• Oct 3, 2008
Click above for more live shots of the Ford Focus RS in Paris

Ford's new Focus RS has made its second European debut and we've managed to snag some live shots of the new car on the stand. Covered in Ultra Green paint as it is, we could hardly miss it. The new hue is meant to be "a modern interpretation of the 1970's Ford Le Mans Green." In that case, perhaps it should be called Grabber Green? Powered by a turbocharged Duratec 2.5L five-cylinder producing about 300 horsepower and 325 ft-lbs of torque, the new Focus RS is the fastest European Ford ever produced and can hit 60 mph in under six seconds. Front-wheel drive was chosen in lieu of all-wheel as the Blue Oval's 'RevoKnuckle' front suspension system along with the Quaife Automatic Torque Biasing limited-slip differential is said to remove all traces of torque steer. Expect to see the new Focus RS in European dealerships sometime in 2009.




I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 24 Comments
      • 6 Years Ago
      Unless Ford decides to kill the Mustang (which will never happen) the EU spec RS will never be released by Ford in the US. It sucks too. :(
      • 6 Years Ago
      Seeing this makes me wonder WHY Ford does'nt bring this kind of cars in America!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Reads specs...pauses...closes browser window and places face in hands and weeps like a nine year old girl
        • 6 Years Ago
        read the price and you'll stop crying / caring i bet
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd rather get the C30 under development with the Haldex AWD.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's not easy being green. Other than that, very good looking car. I would SO drive one State-side.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I love this piccolo green, it already matches my green Kawasaki, and my green polo shirt. lol i am just looking for a green gf.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ford is stupid thinking like this. lol
      seriously, the mustang is mostly driven by girls unless is a v8 which i see more guys driving. this hatch would attract a different crowd, one thing Ford can do is bump the mustang gt power to 400 horses, put this horse on a diet, and bring the 300 hp hatch to USA shores.
      • 6 Years Ago
      it might REDUCE torque steer but it won't help the wheelspin caused by 300 horsepower going through the front wheels.

      This really should've been AWD.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You prefer the clutch smoke of 300 hp trying to go through 4 wheels? I'm sorry but what you see WRC cars do on TV is not what a production AWD car behaves like. Unless drag racing on dirt is all you do, you're going to be very happy with the reduced weight and drivetrain losses of this Focus over an STI.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It most certainly will help with wheelspin -

        The Quaife differential is sort of like a Mechanical Jesus in your driveline.

        It's not technically an LSD, it's actually like a Torsen - as soon as a wheel starts spinning, power is handed over to the other wheel.

        So at worst you get a little back-and-forth while each wheel fights to be the one with more traction and you'll spin both wheels on launch (which is not necessarily slower than, and is often faster than a no-spin launch)... but this is only a problem for drivers who have no concept of throttle modulation.
      • 6 Years Ago
      VERRRRRY nice, and I would *love* to see those circling around these United States of America.

      Pipe dream?
      • 6 Years Ago
      If GM can make a cheap fwd mean mother like the Cobalt SS Turbocharged, this could work.
      The key word is cheap.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Seriously nice!!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Fastest Euro ford?
      what abt the rS200??
        • 6 Years Ago
        rs2000? even cosworth was quicker...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Now the race is on to see which can come here first. the RS or the C30 with 300 horsepower..........
    • Load More Comments