• Feb 19, 2010
2009 Ford Focus RS – Click above for high-res image gallery

Our friends across the pond in Europe have always good things to say about the Ford Focus RS, leading to a great deal of angst in America since the Blue Oval Boys have never brought the hi-po Focus Stateside. News from Jost Capito, the man in charge of aligning Ford's performance divisions all around the globe, has us anxiously awaiting the time when that gross oversight is finally corrected.

Automobile recently got the chance to sit down and chat with Capito, and the conversation quickly turned to the new global Ford Focus platform
that was recently unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show. According to Capito, Ford is still deciding what to call the next-gen high-performance Focus, saying only, "I don't see RS in Europe going away, and I don't see SVT in the U.S. going away."

Regardless of what it's called, we could very well see the speedy Focus take on multiple forms – similar to the path Ford has taken with the car in Europe with both a Focus ST and top-level RS. Previously, we heard rumors that a
240-horsepower Ecoboost-powered Focus ST could hit the scene within 18 months, followed by the latest RS, which could sport a 350-horsepower all-wheel drive hybrid powertrain, within the next three years.

There are plenty more interesting tidbits in the interview, click here to follow along.




[Source: Automobile Magazine]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Me want car now.......Me like car!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      When can I pre-order??? Either... ST or RS...

      This is car news!!! Real cars for real people!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I tweeted to Ford about this a couple weeks ago. Went like this:

      Me: Hey @ford... any chance of an RS, ST, or even SVT 2012 Focus with
      Ecoboost 4 cyl? I'd give it a look.

      Ford: Lots of interest for performance version of next-gen @Focus --
      both in Euro and USA. Nothing confimed, but we hear the demand! ^mhs
        • 4 Years Ago
        I hate twitter with a passion. But they replied? That's pretty cool...
        • 4 Years Ago
        There is an ST-version of the upcoming Focus under development!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease? With sugar on top?
      • 4 Years Ago
      And compete with the Mustang? They are two totally different cars but both go in the performance segment.
        • 4 Years Ago
        we always had the Mustang in Europe, some people even bought some.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Mustang was the first thing I thought of when they said "merge performance lines."

        I guess we'll get an RS in addition to the Mustang we already have, and they'll get a Mustang in addition to their RS.

        Mustang on the Autobahn?
        • 4 Years Ago
        They are two different cars for two different crowds, but what if the Focus can embarrass the Mustang at the strip and the track? Would that sit well with the brand manager honchos of the Mustang or all its fans? May seem like a silly question but I believe that's what killed the Buick Grand National off and kept other projects like the Pontiac Banshee from ever getting off the ground because of how they came too close to bumping the Corvette off of GM's highest pedestal - and they weren't even under the same brand roof.
        • 4 Years Ago
        an AWD RS would go against the EVO and STI , it would destroy the current Mustang. but Ford reportedly plans to move the Mustang upscale and make it smaller and more powerful, to compete against the Corvette. then the Focur RS can take the current Mustang's place.
      • 4 Years Ago
      John-
      Really?
      The Cobalt is 4 seconds faster on the Nring.
      4 seconds.
      Nice try.
        • 4 Years Ago
        But unfortunately the Cobalt is a plastic disaster compared to the Euro Focus. It's not just about speed. Sport compacts should be about balance as well.

        If they do a Cruze SS though, that might change. The fit and finish in the Cruze is way better than the Cobalt.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Another N-ring time sheep, claiming superiority based on an irrelevant lap time.

        Dude, 4 seconds on a gigantic track like that reflects virtually nothing on the real-world capabilities of a car. The Cobalt is a miserable machine that I'd qualify as "unlivable" given the thrashiness and plasticized environment. Compared to the European Focus, there is...well, no comparison.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ WTFBBQ , because unofficial Ring times are all that matter. they should cancel F1 , ALMS , Le Mans and just post Ring times because that's all that counts, right ?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Of course it was 4 seconds faster. The car's interior is great motivation. Who wouldn't want to get out of that cheap, plastic hell as soon as humanly possible?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Let me guess... we'll get stuck with the 4 door sedan instead of a 3 door hatch. Bummer.
      • 4 Years Ago
      now you guys need to get Ford America and Ford Australia to talk as well in regards to preformance vehicles so we can get the Mustang (GT & GT500) and you guys can have the FPV F6

      FPV ( Ford Preformance Vehicles) F6 - 1800kgs - Rear wheel drive - Turbo Charged 4litre Inline 6

      Power: 310Kw (415hp) and 565Nm (416Lb/ft) @ 1950rpm - 4500rpm

      0-100km/h (62mph) 4.9sec
      0-402m (1/4mile) 13.00sec


      Its natural competor in Australia is the HSV R8/GTS - which was rebadged as a Ponatic G8 in the States.. and lets say, it distroys the GM Product....
        • 4 Years Ago
        oh and the F6 rolling Acceleration - 80km/h (49.7mph) to 120km/h (74.56mph) is 0.1sec slower then a Porsche 911 Turbo...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh I hope we can be so lucky. We have missed out on so much since the RS200.
      • 4 Years Ago
      if only we would be so lucky...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'd have agreed with you 18 months ago. But now? After a huge succession of awesome decisions and new products coming out of Ford?

        I now have ZERO doubt we will start seeing some phenomenal performance machines from Ford soon. And this is from a guy who loathed domestics for a lifetime.

        Patience, brother. We're gonna get the good stuff.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Lucky would be a good term.

        However, is that 350hp hybrid power train "combined" or just the motor?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Finally a car on here with no built in sat nav! HOORAY! Death to touchscreens!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Focus RS. Do want.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Rob: They must have had the inferior version on Top Gear
        • 4 Years Ago
        How about merging the Aussie Ford performance line while they're at it?

        The Falcon FPV models deserve more exposure than their limited distribution network allows.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "When" we get this, I will totally buy one to go with my Evo X!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Call it the RS here to. Very few people know what SVT is, I bet more have heard of Brabus. The warmed over Focus SVT is the only recent model I can think of.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I disagree. I think more people here know about SVT and relate it to Ford than would recognize an RS or ST badge. Would just think it was another model trim package (which it is, but you want people to know just what kind of trim package they're looking at).
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't think either has a lot of brand equity here in the States. But, for what it's worth:

        - "RS" has always been the acronym for a model or trim line here. "Rally Sport" doesn't carry much extra weight. Audi's got some claim on it too.

        - "SVT" was the successor to "SVO", which I actually prefer. "Special Vehicle Operations" sounds like "Black Ops" for guys who dig cars - Clandestine stuff behind the bean-counters' backs. "Special Vehicle Team" sounds like a corporate committee but still has some specialized engineering feel.

        Regardless, they should make it consistent across the product line, including Mustang, a la M-division or AMG. That will likely bear some weight on the final decision.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love this car, i cannot wait till it's stateside.
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