• Mar 1, 2009
Rumor has bubbled up that this latest Ford Focus RS will be the last. That, however, isn't the most outrageous part of the story - after all, just a couple of years ago there were rumors that the RS badge would disappear on the MkII. And the reasons for the rumor aren't wild, either: the cloudy state of world finances and the pressure of emissions laws means hi-po gas-powered rockets have no place to grow.

The most outrageous part of this rumor comes when it's written that "all the firm's focus will be on economical and eco-friendly vehicles such as hybrids and electric cars." Not some of Ford's attention, but all of Ford's attention. A Ford source apparently bolstered that by saying "it's likely to be the last car of this type you will see from Ford." Not just the last RS, but "the last car of this type."

We hope this is just a sales ploy, some planted hysteria to boost RS sales. Because if it isn't, and Ford really won't be doing any hot little cars, that will mean a far sadder state of affairs than merely the loss of the RS line. Unless, of course, Ford means that the next Focus RS will be 300 hp, 302 lb-ft... and electric?

[Source: iMotor Mag]


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      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 5 Years Ago
      There will always be demand for HiPo rides period
      • 5 Years Ago
      Even if neutered, this car would sell like hotcakes in America. And I don't believe any of that green, econobox only production plan. I think once a reliable/available source of power can be had in a car, somebody will try to make it go faster.

      That is our ridiculous/primitive human nature.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sea, because ford is stupid. If enough people told them then maybe they'd bring this bad ass over to america.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't really care if the "RS" badge dies (I'm surprised VW/Audi hasn't sued by now), but I sure hope the high-performance spirit of the current Focus RS doesn't die. Call it an SVT, ST, or SHO, I don't really care, just don't make it another Corolla.
        • 5 Years Ago
        P.V.

        American companies (Ford, GM, and Chrysler) have been using the RS moniker long before VW and Audi.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's what happens if Ford starts drawing from the US government loan. Strings attached by the rabid greenies to force the car companies to only produce econoboxes, public and the market be damned.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't believe it. If high performance dies because of emissions, we'll lose more than half the vehicles on the market today. Forget Mustangs, Camaros, M3s, all Porsches, Ferraris, Lambos, Astons, Jags, BMW M cars...

      This just about as realistic as saying all cars will be electric by 2010.





        • 5 Years Ago
        This isn't the death knell for performance cars. Look at the Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T as a good example. It'll come from the factory with a somewhat benign 210 hp and 223 lb-ft of torque. However, as Hyundai is more than eager to point out, that engine is a kissing cousin to the Evo's turbo, and while the ECU is kind of protected it also isn't that hard to hack. Wink, wink. You end up with the best of both worlds - Hyundai gets plausible deniability and the customer gets a wider choice of engine tunes than the factory can offer.

        IOW, performance will still be available; it's just it won't be totally pre-packaged on the dealership floor.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why is that so hard to believe? I think the high performance car market will be done in, at least in the short term, by the environmental lobby. The cars you mentioned may be available in the future, but at a much higher cost.

        Once alternative fuels come out, however, I'm sure they will still find a way to keep us from buying fast cars in the name of "not squandering our limited endowment of wind, sunlight, and hydrogen."
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Will the new Focus be Ford's last RS?"

      No.

      "They" said that the last time they built the last FRS.

      (btw, stop comparing the Cobalt SS to the RS. I think everyone's tired of such BS.)
        • 5 Years Ago
        "(btw, stop comparing the Cobalt SS to the RS. I think everyone's tired of such BS.)"

        I see what you did there.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How much does this thing weight? It has 300hp/trq but apparently does 0-60 in 5.9secs. Must be well over 3000lbs.
        • 5 Years Ago
        First of all it's 0-63, and then the somewhat slow acceleration time is due to the FWD layout.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't recall the focus being put through its paces on the nurburgring or any other track yet. The cobalt ss is no slouch in the corners, its the fastest fwd car around the ring i believe, but its build quality is lacking.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sure Cobalt may be a 0.2 sec faster, but Cobalt cannot negotiate corners in the same way as Focus can, not to mention the fact, that compared to Euro Focus, Cobalt's essentially piece of metal, plastic and rubber glued together while Focus is a hot-hatch. In which case, Cobalt's 0-63 or 100.8 km/h is irrelevant.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love that color!
      • 5 Years Ago
      well this is a complete crock. ford just merged the svt and euro performance groups, in order to produce performance oriented world cars.

      performance will not die. the rs might die but svt and the SHO/ST vehicles will march on
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hope you are correct... because the Focus RS looks freakin' SWEET....

        ..... BUT, if I can lease/buy one gen & can NOT replace it with an updated model (if I desire...) I will support companies who don't play these games!!!


      • 5 Years Ago
      Ford will find a way to offer powerful performance across their lineup. It will just be in smaller engines that also allow better mileage. 300hp V8 or 300hp I4? I know there is a difference in how each engine gets to 300hp, but 300hp is still 300hp.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If this is true I wish FoMoCo goes belly-up.
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