We may have to make due with the Focus ST here in the United States (note: we are not complaining), but an even hotter version – the Focus RS – has historically been quite a hit in Europe. And according to a report in Auto Express, the next-generation RS should be one hot little number when it launches in 2014.

Rather than simply turning the ST's 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four up to 11, Ford's European performance division – Team RS – will likely use a larger-displacement mill for development of the hotter-than-hot Focus. The most likely candidate is a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine – rumored to be shared with the 2015 Mustang – that will produce around 350 horsepower.

Ford will likely offer the Focus RS with a six-speed manual transmission, but engineers have not ruled out the possibility of using a version of the company's PowerShift dual-clutch 'box. The main concern from Team RS is that using a DCT will add weight, though the engineers understand that the trend in this segment is to use dual-clutch gearboxes.

Auto Express reports that the new Focus RS will retain its front-wheel-drive architecture, but Ford is already working on new technologies to reduce the sort of squirreliness that comes with sending that much power to a car's front wheels. An active limited-slip differential – an E-diff – would "really optimise traction in all situations," according to Team RS powertrain engineering manager Len Urwin.

It's unclear whether or not the Focus RS will come to the US, despite the company's One Ford global product strategy. When it launches in Europe, Auto Express expects the RS to retail for about 25,000 pounds – just shy of $40,000 based on current exchange rates.


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      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      After missing out on the first few generations of RS Focuses, I really hope they get their product planning done to include a limited edition run (similar to what VW does with the R32) and bring them here!
      Phontsolo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just another example of the US getting screwed out of yet another hot hatch. What makes it even worse is that it's Ford. An American car that Americans can't even get. No one thinks this is messed up?
        domingorobusto
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Phontsolo
        Most of us have thought it was messed up since 2002 when the first RS was released for European consumption only.
      AcidTonic
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can't wait to run into one of these with my Evo X. The Focus ST was too easy........
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        You are hands DOWN one of the most obnoxious people that post on this site. Random Article: "This Freightliner has the amazing ability to tow 38,000 pounds while still maintaining 11MPG" AcidTonic: "Who cares, my Evo is so much better can tow 35 pounds and run the 1/4 mile in the 11's with killer AWD" No one likes you, please go away.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
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          Rexxer
          • 2 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          LOL well put.
      ToyotaSupraMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      350hp...still FWD? FOR MCRAE'S SAKE, JUST PUT 4WD ON IT ALREADY!
        Matt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ToyotaSupraMan
        weight and cost, it wont happen. Making a 4wd system for a limited selling car doesnt make sense, even if it would be a ton of fun.
          Vinuuz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Matt
          Ford does have AWD in that segment on the crossovers based on the Focus, right?
      Brandon Nesbitt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford doesn't care about customers! They want sales! They will never give us what we really want : an 4WD Focus and an IRS Mustang. Stick with the EVO and STI i guess...
      john m
      • 2 Years Ago
      350hp and front wheel drive...LMAO!!! They're working on new technologies to control the squirreliness....LMAO! The technology is already there... It's called ALL WHEEL FREAKIN DRIVE!!!
        MacProMan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @john m
        amen, torque steer will be gnarly in this, I remember a Top Gear episode where they tested a high performance Focus (ST or RS or something in Europe) and Jeremy let go of the wheel and it definitely still had torque steer which I cannot stand... AWD!!!!
        tinted up
        • 2 Years Ago
        @john m
        Here's to keeping my fingers crossed for a Juke Nismo RS. 270hp + AWD > 350hp + FWD.
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      >e-diff If it isn't electromechanical, don't bother. Simulating an LSD with the brakes is for retards.
      kcroc10077
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford needs to stop pissing around. Put AWD in this beast and its the new class leader even with the new WRX coming next year. And while we're talking Ford. I've got a feeling the new Mustang is going to "knock it outta the park".
      ELG
      • 2 Years Ago
      E-diff french for "not a diff"
      Markus
      • 2 Years Ago
      Europe has been enjoying this vehicle for years. I'm a bit too old for this vehicle now, but can we just get this over here, so we can build a fan-base again for American auto sports in this segment? Tuners and younger generations in their Evo's and WRX's and GTi's...buy and build American, rebuild the economy and rebuild enthusiasm for the grassroots. Win-Win. My apologies for the politics. Im still upset about the Chevy Celebrity "Eurosport". I mean, what was wrong with the RS's and SS's? .....I digress...
      Maxximtl
      • 2 Years Ago
      The RS couldn't be FWD and be a viable option in the US. Simple tuning is already taking the ST to the 300hp level. I doubt anyone is gonna spend another $10k to get a fancy diff and a few more ponies over the ST. Regardless, it would be cool to see the 2.3L turbo 4 make a comeback in the Mustang....if for no other reason than a nod to the original SVO.
        Matt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Maxximtl
        People still buy the Evo over the Ralliart and the STI over the WRX even though with some tuning they can have similar power. Some people like not having to tweak anything and would rather pay upfront or they just want something more limited.
      Vinuuz
      • 2 Years Ago
      And this in a front wheel drive model? Or is the RS AWD?
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