The Ford Focus MkII is a car produced by Ford from 2004-2011. The car was first introduced at the Paris Auto Show in 2004 as a 3 and 5 door hatchback. The MkII, codenamed C307, uses the Ford C1 platform, and is shared with the Volvo S40, V50 and C70, the Mazda 3, and Focus C-Max. The basic suspension design from the Focus MkI has been carried over, along with a slightly stiffer body shell. The MkII is considerably larger and heavier then it's predecessor. New technologies include a KeyFree system, solar-reflect windshield, adaptive front lighting, Bluetooth hands-free phone and voice control for audio, telephone and climate control.
In 2007, Ford announced the Focus RS would be released in 2009. Contrary to numerous speculation, the RS was announced by Ford to have a conventionla FWD layout with an upgraded Duratec ST engine, gearbox, suspension and limited slip differential.
The RS uses a modified Volvo engineered 2,522cc 5 cylinder engine that was used in the Focus ST. A larger Borg-Warner K16 turbo now delivers up to 20.3 psi of boost, exactly double that of the 225hp ST's engine. A new air-to-air intercooler was developed to complement the increase in boost, while the forged crankshaft, silicon-aluminium pistons, graphite coated cylinder bores, 8.5:1 compression ratio and variable valve timing also upped the power output. The car remains a front wheel drive, but a Quaife Automatic Torque Biasing LSD and specially designed MacPherson strut suspension at the front is used to reduce torque steer.
The RS has a more aggresive looking bodykit then the ST, with a large venturi tunnel and rear spoiler. It is available in three colours only, Ultimate Green, Frozen White and Perfromance Blue.