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The Mecca for fans of all the world's cars procured some pics of the new Focus RS wearing Focus ST clothing. So how did Mr. Lehmann and his photogs identify it as the delectable RS variant? Noise and power.
The all-wheel-drive, rally-inspired coupe blew past the shooter in a turbo-charged hurry, while one of the occupants gave the one-finger salute to the snapper. The wastegate was audible as the RS accelerated away and although a four-wheel burnout didn't take place, the car's rampant acceleration was all the proof needed that power was finding its way to all four wheels.

It's appropriate that shots of Ford's 300 HP Focus would surface the very week we have our WRX/EVO focused RR of the Day. Both models have proven that small displacement, turbo-charged rally machines are a viable commodity here in the States. But alas, Ford doesn't see fit to grace our shores with one of the most potent vehicles in their worldwide line-up. This fact causes some of us to weep late at night when no one is around.

[Source: World Car Fans]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Fear not everybody, we get another crossover, pseudo SUV! Woot! Edge and Fairlane FTW! BOLD MOVES.

      Sigh. Depressing to see all these nice cars not being released in the country the company was originally founded in.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "But alas, Ford doesn't see fit to grace our shores with one of the most potent vehicles in their worldwide line-up. This fact causes some of us to weep late at night when no one is around."

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      And others of us to shake our heads in abject bewilderment.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ford Focus(2) ST costs slightly above €20k when you seek carefully (regular price is cca €23-24k; so I don't think $30k for ST is realistic

      "Dear Jaguar, bring XJR Portfolio for $40k, I will buy it in a heartbeat!"
      • 8 Years Ago
      What's really happening here is the Ford’s US designers are pissed off cause they didn’t think up such a nice design. Not to mention the pride of upper management too. HELLOOOO, don't snub your noses at the American car buyers, just swallow your pride and make the car available to us!
      • 8 Years Ago
      What you guys should really all do is save up your money for a C30R Volvo. That is most likely the closest thing that we will ever see to this car. It would make sense in terms of the pecking order of FMC. That's the only way I see anything like this finding its way over here.
      • 8 Years Ago
      So - how exactly did they know it was an RS? Anyone could have modified an ST and given the same effect - plus, since when did Ford fit a dump valve that dumps to atmosphere anyway? They would fit a recirculating dump valve which you would barely be albe to hear - if at all.

      This is just a modified car - like mine...... or do I have a prototype sat in my driveway too? Hmmm.....
      • 8 Years Ago
      Very nice. I hope so it will have Torsen central diff or something like that, not Haldex.
      • 8 Years Ago
      [... $30k for RS ...] ofcourse
      • 8 Years Ago
      Most 'tuner' cars don't have telemetry units mounted on the roof.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well... there is definitely as much, if not more, market for a C30R as there is for the S60R and V70R.

      The sport compact sector is blazing hot. Anyone wanna bet on a Fast & Furious 4... 5... 6.. ;)

      • 8 Years Ago
      aaaarrrrrghhhhh....

      Okay, so Ford doesn't want to bring the mk2 Focus to the states because they can't get it down to the price point that they think Americans would pay for it.... Well, here's my idea for a compromise. Keep the long-in-the-tooth US Focus as the base car, and bring the RS over as a limited-production performance no-holds-barred performance vehicle. I mean, Honda brought the previous generation Euro Civic as the SI, in addition to the American version. Why can't Ford do that and just call it the "RS"? They could keep it at the higher price it would fetch, because people gettng that sort of performance would expect to pay a higher price. They could also keep the fit & finish higher that way, without having to rape and pillage the interior to get it down to econobox prices... Argh, Ford, I want to stay loyal, but your contant missed-opportunities and bad decisions make it so frusttrating...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hot!

      It take it as a focus but i would love to see it as an S40 R!
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