Okay Ford, this is what we like to see. One of our intrepid spy photographers has captured a vehicle that we weren't even sure would see the light of day – the next Focus RS. While this is pretty clearly a mule based on the current Focus ST, as our spy points out, there are a number of giveaways about this hot hatch's true nature.

Indication number one that all is not right with this Focus is the heavily camo'd front fascia, which has been completely reconfigured for duty on the RS. It boasts significantly larger grilles that are meant to accommodate what is likely the 2.3-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder that's destined for the 2015 Ford Mustang. Considering that, then, we can expect around 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque from the hottest of Foci, although it's entirely possible that the production model could climb even higher, to around 330 hp.

The front fascia tweaks are complemented in the back by a modified rear bumper, which fails at hiding a pair of exhaust tips quite unlike the standard Focus ST's center-exit exhaust. Other obvious changes include the wheel/tire/brake package on this particular car. Larger 19-inch wheels are shod in super-sticky Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires in 235/35/19 while the brakes feature what we think are four-piston calipers, possibly from Brembo, up front.

The big question that we can't answer with these photos is, though, whether the next RS will use all-wheel drive. That remains an open question, although hopefully we'll see evidence supporting that theory sooner rather than later. Until then, though, hop up top and take a look at the full gallery of spy photos of the next Ford Focus RS.


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      M@
      • 6 Months Ago
      300 or 330 front whp is beyond ridiculous. Make it awd!
      mapoftazifosho
      • 6 Months Ago
      This could be a really great opportunity for Ford with the death of the Subaru WRX/STi hatchback...
        brandon
        • 6 Months Ago
        @mapoftazifosho
        As a LGT owner, I agree. I would buy one if they released it with AWD. Otherwise, aint happenin. This is basically what I have been asking for, for quite a while now. The only knock on fords vs. Subaru is residuals. But whatever.
          Dean Hammond
          • 6 Months Ago
          @brandon
          by residuals exactly what do you mean....leasing?....
          Dean Hammond
          • 6 Months Ago
          @brandon
          @1454....the Fiesta ST I can assure you does NOT push.....in fact it can be made to rotate like a RWD no problems...you REALLY need to derive one as based on your comment, you most assuredly have not.....
          brandon
          • 6 Months Ago
          @brandon
          *that the residual value
          Dean Hammond
          • 6 Months Ago
          @brandon
          used STs arent a dime a dozen so they hold their value pretty damn well.....other models not as well, that said the reason couled be that the Focus outsell the Subies 10 to one, so used theres a bunch more of them...
        brandon
        • 6 Months Ago
        @mapoftazifosho
        Actually, to add to my other comment, and I know it would never happen, but I would actually love a fiesta if it came with AWD. Fun little small car that gets great MPG to drive daily. I just won't drive a FWD car. Period. Been there, don't that. Hated it. AWD or RWD only.
          LAJones3D
          • 6 Months Ago
          @brandon
          The ST's are unlike any FWD car you've ever driven. Having driven BMWs and other RWD cars all my life, I was blown away by the Focus ST. It is that good.
          Dean Hammond
          • 6 Months Ago
          @brandon
          drive an ST on a track...your mind may change...
          Dean Hammond
          • 6 Months Ago
          @brandon
          @LA jones...refreshing....comments from someone THATS DRIVEN ONE....
        EvilTollMan
        • 6 Months Ago
        @mapoftazifosho
        I have a feeling Subaru will release a wagon/hatch variant of the WRX/STi
          brandon
          • 6 Months Ago
          @EvilTollMan
          What I don't understand in regards to that is the fact that they already have a hatch. It's not like they would be building something new. But clearly some bean counter somewhere thought it was a bad idea. For what reason the rest of the world will never know.
      IBx27
      • 6 Months Ago
      The invasion is starting! Welcome, third American hot hatch(and third from Ford) for sale in America to ever be done right!
      Junkyard Willie
      • 6 Months Ago
      No AWD, no care.
      Matt
      • 6 Months Ago
      This spy photography should have lowered his camera 2 inches in the 3rd-to-last pic, and we could see if it has a rear diff.
      carguy1701
      • 6 Months Ago
      Look at the last pic. The center caps are missing, but you can see there is no axle nut. Therefore, this car doesn't have AWD.
        carguy1701
        • 6 Months Ago
        @carguy1701
        *no axle nut on the rear
        Dogleg_the_axis
        • 6 Months Ago
        @carguy1701
        Looks like they mounted four front mustang svt wheels. anyhoo, this is what diehard focus fans have been waiting for.
          carguy1701
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Dogleg_the_axis
          These are a different design than the GT500 wheels.
        carguy1701
        • 6 Months Ago
        @carguy1701
        Looking at the pics again, it looks like I might be wrong. There does appear to be an axle nut back there. http://media.caranddriver.com/images/14q2/607211/2016-ford-focus-rs-hatchback-spy-photo-photo-607529-s-1280x782.jpg
      • 6 Months Ago
      I disagree with what others are saying about this just being an updated Focus ST. Look at the intercooler. As Paris Hilton would say, that's huge. Much bigger than a stock Focus ST intercooler. Also strange that if this is an ST they are using as a test mule it has the Focus SE wing, the the bigger ST wing.
      cpmanx
      • 6 Months Ago
      If you believe Top Gear, the RS will indeed remain FWD. Seems strange to me, but that's been the RS approach.
      xspeedy
      • 6 Months Ago
      If FWD, I am sure it will have a revo knuckle to deal with torque steer and a LSD to help with traction. I'm on board.
      Psyclist
      • 6 Months Ago
      Maximum Catfish! I applaud ford for making these hot hatches, too bad GM cant see this market and make a serious effort into it. Looking at getting a Fiesta ST soon
      Avinash Machado
      • 6 Months Ago
      Great news.
      CarGuy37
      • 6 Months Ago
      I'd prefer a Fiesta RS. Keep the same engine.
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