• Feb 3rd 2010 at 2:25PM
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It's no secret that we openly covet the Ford Focus Rallye Sport. Unfortunately, the Blue Oval never found it in its heart to let the hottest version of its Focus hatchback into the United States... or any version of the European Focus for that matter. As such, we're certainly not expecting to see the rumored Clubsport model that Auto Express claims will be the current car's swan song before the new version is unveiled based on the all-new Focus.

Too bad, as the idea of 350 horsepower from Ford's highly lauded 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine sounds just peachy, as do the lightweight racing seats, lowered and stiffened suspension and suitably sticky rubber. If there's any truth to all of this, expect the run to 60 to be dispatched in just about five seconds flat. Don't be too saddened by the news, though.

The next juicy bit of internet rumormongering is that a new version of the RS has been greenlit, based on the new Focus platform that was recently unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show. This model would seemingly have a much better chance of coming Stateside, being that the next Focus will be a true global vehicle.

If you're the type that likes to save fuel while scorching asphalt, you'll like the rumored inclusion of a hybrid powertrain centering on Ford's 2.0-liter Ecoboost four cylinder. That boosted mill would reportedly drive the front wheels while an electric motor would send torque to the rear, resulting in an all-wheel drive arrangement, estimated 0-60 run of (again) five seconds and a top speed of 155 miles per hour.

Interestingly, AE reports that this is the same powertrain Peugeot used in its SR1 concept, and the French automaker is said to have co-developed the hybrid drivetrain with Ford. We won't know whether or not any of this is accurate for quite some time, as the car reportedly won't be ready for another three years, but a 240-horsepower Ecoboost Focus ST may be on the way within the next 18 months. We'll see...

[Source: Auto Express]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      There is the Lime Green 300 hp Focus RS on Ebay right now. Its a Mexican dealer saying he will bring it to Laredo for you and it can be certified for US.


      Price is 45,000
      • 5 Years Ago
      The hybrid sounds sweet, the RS Clubsport not so much.

      I've read every Car and Evo article on the RS and after being initially lauded subsequent tests suggest the car is awful on broken pavement. Sounds like a deal breaker unless I lived in southern Germany or Corsica maybe.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I honestly do not understand the fixation with hybrid everything. There's a few sporty/sportscars that get remarkably good mileage simply by being light and having a well-matched motor. See: Lotus Elise, Acura RSX, Chevy Corvette.

      Hybrids are perfect for commuting, city driving, and higher mileage kind of travelling. But otherwise, it seems that adding a hybrid system to any kind of sporting vehicle only adds weight and complexity.

      Add lightness instead!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hybrids are the near-future, whether you want to accept it or not.

        You say that there are already cars that get "good" mileage - but "good" is a relative term... is 30 MPG really considered all that good when 50+ MPG is absolutely possible with a hybrid system?

        You can only make a car so light with current technology before you have to start getting into some rather exotic - and thus expensive - materials. Thus the reason that you will only be finding those materials in higher-end cars. This is a post about a ~$20k car - you are simply not going to be able to use carbon-fiber and other similar materials in a car at that price.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't get people's obsession with this car, it's another FWD nightmare that underperforms mightily.
        • 5 Years Ago
        try riding in an SVT focus in the States (ST170 in the EU). If you think that's a great car to drive/handle, the RS 4x better.

        If the hybrid setup becomes reality, I'm in for one.
        • 5 Years Ago
        read some hands on tests....if you had your opin would be at the opposite spectrum....
        • 5 Years Ago
        cobalt ss > sti and evo

        • 5 Years Ago
        @Serge: Faster than a regular WRX, not the STI.

        In any case, 400 ponies at the front wheels is starting to push the limits of what one can reasonably do with a FWD car. With that much snort on tap they really do need to start thinking AWD.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why don't we wait till we actually get the next-gen Focus here on dealer lots and see how well it sells before we start up rumors that we'll get a 250 or 350 or 10000 horsepower version of this car?!

      If it sells well enough, and the Mustang gets enough of a horsepower bump to keep any souped-up Focus from embarrassing it, THEN we can maybe expect a Focus RS or some other high-performance version of it. At this point it's all pointless speculation - hell, even the Fiesta hasn't hit US shores yet and that car is going to be here at least a year before the regular next-gen Focus hits our shores.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't wait to drive one of these over here, the RS is extremely hot, especially in green.
      • 5 Years Ago
      But at what cost? How reliable is this 2 liter turbo?

      Weight difference? Hybrid or not, I still dream that they can keep the weight down.

      Bring it. Maybe Mazda will consider this type of AWD solution for an upcoming MS3 / MS6?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well the previous gen(current) MS6 has AWD.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just to give justice: It's not a Ford but a good old 5 pots Volvo engine that move this car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why not start a RS Movement to get Ford's attention? much like the Fiesta Movement.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bah, keep your 300hp + RS version. It'll cost too much for a Focus anyway ($30k or more?). What Ford needs to do to gain some street-cred from the masses here in the states is build a Civic Si/WRX/MS3 competitor with 225-250hp in the $20-25k range. Hopefully Ford execs realize how important such a car is for the getting the attention of the cash-strapped, enthusiast segment. That said, the regular old stock 2012 Focus is gorgeous even with only 155hp! Looking forward to driving one.

      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Here's what Ford really should do with the Focus:

      2.0L DI (155hp) as the base engine, likely to be the highest volume engine.
      1.6L GTDI (170hp) as the optional engine in non-performance models.
      2.0L DI Hybrid (145hp+Electric motor) as a full hybrid mileage queen
      2.0L GTDI (260hp) in an ST sport model
      2.0L GTDI (320hp) in a very limited run RS model

      While I don't personally think there is much of a market for an RS version here in the States, if they are going to go through the trouble of developing it for Europe they might as well try to sell a few of them here too. I think the ST model I proposed could move in high enough numbers to make it viable though.
        • 5 Years Ago

        A 200+ hp model would rock!

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