Rumors continue to swirl that Ford is working on a high-performance Focus RS hatchback. According to Auto Express, the RS will produce up to 380 hp and could debut as soon as two years from now.
The report suggests that the new Focus RS will squeeze as much as 380 hp out of a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine. That would make the new Focus RS more powerful than the prior-generation’s 350-hp Focus RS500. Power will go only to the front wheels, necessitating Ford’s RevoKnuckle suspension design and torque-vectoring traction control to help the Focus RS transmit all its power to the road. AE believes the Focus RS will accomplish the 0-to-60-mph sprint in as little as 5.5 seconds. The Focus RS500 hit 62 mph in 5.6 seconds, according to Ford’s numbers.
The Focus RS would, like the Focus ST, most likely be offered as a five-door hatchback. Ford is reportedly considering a two-door coupe model, but a three-door hatch design is unlikely. AE says that the Focus RS is “at least” two years away from launch.
A spokesman from Ford’s SVT group in the U.S. previously wouldn’t confirm or deny whether a Focus RS was in the cards. He told us the company was working hard on launching the Focus ST, and noted that Ford’s RS models are “a real special occasion.” For now, we’d probably be satisfied with the ST alone -- Ford hasn’t offered a hotted-up Focus in the states since production of the SVT Focus ended in 2004.
Fortunately, fans of hot-hatch products from the Blue Oval won’t have to wait much longer, as Ford has confirmed that the 247-hp Focus ST will bow in production form at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. It may be joined in Frankfurt by the Fiesta ST, which is expected to extract between 180 and 200 hp from a 1.6-liter EcoBoost inline-four engine.
Source: Auto Express