We're waiting patiently – very patiently – for the 2012 Focus ST to show up in the showroom of our local Ford dealership. Meanwhile, our friends around the world have been able to play with the top-tier Focus RS, and they're already waiting on the next generation. They won't have to wait much longer, though, as Ford in Australia has reportedly confirmed the next-gen RS.

The current Focus RS boasts 300 horsepower, all of which is sent to the front wheels. It sounds like a recipe for an intense forearm workout, but the Focus RS utilizes the revoknuckle front suspension setup to quell torque steer. Ford insists they can push power figures higher, and the next generation RS will aim to prove just that.

Look for the current RS' Volvo-sourced, turbocharged, 2.5-liter inline-five to be replaced with a higher-output version of the company's 2.0-liter EcoBoost four – the same engine that we'll be getting in the less-powerful Focus ST. As for exact power numbers, Ford's Australian bosses have said that output numbers as high as 350 or 380 hp are possible.



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      third3ye82
      • 3 Years Ago
      Will this be the concept car they show in Frankfurt? I'm guess it's probably still the droptop ST, but a Focus RS concept would be a very welcome surprise. Ford needs to bite the bullet and make this AWD, that way the hp level won't be such a concern anymore :D
      Tom Cottage
      • 3 Years Ago
      Please bring the 2012 Ford Focus RS with AWD! FWD sucks!
      Tom Cottage
      • 3 Years Ago
      The small to compact Ford cars had and have a very, very great advertising in the world rally and rallycross for their REAL selling AWD/4WD potentials. What never ceases to amaze me is that manufacturers underestimate the link between their motor sport products and their road cars. Surely the success that companies like Subaru and Mitsubishi had in selling their road "premium" cars after their rally successes shows their is a market for products with significant links. I think many people won't buy small to compact sports premium products without AWD. The problem is...companies haven't listened to their customers. Customers said that they wanted the car with FWD and AWD. They made the car only with FWD, some people stopped buying it...like me. And, Ford bring the RS with AWD to the states!
      Galen
      • 3 Years Ago
      still no US release????
      Antonio
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder if it will come to America. But I doubt it..
      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      hell yes! AWD please, 350hp through the front wheels would be a bit of a waste
      stickshiftn69
      • 3 Years Ago
      i wonder if the transmission came from the same place the recalled mustang tranny came from enjoy your chinese transmission hey, at least they circled the problem
        Bucks
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stickshiftn69
        Focus ST has used Getrag in past. This is a global car and I'd expect the gearbox to continue to be sourced from Germany the manual trans in the current ST is one of the nicest experiences in gearboxes I've had the pleasure of using..
      Dennis
      • 3 Years Ago
      I better news would be if Focus RS and Falcon were brought to US.
      yuppiescum
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope it's available without all the rice rocket body effects.
        emperor koku
        • 3 Years Ago
        @yuppiescum
        Would you say that about a Porsche GT3 RS? Geesh, you people. It's a high-performance car with functional aero bits and a flashy color. Go get yourself a Camry.
          yuppiescum
          • 3 Years Ago
          @emperor koku
          Yes, yes I would, and I already own a camry.
          Krishan Mistry
          • 3 Years Ago
          @emperor koku
          @yuppiescum That explains so much. Beige or pale brown? Your Camry that is.
      mgboy79
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like Ford's made a shiny new CRX. Except this one will probably have a Chinese transmission and will burst into flames for any one of numerous reasons.
      Rampant
      • 3 Years Ago
      I bet the only reason Ford wont bring it here is they dont want to lose sales of the Mustang.
        Rotation
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rampant
        I don't think an FWD Focus would drop sales of the Mustang much. Besides, you can't get a Focus in a convertible.
          Lowland
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Rotation
          "Besides, you can't get a Focus in a convertible." You can in Europe.
          PeterK
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Rotation
          you can.http://www.speedheads.de/auto/zukunft/bilder/ford_focus_cabrio-4471-46.jpg
          brian
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Rotation
          Not in the US, PeterK...
        Tippy Dobbs
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rampant
        I don't think that's the case, they're not exactly the same target audience.
      jonnybimmer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why are they pushing out 300+ from a production car through just the front wheels? I mean, don't get me wrong, I have nothing against FWD driving dynamics. I'm just wondering why Ford doesn't just throw in an AWD system in there if they're asking for more power through the front wheels than (US Spec) STis, Evos, 370Zs, V6 Genesis Coupes, and so on push through their rear or all of their wheels. Is it cost? It's not like the RS was a smart buy to begin with. Just build the WRC car we want. Oh, and if possible, ship a few to the US too.
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