According to Auto Express, a new version of the Ford Focus RS has been greenlighted to see production, based, as you would expect, on the new Focus platform that was recently unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show. At this point, file this firmly in the Rumormill folder, but it seems possible that this model would have a 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 the 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 its torque to the rear, resulting in an estimated 0-60 run of 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.