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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Yes, the 2016 Ford Focus RS Really Has a Drift Mode


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Ford Focus RS photo

The 2016 Ford Focus RS has had everyone drooling since it was first revealed in Cologne, Germany, with none other than Ken Block at the wheel. It went a long way toward proving that the car was going to be fun to drive, but now there’s even more reason to put his on your buy list— Ford has confirmed that it comes with a Drift Mode. That’s right, Drift Mode.

This hatchback comes with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder putting out 315 horsepower and Ford All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring. That is what lets you have all the fun. It includes four different drive modes of Normal, Sport, Track, and Drift, which can be controlled through a switch at the gear lever.

2016 Ford FocusRS photo

Each mode has unique settings for the all-wheel drive system, damper controls, electronic stability control, steering, engine response, and even exhaust sound. The industry-first Drift Mode distributes the torque specifically to let you kick out that tail and drift through a turn.

It all comes down to the car’s technology with computers and sensors analyzing yaw in order to figure out how the driver is going to work the steering to get it to drift. If it determines that you’re on the right track, then have at it, but if it thinks you’re not really in control, then it will adjust accordingly to make sure you don’t go careening off the road.