• May 27, 2009
UPDATE: Ford just wrote us to clarify that while the all-new Focus RS just introduced in Europe won't be for sale in the U.S., "Ford intends to bring some new RS' to the US (as we've already seen in the spy photos of the white car) to use as marketing assets for feedback from enthusiasts" and media.


Ford Focus RS – Click above for high-res image gallery

In an interview with Jost Capito, head of Ford's global performance, it came out that – yet again – the picture of the Focus RS above is the closest Americans will get to the Blue Oval's hottest hatch. As quoted in UK's Autocar magazine, Capito's exact words are: "Sadly, no. We'd like to, but the base car isn't homologated for North America, and that's too costly a job to carry out just for a niche vehicle like the RS."

Note that this doesn't contradict what was said last time – that the next-generation RS might come to the U.S. since the coming Focus is being developed as a global platform with North American federalization in mind. So let's put this one to bed so we can all get on with our lives and cease pining for the current Focus RS, shall we? We need to turn our attention now to pining for the next Focus RS...



[Source: Autocar]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey Ford... go f*ck yourself.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Keep preventing the US from getting cars like this and soon Ford will be looking for a bailout too.

      What a joke!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, it was either a G-coupe or the FRS. Thanks for making the decision for me, Ford. =P
        • 5 Years Ago
        unless the car is priced equal to the Mazdaspeed 3, it will never make it in the US.

        Sorry, but the MS3 dominates the US market.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Mazda seems to be doing alright despite the ugliness of their version.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well on the bright side ford just saved me $25k... on the down side everything else about this story.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Where were you going to get the other $5-10K to pay for it?

        This car would never sell at $25k in the US.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I agree with Ford decision. Its way to cool/futuristic for the American consumer to comprehend. Ford knows whats best for conservative America.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The 2011 "world" Focus, starts production in the US, in about 1 year. It would be assinine, and an extreme waste of money, to certify the current RS, with the new car around the corner.

      Sorry, but it is what it is.

      Oh, for those who say that there are other C2 platform based products in the US.......... what does that have to do with the Focus RS. Different car, that would have to go through the full certification process, and modification, to be sold here.

      I swear............... a bunch of people here sure don't live in the real world.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe I'm just experiencing dejavu, but I thought they made this bone-headed decision quiet a while back...
      • 5 Years Ago
      !$!@#%!#$^!#!$%!#!@#$!@#$!@

      breathe...

      !#$!@#$!@%!%!#$!@#$!@#%!@
      • 5 Years Ago
      Damn homo(logation) rules.
      • 5 Years Ago
      There's got to be a grey market import option for those with enough means... On the other hand, I hear the new Fusion is quite a piece!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ford Fail, the next one won't be ready for several more years...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Fine, whatever, it'd be more appreciated if they went and built the next-gen RS with AWD and an Ecoboost V6, as artificially reducing boost in the low revs because it puts too much power to the front wheels is called the limitation of FWD!

      We all knew the likelihood was low, but it just makes the wait that much worse..
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why is it that Ford or GM can make a better car , some where else but not bring it here? I might be naive but don't they need a better product NOW==and they already make it? Maybe they should take a meeting about that. Stop saying cant , and just figure it out, Sack up its time to earn your money and are respect.
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