 degrees C beam.

An advanced new form and pierce process improves fit and finish of the entire Focus front end by using cameras to measure the optimal location for the position of mounting holes, within tolerances of 0.1 millimetres. To ensure ultimate precision, a second camera system monitors the position of the apparatus and can adjust to tolerances of 0.1 millimetres to account for expansion and contraction in changing temperatures. The process enables mounting holes to be positioned with 0.5 millimetre accuracy.

The first Ford-application of a new laser-welding technology operates with greater speed, flexibility and efficiency, and is capable of delivering wobble-welded seams for more strength. Also introduced is advanced tri-focal laser-brazing – the fastest at Ford with an operating speed of 60 millimetres per second – for cleaner, stronger and more precise joints between roof and body side.

“Innovation in every area has helped us create an all-new Focus with unprecedented craftsmanship and delivering an unparalleled driving and occupant experience,” said Joe Bakaj, vice president, Product Development, Ford of Europe. “The all-new Focus is the fulfilment of the Focus promise and as of today, sets the benchmark for others to follow. I am immensely proud of the team that has helped deliver what I believe is the best car we have ever made.”

More detailed specification will be announced closer to the Ford Focus’s Australian launch.

  • The new clean-sheet, German-made Ford Focus range will launch in Australia in late 2018 with advanced technology and a fresh new look for one of the world’s best-selling nameplates
  • Standard Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection and Lane Keeping Aid will be joined by an advanced suite of available Driver Assist Technology, including optional Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go capability
  • Focus will offer two new-generation three-cylinder powerplants including a brand-new 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine, and a new eight-speed torque-convertor automatic to deliver improvements in efficiency, drivability and lower running costs
  • Focus benefits from state-of-the-art technology, with sophisticated cutting-edge manufacturing techniques and construction enabling improvements in fit, finish and overall quality

The Ford Focus RS Limited Edition has been confirmed for the Australian market in what will be one of the most capable, complete hyper hatches ever offered to performance customers locally. The upgrades for the RS Limited Edition are a direct result of customer feedback since the current Focus RS’s launch.

A batch of 500 Focus RS Limited Editions will begin arriving in November 2017, enabled by the strong appetite for the performance hyper hatch since its July 2016 launch. Confirmation of the upgraded version of the Focus RS comes following a raft of media accolades both globally and locally, the most recent coming this week with the RS crowned MOTOR magazine’s 2017 Bang for Your Bucks Champion.

“Ford’s performance models are an important part of our line-up, and we’re excited to offer Australians an even more capable version of the Focus RS, which has struck a chord with driving enthusiasts across the country,” said Ford President and CEO Graeme Whickman. “The RS Limited Edition is a result of enthusiast customer feedback which helped us create the hottest RS yet with 500 units confirmed for Australia,” added Whickman.

The Ford Focus RS Limited Edition package

The Focus RS Limited Edition adds the following benefits above the Focus RS:

  • Quaife limited-slip front differential
  • Performance Wheel Pack including 19-inch forged alloy wheels with 253/35R19 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres 
  • Active City Stop (Autonomous Emergency Braking)
  • Recaro shell seats with exclusive Nitrous Blue leather application
  • Nitrous prestige paint
  • Rear hatch-mounted spoiler, mirror caps and roof finished in Absolute Black
  • Privacy glass
  • MLP of $56,990

Quaife Limited-Slip Differential

Every Focus RS Limited Edition is equipped with a Limited-Slip Differential (LSD) as standard to improve the RS’s already highly-praised traction and cornering capabilities. Ford Performance has worked with Quaife, a renowned UK-based engineering outfit, to produce a helical mechanical LSD for the RS’s front axle. Unlike a conventional plate-style limited-slip differential, the Quaife differential relies on gears rather than clutches for its operation. This produces smoother operation and means it will not lock harshly, as it automatically biases the torque away from the spinning wheel, across the axle to a constantly varying degree.

“Our new limited-edition Focus RS represents accessible performance at its finest,” said Jamal Hameedi, Ford Performance Chief Engineer. “Improving on the thrilling driving dynamics of the Focus RS is no small task – but our Ford Performance engineers have delivered a drivetrain capable of wringing every drop of performance from the engine,” added Hameedi.

The Quaife differential will be teamed with the Performance Wheel Pack that brings forged alloy wheels, which is a $3,500 option on the regular Focus RS. This includes Michelin Pilot Cup Sport 2 tyres, which are fitted to ultra-high performance models such as the Ferrari 458 Speciale.

In the Driver’s Seat: RS Limited Edition 

Exclusive Recaro shell-seats are standard in the RS Limited Edition, and include a unique Nitrous Blue detail to match the exterior paintwork. In addition, SYNC 3 including voice-activated sat-nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Autoi is standard, with a class-leading 8.0-inch full-colour touchscreen. There is not a single option available to add on the fully-equipped Focus RS Limited Edition, reflecting its hard-core enthusiast raison d'être.

Outside Chance: Limited Edition’s subtle details

The Focus RS Limited Edition is built on the fit-for-purpose no frills mantra of Ford Performance during the vehicle’s development, with minor aesthetic changes designed to maximize the road presence and technical advances of its aerodynamic package. Denoted by a gloss-black roof, mirror caps and rear spoiler, the RS Limited Edition’s visual changes provide sutble cues that the RS Limted Edition is the ultimate example of a contemporary hyper hatch.

Complementing the standard 19-inch forged alloy wheels and stickier rubber, the RS Limited Edition’s black detailing contrasts its Nitrous paintwork to deliver an intelligent package that can more than match its visual promise.

The Focus RS: a hard act to follow

The RS Limited Edition builds on the success of the Focus RS, which arrived in July 2016 after rave reviews from media around the globe. That formula sees the RS Limited Edition continue with the 257kW 2.3-litre EcoBoost powerplant, six-speed manual transmission and Ford Performance AWD.

The sophisticated AWD system enables Dynamic Torque Vectoring, which means that the Focus RS can split its torque not only front-to-rear, but also side-to-side for unprecedented road-holding. The current RS was also the first to offer selectable drive modes that alter steering, engine and exhaust settings, as well as adjustable dampers and Launch Control.

The Ford Focus RS Limited Edition will be offered for a MLP of $56,990 with Australian deliveries commencing in November 2017.

The new-look Clio R.S. – drawing on Renault Sport’s wealth of knowledge and expertise – has arrived in Renault showrooms across Australia.

“The Renault Sport badge has a long and successful history here in Australia,” said Renault Australia’s Managing Director, Justin Hocevar. “Australia consistently appears in the top five for global Renault Sport sales and we expect this to continue with this new-look model.
“One of the exciting new features is the innovative chequered flag-shaped R.S. VISION lighting system, exclusive to Renault Sport vehicles. This highly-efficient lighting signature enhances night-time visibility, by co-ordinating the fog lights, cornering lights and side lights as well as the long-range headlights.

“Of course, the Clio R.S. benefits from Renault’s five year unlimited kilometre warranty and Capped Price Servicing, providing our customers with outstanding value and peace of mind.” Hocevar said.

The new-look Clio R.S. stays true to its sporty heritage, with the same energetic and efficient drivetrain featuring a 1.6 litre turbo charged petrol engine delivering 147kW and 260Nm of torque, mated to a six-speed EDC dual-clutch automatic transmission. It also features steering column-mounted paddle shifts with Multi-Downshift function (unique to the Light segment). 

There’s the choice of two chassis; Sport and Cup. Each chassis is tuned differently to ensure customers have the option to tailor their driving experience. The versatile and everyday Sport sits on 17 inch alloy wheels, while the Cup, with 18 inch alloy wheels, provides the perfect blend of road and circuit driving characteristics for the more enthusiastic driver.

Of course, the new-look Clio R.S. keeps the unique Renault Sport features including Launch Control, R.S. Drive (enabling a choice of Normal, Sport and Race modes) and the R.S. Monitor (available with the factory-fitted Entertainment Pack).

Clio R.S. also features hydraulic compression bump stops – developed for rallying by Renault Sport – which unlike classic stops, enable the energy return to be absorbed at the end of the shock absorber stroke, usually reserved for competition vehicles. As such, the driver benefits from an improvement to the potential of the front axle, better handling on compromised road surfaces and increased overall comfort. Anti-roll stiffness of the rear axle is doubled compared to a mid-range vehicle, which increases body support and effectiveness. 

The Clio R.S. has large diameter brakes (320mm) designed specifically for intensive use, reduced brake pedal travel and stable braking distribution.

At the front, the new-look Clio R.S. is visually broader by virtue of a redesigned front bumper. The new multi-faceted LED lighting signature called R.S. Vision – initially seen on the Clio R.S. 16 concept car – provides a distinctive look and outstanding lighting performance. R.S. VISION has three power intensities as well as three different functionalities: fog/cornering lights, high beam and low beam.

At the rear there’s a spoiler, functional diffuser and twin exhaust. The rear lights carry over the C-shaped lighting signature. The R.S. badge appears with the Renault ‘diamond’ at the front of the vehicle, on the wheels and at the rear.

Other new features over the outgoing Clio R.S. include front fog lights, front parking sensors, automatic engine stop/start, climate control air-conditioning, Tyre Pressure Warning system, LED cabin lights, digital radio as well as a factory-fitted option of Android Auto phone mirroring (see Entertainment Pack below).

There are a number of factory-fitted option packs for the new-look Clio R.S.:

  • Black Pack: F1-inspired black blade on front bumper, black boot lid and black Renault Sport badge, black rear diffuser, black trim inserts on side door protection and black 17 inch alloy wheels (Sport only, Cup has black alloys)
  • Leather Pack: dark leather upholstery with red highlights and R.S. badge on front headrest, heated front seats and height adjustable passenger seat
  • Entertainment Pack: R-LINK navigation and multimedia system with voice control, Android Auto phone mirroring, R.S. Monitor, BOSE® premium sound system (four speakers, two dashboard tweeters, bass box and amplifier) and R-Sound

Manufacturer’s List Price*

Clio R.S. Sport $30,990
Clio R.S. Cup $32,490

*Excludes dealer delivery and statutory charges

Factory-fitted Options (recommended retail price)

Metallic paint $550
Signature metallic paint $750
Black Pack $500
Leather Pack $1,500
Entertainment Pack $1,500

 

ŠKODA Australia brings its Octavia RS range to full throttle with the RS 230. The most powerful production Octavia to date, the RS 230 embellishes the already highly-praised Octavia RS with a stronger engine, unique styling, and the latest comfort and technology offerings from ŠKODA.

The RS is ŠKODA Australia’s best-selling Octavia, comprising 40 per cent of all Octavia sales. Recent comparison tests have seen the wagon variant smash its immediate competitor four sets to nil. ŠKODA Australia Managing Director Michael Irmer said that this limited edition had been obtained with a view to rewarding enthusiasts.

“The RS 230 has more power, a stronger spread of torque and – of course – a slick six-speed manual,” Irmer said. “We have obtained 70 in both sedan and wagon form so far, but are looking to secure more. Consider this also a preview of future editions of the Octavia RS.”

The RS 230 – so designated for its horsepower – packs a 169kW 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder engine, enabling a 0-100km/h time of 6.7 seconds. This power is underlined by advanced driver controls: The RS 230 is the first ŠKODA to be fitted with electronically controlled front axle inter-wheel lock (VAQ). VAQ allows the driver to direct 100 per cent of the power to one front wheel, providing the vehicle with more traction and grip to exit a corner. This in combination with electromechanical, progressive power steering produces an effortlessly agile ride.

Drivers can also customise their vehicle’s handling characteristics at the push of a button with standard Driving Mode Selection in the RS 230. The four driving modes (Normal, Sport, Eco and Individual) each optimise features to their corresponding driving styles.

The RS 230’s styling speaks to its ferocity on the road. Glossy black design elements give the vehicle a fierce and striking look, including the 19” Xtreme alloy wheels, rear spoiler, door mirrors, front grille and exhaust tailpipe. The black exhaust tailpipe and the rear spoiler are exclusive to the Octavia RS 230, as is a lap timer function in the car’s colour multifunction display.

The interiors match the car’s sporty exteriors: the RS 230 features black leather-appointed sports seats with red stitching, a 3-spoke multifunctional steering wheel encased in perforated leather with red stitching and a bespoke RS plaque, RS inscriptions in the door sill strips, and stainless steel foot pedals with rubber inserts to prevent slipping when performing complex driving manoeuvres. The RS 230’s distinctive design elements set it apart as a truly special limited edition model for the fans.

Yet, the RS 230 does not sacrifice comfort and practicality in the pursuit of performance. Its sport seats are electrically adjustable with memory function, which allows drivers to store their favoured seating positions in their car’s memory and return to those positions at the press of a button. The seats are also specially designed with great lateral support to maximise the ergonomic comfort of the occupant. The RS 230 also comes standard with Adaptive Cruise Control, Dual-Zone Climatronic Air Conditioning and an 8” touchscreen Columbus infotainment unit with satellite navigation and Smartlink (Apple CarPlay & Android Auto) connectivity.

In addition, an optional Tech Pack offers drivers the opportunity to furbish their RS 230s with advanced driver assistance systems: Automatic Parking Assist, Lane Assist and keyless entry and start. The Tech Pack will also delight music lovers with the Premium German Canton sound system, which features 10 loudspeakers and a digital equaliser. Priced at an all-inclusive $1,700 (RRP), the Tech Pack saves 40 per cent in the total value of its individual components and represents a strong value equation.

ŠKODA Australia is offering the highly exclusive limited-edition Octavia RS 230 manual as a sedan from $41,490 (RRP) and as a wagon from $43,190 (RRP). With these two variants available to fit all lifestyles, plus bespoke styling, upgraded tech and a powerful 169kw engine, the Octavia RS 230 is a car designed to delight any motoring enthusiast.

Customers can rest assured with their investment in a ŠKODA vehicle. ŠKODA Australia offers options of three- or five-year Care Packs, Service Packs, extended factory warranty and ŠKODA Choice, which guarantees the future value of your vehicle. Almost half of ŠKODA finance buyers year-to-date have opted for ŠKODA Choice – a testament to the value, security and peace of mind offered by the program.

The hugely anticipated 2016 Ford Focus RS brings Ford’s most advanced and capable performance hatch to Australian customers. With more power, as well as a driver-focussed Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive, the RS brings scintillating performance and technical innovation at a lower Manufacturer’s List Price than its predecessor.

“The all-new Focus RS is a very serious machine with high-performance technology and innovative engineering that sets a new benchmark for driving exhilaration,” said Raj Nair, group vice president, Global Product Development, Ford Motor Company. “The RS line has a proud history of technical breakthroughs that have gone on to benefit all Ford customers, and the new Focus RS is no exception.”

The all-new Focus RS is the 30th car to wear the legendary RS “Rallye Sport” badge, reserved for Ford models that have pioneered performance technologies. Focus RS follows in the footsteps of Ford models including the 16-valve 1970 Escort RS1600, turbocharged Sierra RS Cosworth of 1985, and four-wheel-drive 1992 Escort RS Cosworth.

The bold, muscular stance and wind-tunnel tested aerodynamic improvements give the 2016 Ford Focus RS an unmistakable performance posture. With a goal of zero lift front and rear, the RS boasts a uniquely aggressive front bumper, raised rear spoiler and dramatic yet functional rear diffuser. While its exterior’s bold colour palette, 19-inch alloys with Michelin Super Sport tyres and Brembo brakes scream athleticism, the RS badge signifies that its performance story is not merely window dressing.

Thanks to a new Launch Control function – the Focus RS finds itself in the company of premium dedicated sports cars.

This RS has more power than its predecessor, its all-alloy 2.3-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder boasting a twin-scroll turbocharger and a substantial 257kW2. Maximum torque of 440Nm is delivered between 2000 and 4500rpm, with 470Nm available for up to 15 seconds on transient overboost during hard acceleration1.

The EcoBoost engine itself shares its backbone – including block, crankshaft and therefore 2261cc capacity – with the 2016 Ford Mustang EcoBoost. Produced in Valencia, Spain, especially for the Focus RS, it has been significantly reengineered to deliver not only more power and torque, but a sharper acceleration response backed with a cack-and-burble from its larger exhaust system on lift-off for an entertaining drive both on- and off-throttle.

The Focus RS is offered exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission that remains true to the RS goal of the most exhilarating, engaging driver involvement. It continues the RS tradition of using manual transmissions as the ultimate in driving pleasure.

The 2016 Focus RS comes standard with Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive – a Focus first. Ford engineers didn’t stop there. The sophisticated AWD system enabled Dynamic Torque Vectoring, which means that the Focus RS can split its torque not only front-to-rear, but also side-to-side for unprecedented road-holding.

Sport Mode is one of four selectable drive modes – the first RS model to offer such a feature – that maximise the livability and enjoyment of the Focus RS. Each of these modes alters the steering, which has been recalibrated for more linearity, as well as the ESC, engine and exhaust settings.

They also alter the adjustable dampers, another first for the 2016 Focus RS. Normal and Sport are calibrated for road use, with Track and Drift modes for the occasional closed course and racetrack experiences only. The dampers can also be changed independently, with two settings available. The drive modes operate independently of the Launch Control system.

The high-performance character of the RS is reflected inside the car with heavily-bolstered partial-leather Recaro sports seats as the centrepiece of the cockpit. There’s also a flat-bottom steering wheel, while the Focus RS offers technologies new to the RS marque including Ford’s SYNC connectivity system. Simple voice commands such as “Find a race track” enable RS owners to get instant directions to the nearest public circuit.

A flood of orders since full specification of the Focus RS was confirmed at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show has underlined the customer desire for an affordable, exquisitely engineered Focus around the globe. More than 6200 orders were taken in Europe before the launch showing the affection, respect and desirability of Ford’s RS products. The Australian order book followed suit – the first allocation of more than 300 Focus RS’s has quickly been snapped up, with Ford Australia working on further stocks from the Saarlouis, Germany, factory.

Such anticipation comes courtesy of the Focus RS’s already brimming trophy cabinet. Ahead of Australian launch, its most recent accolade is the 2016 Auto Express Hot Hatch of the Year. That comes after awards, among others, from What Car? as a 2016 ‘Game-changer’, Autocar awarding it a maximum 5/5-star rating, while Top Gear announced the Focus RS its 2016 Car of the Year. To top it off, Autocar also named RS Chief Engineer, Tyrone Johnson – who presented the Focus RS to the Australian media in Brisbane – its 2016 Engineer of the Year.

“The Focus RS sees the return of one of our most revered models,” said Graeme Whickman, CEO and President, Ford of Australia. “It builds on our showroom appeal of models including the Focus ST and Fiesta ST, XR Sprint Falcons as well as the hugely popular Mustang.”

The 2016 Ford Focus RS is another example of Ford’s commitment to Australian customers and comes on top of a $2 billion investment in local R&D over the past six years.

Ford Focus RS Model Features

Powertrain:

  • 2.3-litre EcoBoost (exclusive RS high-performance version)
  • Auto-Stop start technology standard
  • Stall Recovery

Mechanical:

  • All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system with launch control
  • Drive modes – including industry-first ‘drift mode’
  • RS tuned driver selectable sport suspension with adjustable dampers

Exterior:

  • 5-door bodystyle
  • Unique RS bodykit/fascia
  • 19-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels
  • Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres
  • Bi-Xenon HID with LED DTRL
  • Keyless entry
  • Thatcham alarm

Interior:

  • Recaro-branded shell seats – Partial leather / Micro-fibre fabric panels
  • SYNC2 with Emergency Assistance
  • High-resolution 8.0-inch high resolution colour touch screen
  • Bluetooth with audio streaming
  • Natural language Voice Control for phone, music, climate and navigation controls
  • Satellite Navigation with ‘One Shot’ destination entry via Voice Control
  • 9-speaker audio
  • USB & RCA inputs
  • Rearview camera
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Push button start
  • Cruise Control with speed limiter

Options 
The following option is available with the LZ Focus RS:

Performance Wheel Pack
The wheels and tyres in this optional pack are designed to improve the Focus RS on track performance while still being suitable for every day road use.

Wheels

  • 19-inch forged alloys
  • High-performance lightweight design
  • Low gloss black colour
  • Enhanced strength & impact resistance
  • Weight saving

Tyres

  • 235/35 R19 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2
  • Enhanced performance in dry and wet track conditions

Exterior Colours

Four exterior colours are available on the Focus RS, with Nitrous* being the feature colour in the Australian market. Other colours are White, Magnetic* and Shadow Black*.

*Prestige paint is an option that incurs and additional charge

Pricing

The Manufacturer List Pricing (MLP) for the LZ Focus RS is:

 

Recommended Manufacturer List Price (incl GST) 2

RS Hatch

 

2.3-litre GTDi Petrol Manual

$50,990

 

Recommended Manufacturer List Price (incl GST) 3

Option

 

Prestige Paint

$450

Performance Wheel Pack

$2500

1 This is the Manufacturer’s List Price for the vehicle only. Prices shown include GST/LCT. A number of other components, including a dealer delivery fee, stamp duty, registration, compulsory third party insurance and other statutory charges may be payable by a customer in relation to the purchase of this vehicle. The final transaction price will be as negotiated by the customer with their chosen Dealer.
2 Power figures measured using premium fuel (95RON).

220 examples of the Clio R.S. 220 EDC Trophy are now available for sale in Australia, priced from a $39,990 recommended retail price. Compared with the Clio R.S. 200 EDC, the new limited edition version features a more powerful engine (15 extra KW, plus up to 40 Nm more torque), a sportier chassis and an enhanced EDC transmission. The limited edition Clio R.S. 220 EDC Trophy is available with a new hero body colour, Frost White matte finish (available exclusively with gloss black roof), and comes with new 18-inch wheels, carbon-look interior trim details and leather sports seats with integrated head rests.

To celebrate the limited edition, named after its 220 horsepower output, just 220 examples of the vehicle will be sold in Australia. Compared with the Clio R.S. 200 EDC, the engine of the limited-edition version has 10% more power and up to an extra 40Nm of torque thanks to new engine mapping, a larger turbo, an intake system designed to minimize back pressure losses and a revised exhaust system to accommodate a Euro6 catalytic converter. Maximum torque is available thanks to a ‘torque boost’ function in fourth and fifth gears.

The vehicle’s EDC transmission has been revised to achieve gear changes that are up to 30% faster, with down changes made more rapid thanks to notably reduced steering wheel paddle travel. There is now greater flexibility in ‘Sport’ mode to combine city and country driving. Stop&Start technology is standard on the limited edition vehicle, marking the first time in Australia Renault has offered this feature in combination with the EDC transmission. The function works to reduce fuel consumption at idle in ‘Normal’ mode but is automatically deactivated in ‘Sport’ and ‘Race’ modes.

The chassis of the limited edition Clio R.S. 220 EDC Trophy has been lowered and stiffened; now sitting 20mm lower at the front and 10mm lower at the rear when unladen. Stiffer dampers have been fitted and are coupled with hydraulic bump stops. A faster rack (with a ratio reduced by 10% from 14.5:1 to 13.2:1) makes steering even more precise and direct. The introduction of the Clio R.S. 220 Trophy brings with it a new (optional) body colour available exclusively on this model, Frost White with a contrasting gloss black roof. The car will also be available in Glacier White, Deep Black, Flame Red and Liquid Yellow.

Other design features that differentiate the limited edition include 18-inch diamond cut Radicale wheels and Trophy badging on the front spoiler, door trims and individually numbered door sills. Inside, the Clio R.S. 220 EDC Trophy features an embossed leather trim steering wheel, heated leather sports seats with integrated head rests and a gear lever base plate and air-vent inserts finished in satin-effect chrome in place of the anodized red offered in the standard Clio R.S. 200 variants.

“The Clio R.S. range has been extremely popular in the Australian market so we’re very pleased to be able to expand the range with this limited edition and offer something special to Australian buyers” says Justin Hocevar, Managing Director of Renault Australia. “The limited edition Clio R.S. 220 EDC Trophy offers buyers an enhanced driving experience and the opportunity to get their hands on something that will no doubt be highly sought-after, with a limited number of just 220 arriving in the country”.

“Renault Sport vehicles have proven to be hugely successful in Australia, the second highest selling market globally for the current Clio R.S. with over 1,400 sold since the late 2013 launch. I am sure that this new limited edition will continue that trend and further boost our sales.”

The new Audi RS 6 Avant performance and the new Audi RS 7 Sportback performance offer more power output than ever before. The 4.0 TFSI now produces 445 kW and maximum torque of 700 Nm. A particular highlight of the engine is an overboost function allowing the driver to temporarily draw on up to 750 Nm.

The two RS high-performance models sprint like supercars from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.7 seconds, an improvement of 0.2 seconds over the respective base RS model. They need just 12.1 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 200 km/h, 1.4 seconds less than the base RS models. With the optional dynamic package, top speed can be increased from 250 to 280 and 305 km/h, respectively. Despite the output boost of 33 kW, the sonorous V8 biturbo power unit consumes just 9.6 and 9.5 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres, respectively. These top figures for power and efficiency are made possible by the technological expertise of Audi and quattro GmbH. Engineering skills and long years of experience with RS high-performance models went into further optimising the 4.0 TFSI, from the specific engine management system with increased rpm and boost pressure to the Audi cylinder on demand (COD) system, which only activates four of the eight cylinders when under part load.

The standard eight-speed tiptronic has been designed for extreme sportiness in both the new RS 6 Avant performance and the new RS 7 Sportback performance. The driver can choose between the modes D and S or change gears manually either by tapping the selector lever or by using the shift paddles on the RS multifunction sport leather steering wheel. In manual mode, a shift indicator in the driver information system or optional head-up display indicates the rev limit.

quattro permanent all-wheel drive delivers the power to the road and flexibly distributes torque as needed via the centre differential. In the standard configuration, 40 percent flows to the front axle and 60 percent to the rear axle. The wheel-selective torque control intervenes as necessary. Audi also equips the quattro drivetrain with an optional sport differential on the rear axle with active torque distribution between the inside and outside wheel. With its dynamic setup, the standard RS adaptive air suspension lowers the body of the RS 6 Avant performance and RS 7 Sportback performance by 20 millimetres. The integrated damping control varies as a function of the road conditions, driving style and the mode chosen in Audi drive select. Audi offers the tauter RS sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) as an alternative. An additional option is dynamic steering with a continuously variable steering ratio.

The driver can adjust the function of key components using Audi drive select, including the steering, engine and sound management, the tiptronic and the optional sport differential. New in the performance models: Similar to the new Audi R8 high-performance sports car, the driver can switch between the modes auto, comfort, dynamic and individual without taking his or her eyes off the road using a special button on the RS multifunction sport leather steering wheel. The new RS performance models come standard with exclusive 21-inch cast aluminium wheels shod with size 285/30 tyres on the RS 6 Avant performance and 275/30 tyres on the RS 7 Sportback performance. The four internally ventilated brake discs have a weight-saving wave design; as an option, Audi offers carbon fibre-ceramic discs. Electronic Stabilisation Control (ESC) has a Sport mode and can be deactivated if need be.

Striking design details reinforce the preeminent position of the two new RS performance models. These include the sportily designed bumpers with large air inlets up front and the heavily profiled diffuser insert at the rear, the gloss black honeycomb grille typical of the RS models and the flared side sills. The RS performance-specific exterior is distinguished by a quattro logo on the air inlet duct and add-on parts in matt titanium look. Audi offers the new exclusive paint finish Ascari blue, metallic as an option.

The sportily elegant interior of the RS 6 Avant performance and RS 7 Sportback performance comes standard with RS sport seats with pronounced side bolsters and integrated head restraints. Audi offers the seats in the color combination black and blue with the optional RS performance design package. This includes new seat upholstery in an Alcantara/leather combination with a honeycomb pattern and matching contrasting stitching on the armrests, control elements and floor mats. Rounding out this interior combination are knee pads in Alcantara and carbon twill blue inlays. This sophisticated and exclusive carbon material is interwoven with a blue thread. The dial instruments feature black faces, white dials and red needles.

The new Audi RS 6 Avant performance and the new Audi RS 7 Sportback performance models will arrive in Australia in second quarter of 2016. Pricing and specification will be announced closer to launch.

Ford is launching the new 2016 Focus RS and is expected to arrive in Ford dealerships from mid-2016, boasting maximum power of 257 kW / 440 Nm1 from its specially tuned 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine, mated to a sophisticated all-wheel drive system. The Focus RS will have a recommended Manufacturers’ List Price (MLP) of $50,9902. Customers will also be able to equip their RS hatches with a special optional 19-inch performance tyre pack at a recommended $2,500 (MLP)3. Prestige paint is a recommended $4503.

“The Focus RS is the latest example of our expanded performance lineup in Australia and showcase of the Ford Performance team’s ambitious spirit that is a halo of our innovation locally and across the company,” according to Ford President and CEO, Graeme Whickman. “It delivers refined power, a high level of technology, advanced Ford Performance all-wheel drive and uncompromised driving dynamics that is true to the spirit of the RS nameplate. Delivering a car like the Focus RS is also the result of the enormous R&D investment the brand puts into its vehicles. In Australia alone, we’re investing more than $300 million in R&D this year, bringing our total R & D investment to almost $2 billion over the past six years.”

The Focus RS is the sixth new performance model in two years will sit as the halo performance hatch above the Fiesta ST and Focus ST and builds on a pedigree of driving excellence dating back to the first Ford RS in 1968. Apart from the Fiesta ST and Focus ST, other Ford performance vehicles include the Falcon XR6, Falcon XR8 and soon-to-arrive Mustang GT. The Focus RS will be pitched into the high-performance hatch segment; with 51 kW more power than the VW Golf R and 36 kW more power than the Subaru WRX STi. As well, the Focus RS is more competitive in price than the Golf R and Renault Megane RS 275 Cup Premium.

Developed by Ford Performance, the Focus RS has a range of cutting-edge Ford technologies and a specifically tuned version of the new 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine. In the Focus RS it develops 257 kW @ 6,000 rpm and 440 Nm between 1,600 and 5,000 rpm.

“We are investing and innovating to take on the world’s best vehicles after pulling our various performance groups into the single Ford Performance global team,” says Jamal Hameedi, global chief engineer, Ford Performance. “We are not limiting ourselves to similarly priced vehicles as we now have the singular focus to go after the best just as we are doing with the Ford GT at LeMans and the Focus RS global launch.

“At the same time, we have to deliver on Ford’s mission to bring innovation to the masses, not just a few. So, the Focus RS is not only the most powerful performance hatch but it’s also the most affordable in Australia.”

All-out performance

EcoBoost is at the forefront of the LZ Focus RS and this fuel-efficient technology is shared with more than 80 per cent of Ford Australia’s product line-up. Visually, the LZ Focus RS has its own unique exterior appearance, which gives the vehicle a more muscular and powerful character. The design has also been optimised around the more extreme functional requirements for the RS, including cooling for the engine and brakes and aerodynamic performance. RS design features include:

  • New front fascia and grille, including optimised inlets for engine and brake cooling
  • New rear fascia with large diffuser element including twin exhaust outlets
  • Optimised front and rear spoilers to deliver balanced aerodynamics, with zero lift front and rear
  • Unique 19-inch multi-spoke RS alloy wheels

The interior has a very distinctive RS character with a host of special sporting features and detailing. The unique RS interior features include:

  • Signature RS-branded Recaro shell seats, with authentic motorsport micro-fibre fabric panels
  • Flat-base sports steering wheel with a soft-feel leather covered rim and RS badging
  • Binnacle gauges displaying turbocharger boost pressure, oil temperature and oil pressure
  • Satin chrome-topped gear lever
  • Alloy foot pedals
  • Distinctive blue RS stitching on the seats, steering wheel, floor mats and interior trim, the coloured graphic on the gear shifter, and RS logo on the seats, steering wheel and door scuff plates
  • SYNC™ 2 offers customers the benefit of a voice control system that enables them to control their phone, navigation, audio and media inputs and climate control by simple intuitive voice commands or via a large 8-inch high-resolution touchscreen

EcoBoost Engine

The new 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine for the all-new Focus RS shares its fundamental structure with the all-aluminium four-cylinder engine in the all-new Ford Mustang. The specially tuned 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine has been engineered specifically for the Focus RS, including a new low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger with larger compressor that delivers significantly greater air flow, along with a much bigger intercooler. Peak turbocharger boost is 23.2 psi. Engine breathing also is enhanced through a less restrictive intake design, and a large-bore high-performance exhaust system with an electronically controlled valve in the tailpipe that helps optimise the balance of back pressure and noise output.

The cylinder head is produced from an upgraded alloy material capable of withstanding higher temperatures, while the cylinder block employs stronger high-tensile cast iron liners. Engine cooling also has been given the highest priority, with engineers creating additional space within the front of the vehicle to house a significantly larger radiator pack – the biggest ever fitted to a Focus – which provides the level of cooling demanded for intense circuit driving. Meticulous calibration work has ensured that the power unit delivers excellent low-end responsiveness with a powerful mid-range pull. In its European state of tune, maximum torque of 440 Nm is delivered between 1,600 and 5,000 rpm, with 470 Nm available for up to 15 seconds on transient overboost.

Inspiring performance demands an inspiring soundtrack. Ford Performance engineers have tuned the RS to deliver a rewarding and sporty sound character during spirited driving, with the distinctive burbles and pops that are a RS signature.

The table below outlines the engine/transmission details:

Focus RS

2.3-litre EcoBoost

Cylinders

4

Transmission

6-speed manual

Maximum Power

257 kW @ 6,000 rpm

Maximum Torque

440 Nm @ 1,600-5,000 rpm

Recommended Fuel

95-98 RON

Fuel Economy

8.1 litres/100km4

CO2

190 g/km4

Tyres

235/35 R19

Kerb weight

1,575 kg

Tare mass

1,543 kg

GVM

2,025 kg

Fuel tank

52.6 litres

Model Features

Powertrain:

  • 2.3-litre EcoBoost (exclusive RS high-performance version)
  • Auto-Stop start technology standard
  • Stall Recovery

Mechanical:

  • All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system with launch control
  • Drive modes – including industry-first ‘drift mode’
  • RS tuned suspension with adjustable dampers

Exterior:

  • 5-door bodystyle
  • Unique RS bodykit / fascia
  • 19-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels
  • Bi-Xenon HID with LED DTRL
  • Keyless entry
  • Thatcham alarm

Interior:

  • Recaro-branded shell seats – Partial leather / Micro-fibre fabric panels
  • SYNC2 with Emergency Assistance
  • High-resolution 8-inch high resolution colour touch screen
  • Bluetooth with audio streaming
  • Natural language Voice Control for phone, music, climate and navigation controls
  • Satellite Navigation with ‘One Shot’ destination entry via Voice Control
  • 9-speaker audio
  • USB & RCA inputs
  • Rearview camera
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Push button start
  • Cruise Control with speed limiter

Options

The following option is available with the LZ Focus RS:

Performance Wheel Pack

The wheels and tyres in this optional pack are designed to improve the Focus RS on track performance while still being suitable for every day road use.

Wheels

  • 19-inch forged alloys
  • High-performance lightweight design
  • Low gloss black colour
  • Enhanced strength & impact resistance
  • Weight saving

Tyres

  • 235/35 R19 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2
  • Enhanced performance in dry and wet track conditions

*Prestige paint is an option that incurs and additional charge

Pricing

The Manufacturer List Pricing (MLP) for the LZ Focus RS is:

 

Recommended Manufacturer List Price (incl GST)*

RS Hatch

 

2.3-litre GTDi Petrol Manual

$50,990

 

Recommended Manufacturer List Price (incl GST)*

Option

 

Prestige Paint

$450

Performance Wheel Pack

$2,500

  1. Power figures measured using premium fuel (95RON).
  2. This is the Manufacturer’s List Price for the vehicle only. Prices shown include GST/LCT. A number of other components, including a dealer delivery fee, stamp duty, registration, compulsory third party insurance and other statutory charges may be payable by a customer in relation to the purchase of this vehicle. The final transaction price will be as negotiated by the customer with their chosen Dealer.
  3. Recommended Manufacturer's List Prices only. Prices shown include GST. The actual selling price for options and accessories (fitted or unfitted) is at the dealers’ discretion.
  4. Note: Figures obtained from controlled tests using ADR 81/02.

The exhilarating Audi RS 3 Sportback will finally land ‚wheels down‘ on Australian shores in October 2015, with a pricetag that is as sharp as its prodigous performance. At just $78,900 MLP, the first-ever RS 3 Sportback to land in Australia will also be the most affordable RS model Audi has ever introduced.

“The new Audi RS 3 Sportback delivers uncompromising performance,” said Andrew Doyle, Managing Director of Audi Australia Pty Ltd.

“With its imposing stance on the road, astonishingly good dynamics and distinctively ‘Audi Sport’ five-cylinder engine, the new RS 3 will undoubtedly make a strong mark on the local hot hatch scene. The sharp pricing and specification we’ve negotiated will ensure that this long-awaited performance model will find the success it deserves in this competitive market,” said Doyle.

The RS 3 Sportback is powered by Audi’s award-winning 2.5 TFSI 5-cylinder engine, developing 270kW and 465Nm. In conjunction with the sporty 7-speed S tronic transmission and special RS-tuned quattro all-wheel drive system, the RS 3 will demolish 100km/h from rest in an incredible 4.3 seconds. Befitting such a high-end performance model, the new RS 3 Sportback arrives with a generous list of standard equipment.

Highlights include:

  • LED headlights with LED daytime running lights and LED tail lights
  • MMI Navigation plus with MMI touch
  • Audi parking system plus: parking assist with rear view camera
  • 19-inch alloy wheels in 5-arm rotor design
  • ‘RS’ specific front and rear bumpers, side sill trims and diffuser insert
  • ‘RS’ tuned sports suspension
  • ‘RS’ sports exhaust system with dual oval tailpipes
  • ‘RS’ sport front seats with electric lumbar support
  • Digital Radio reception (DAB+)
  • Audi Music Interface, Bluetooth interface with music streaming
  • Dual-zone climate control with digital display and rear air vents
  • Leather/Alcantara wrapped multifunction 3-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel with aluminium shift paddles
  • Audi Side Assist
  • Anti-theft alarm
  • Convenience key

Pricing
(Manufacturer List Pricing [MLP] – excludes dealer delivery and government statutory charges)

  • RS 3 Sportback 2.5 TFSI quattro S tronic 270kW - $78,900

The Megane R.S. 275 Trophy-R has become the first production car to set a lap record of the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit with a time of 2:23min and an average speed of 133kph. Infiniti Red Bull Racing new recruit Daniil Kvyat took the helm and steered the Megane R.S. 275 Trophy-R to this impressive time. The ‘Albert Park Challenge driven by Renault’ was held on Thursday 12th March and is a new addition to the 2015 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix schedule. In 2014, the Megane R.S. 275 Trophy-R first took on Germany’s infamous Nürburgring and then Japan’s Suzuka to set new front-wheel-drive production car lap records of these two challenging circuits. Now the Megane R.S. 275 Trophy-R has added a third title to its crown by taking on the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit. Buzzing when he finished the lap, Daniil Kvyat said: “It was a good car, nice to drive. Good suspension and it was a very good feeling. I have driven a Megane R.S. not the Trophy-R before in Moscow once – it’s a very nice car. With the Megane R.S. Trophy-R you can feel it is more sporty, the suspension is more sporty. It is made for proper racing driving. ”

When asked what is takes to set a lap record Kvyat commented: “Good driving helps. You need to put a lap together knowing the track quite well and not making mistakes - this is key for a good lap time. Commenting on the impressive time by the Megane R.S. 275 Trophy-R, Justin Hocevar, Managing Director Renault Australia, said: “It was fantastic to watch the Megane R.S. 275 Trophy-R belting around the Albert Park Circuit and expertly driven by Daniil Kvyat. The Trophy-R represents the best of Renault Sport and it’s exciting for us to be able to demonstrate this in Australia. It is a very apt way for us to celebrate the 20th year of Formula One in Melbourne.” Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO, Andrew Westacott was impressed with the lap time achieved by Kvyat in the road going Megane.

“You could definitely see that young Daniil was pushing hard in the Renault Megane and he produced a very impressive lap time. Let’s just hope the extra miles around the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit don’t give him the edge over Daniel Ricciardo on Sunday!” Westacott said. Only 50 examples of the track-bred Megane R.S. 275 Trophy-R have been allocated to Australia from a global production run of 250 cars, and one of these will be used for the Albert Park Challenge. The Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R comes as standard with the Cup chassis (complete with mechanical limited-slip differential), the 2.0-litre petrol R.S. engine boosted to 275bhp, a titanium Akrapovic exhaust system, ‘Öhlins Road&Track’ one-way adjustable dampers with composite springs and MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres that are specifically-adapted to the car. A Nürburgring Accessory Kit including a lithium-ion battery, steel/aluminium brake discs and six-point harness belts with aviation-style buckles is available in Australia and contributes to Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R’s lighter weight.

This is the first time that a commercially-available production vehicle under or up to 2.0-litres has set a timed lap of the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit.