• Sep 11th 2008 at 7:29PM
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Click above for a hi-res gallery of the 2009 Ford Focus RS

The fastest piece of machinery ever devised by Ford of Europe, the highly anticipated Focus RS, just had its first public showing in London and is about to be officially unveiled in Paris next month. But with delivery expected to begin sometime next year, Ford dealers in the United Kingdom alone have already taken over 1,000 orders for the new hot hatch. Color options haven't even been officially announced yet – with only Electric Green, Electric Blue and Frozen White confirmed so far – but most customers have already specified their color choices.

We'll be on hand next month to bring you live shots of the new Focus Rallye Sport, so stay tuned. In the meantime, we've got a review of the Focus ST coming your way, plus a hi-res gallery of the Focus RS below and the press release after the jump.

[Source: Ford]



BRENTWOOD, Essex, 10 September, 2008 – Ford's UK dealer network has been inundated with orders for the all-new high performance Ford Focus RS which was previewed at the British International Motor Show in London in July.

So far 1,000 customer orders have been placed. Although no details of available colours have been confirmed, around 40 per cent of the applicants requested the unique Electric Green shade of the London Show vehicle. Other popular requests were Frozen White and Electric Blue.

Roelant de Waard, Chairman and Managing Director of Ford of Britain said: "We're delighted by the reaction of performance car enthusiasts to the new Focus RS and that so many want to place orders even though it will not be available until early next year."

At the heart of the new Ford Focus RS is a specially developed 300PS version of Ford's Duratec 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbocharged engine.

The new model marks a welcome return for the Rallye Sport badge which has played such an important role in Ford's rich motorsport heritage. This will be the second Focus model to carry the RS mantle since 2002 and heralds another chapter in an automotive story which began with the iconic Ford Escort RS1600 in 1970.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Ford wonders about its problems in the US, but I can't understand thier confusion because I can't wrap my mind around why are cars like this not available here. I might not be first in line to buy one, but this vehicle is superior to any trim level of focus we could even dream about having stateside(Ford's home turf at that!). It could be shipped here tomorrow with success as an R32 / Evo / Sti - ish rival hatch.

      I can't help but think Ford is missing out in the US market over decisions just like these.
        • 7 Years Ago
        no are,* sorry

        ...and man, this car is really cooler than I had initially thought. 300hp/325ft-lbs. arctic white, yes please.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I was told that Focuses like this would do laps around Mustangs and steal profits as well. But still, people in the US buy big boring cars shouldn't affect us getting cars like the Focus RS because we don't really get like these in the first place to turn them down.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Well, it IS the Ford version of the next-gen Mazdaspeed 3 -- which will also have the Volvo 5-cyl turbo.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Well the first question is HOW MUCH. This car is a limited car, VERY powerful, pimped out and all. So my take it may cost 25 Ks. Seems pricey, although i do see a regular version of this car,as well as this one (in limited numbers) selling very well here in USA. I think Ford would have to hit the common guy as well to make money.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Just to put it out there... are VW, Mitsubishi, or Subaru very successful in the US?


        No? You have no one to blame aside from the American people for buying all of those huge, ugly, boring cars over wonderful pieces of machinated art such as this. Need a quick solution? Move to Europe! :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sooooo Mazda has the Mazdaspeed3 here, but Ford can't bring this here, huh? Are they really that dumb?
      • 7 Years Ago
      There was a segment on msnbc (i think) with Mullaly, and he seems to get it. He was being thrown question after question, and he kept referencing the strength of the "global portfolio" and "global resources". It is obvious to me that Ford (mullaly really) seems to recognize the mistakes of the past. They are currently retooling plants to allow variable assembly for 2010 (european) models to arrive... why do people continue to bash ford for not having these models here? Mullaly has only been there 2 years I believe and he is moving as quick as he can to get relevant models based on demand. Hurray for 2010!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yet another vote for Ford to bring this car to the US. At least give us the option of the hatchback again. I really love my Mazda3 but I would have bought a Focus had the hatch not disappeared.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ford is looking to cut another 42,00 workers meanwhile Ford of Europe is selling the new RS at an alarming rate. Seriously, Ford of US deserves to go under if they can't figure this out. Some jokes write themselves.

      But incase FORD is completely dumbfounded let me spell it out for them, "Bring the RS to the U.S. and the Rally edition and sales will be at a all time high."
      • 7 Years Ago
      "UK Ford dealers take 1000 orders"
      So, how many orders did US dealers take?
      Oh yeah, zero.
      • 7 Years Ago
      as the proud owner of an 04 focus svt zx5 I can truly say I would kill someone to get my hands on this car. The comment about people pre-ordering the current focus.....priceless. All of the new one's I've seen here in town are driven by either 40+ or first car going to college. I still find the original the best looking, even after 8 years.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm always on the look out for an SVT in good condition. I would trade my vanilla ZX5 for one in an instant.
        • 7 Years Ago
        yeah, I've had it for about 2 years now. getting ready to throw on either a turbo or supercharger
      • 7 Years Ago
      Imagine someone actually preordering the current north American focus when it first rolled out...
        • 7 Years Ago
        I saw torrents reply "ROFLMAO" and i thought what could be THAT funny.

        "Imagine someone actually preordering the current north American focus when it first rolled out..."

        I had a nice chuckle after reading this line myself.
        • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think some of guys are missing the point here.
      Yes - I'm sure the RS will be a great car, but Ford is already losing money.
      Why don't they bring the "Eurofords" to the US? -> Cause people in the US wont pay the high prices for them that the Europeans will.
      The RS isn't a $25k car - It's a $35k car.
      Any less and Ford is probably losing money on the sale, and people in the US wont pay that kind of money for a FWD hatch
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yeah, Americans surely wouldn't buy this Focus. No sir. We'd much rather have that rolling snoozefest Ford currently heaps upon us. Selling this thing here might undercut sales of the 87,000 Mustang variants currently on the market and we just can't allow that to happen.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Indeed, they need to do something with all those left over pickup truck rear ends....
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm with no.2.....why can't they bring something like this here?
      I realize it could not be a 'performer' like the Uk model, but it sure beats the hell out of the FLEX.

      I live in the Toronto area and so far have seen three on the road.
      I've seen them on dealer lots four months ago......BIG MISTAKE!!!!

      Anyone at Ford listening? No wonder the Japanese are kicking our butts over here.

      A 1975 Datsun station wagon has more appeal than the Flex.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Yes i live in the UK and own a Ford S-max which i have because I want the space and hate SUVs. Nearly all of the comments about any Fords people complain why Ford dose not sale there "EuroFords " in the USA . The reason is that traditionally that the USA want big cars that cheep . however in Europe cars where subjected to high taxes on size and the streets are just paved over cow paths yet Europeans where more willing to pay for quality . Ford will sell there car that they sell elsewhere in the USA in 2010 .
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