Ford is expected to be launching a revised version of the Focus ST soon, but the latest snapshots from our spy photographers at the Nürburgring suggest that the Blue Oval is already working on an even more potent example: the new Focus RS.

Though the partially disguised test mule is wearing an ST badge (along with a Dewey sticker that makes us wonder what adventures Huey and Louie are up to and what manner of duck-tail rear spoiler they may be wearing), there are several tell-tale signs that something else is afoot here. There's a larger front air dam, bigger brake calipers, dual exhaust tips (instead of the central exhaust on the ST) and a reshaped wing protruding from the trailing edge of the roof.

That may all be well and fine, but what's under the hood? We don't know yet for sure, but word has it that Ford is preparing to port over the 2.3-liter turbo four offered in the new Mustang, where it packs 305 horsepower and almost as much torque – potentially retuned to produce even more for the top-of-the-line Focus, which could channel it all to the front wheels like the last model or pack an all-wheel drive system. The Global C platform on which the Focus is based does, after all, also underpin AWD models like the Ford Escape and Lincoln MKC.

Of course there's no telling if the Focus RS would make it Stateside, but Ford could take inspiration from the popularity of the Focus ST here and bring it over. Considering that the last batch of spy shots we saw of the Focus RS prototype were snapped on US soil, our hopes are rising.


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      Michael
      • 6 Months Ago
      Dear Ford, Please make it AWD and manual, and bring it to the US! Sincerely, Fed up with Subaru
      poopoohead100
      • 6 Months Ago
      Hurray for hot hatches! Some of us like our cars to be both engaging and practical.
      Design1stCode2nd
      • 6 Months Ago
      With Subaru abandoning the hatch with the latest version of the WRX and STI it would be nice if Ford stepped in with a 300+ hp AWD Focus RS. VW will be bringing the Golf R and hopefully Mazda will do battle with a new AWD Speed 3. Since that would be totally awesome it means it won’t happen.
        AcidTonic
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Design1stCode2nd
        Amen..... It might actually get a guy like me to go into their dealership. We need a non-haldex, full-time AWD with at least a rear LSD and a manual transmission.... Otherwise it ain't happening.
          carguy1701
          • 6 Months Ago
          @AcidTonic
          It'll be a Haldex system. Guess y'all ain't going to a Ford dealer any time soon.
      ffelix422
      • 6 Months Ago
      Do it already.
      360_AD
      • 6 Months Ago
      I just don't see Ford bringing this state-side to cannibalize sales from the 4 cylinder turbo Mustang. But, there is always hope.
      SpacemanSpiff
      • 6 Months Ago
      If they bring it I WILL buy one. I've been on the fence between a Focus ST and Fiesta ST. I love my Fiesta SE but it needs about twice the HP. I like the Focus too but I haven't spent much time driving one. On my next purchase I want something with the convenience of my hatch but way quicker, and I don't mind something up into the mid $30k range. If an RS shows up here by that time (a couple of years), with AWD and in that price range, it'll be a no-brainer as far as I'm concerned. I do like the STI (wish they hadn't dropped the hatch, though) and GTI, and would certainly consider those but all the foreign dealers are 150 miles away. There's a Ford dealer 5 min away, that's a big deciding factor for me. There's also Chevy and Dodge (yeah, I live in the middle of nowhere) but Chevy has nothing interesting and Dodge doesn't seem interested in coming out with an SRT Dart, so Ford it is.
      MayTheBestCarWin05
      • 6 Months Ago
      Please sweet baby Jesus let this be real. Why should Europe and Subaru enjoy all the fun AWD hot hatches. BRING IT ON FORD
      capn233
      • 6 Months Ago
      Hopefully they seriously consider the AWD if they really plan on throwing the 2.3L in there.
      RobG
      • 6 Months Ago
      If it comes over here with AWD and a real manual transmission, I will buy one. Then I'll make a point of embarrassing WRXes and STIs whenever possible, while thumbing my nose at their refusal to make a wagon version.
        Gorgenapper
        • 6 Months Ago
        @RobG
        It'd be hard for you to embarrass an STI.... ...if only because the STI will be in the shop for busted ringlands or spun bearings.
      tiguan2.0
      • 6 Months Ago
      This too require 93 octane?
        turbo_awd
        • 6 Months Ago
        @tiguan2.0
        Well, if they bring it to the US, they'll have to retune it for 91, due to California. 91 is the best you can get here :-( However, I really, REALLY hope they bring it and can price it competitively against the STI..
          carguy1701
          • 6 Months Ago
          @turbo_awd
          >California Found yer problem.
          AcidTonic
          • 6 Months Ago
          @turbo_awd
          Not in the same class. It would have be more than 26K(ST) but less than 35K (Evo/STI). Tough price point. Without it being AWD it cannot justify the price to run with the big dogs.
          Matt
          • 6 Months Ago
          @turbo_awd
          The last RS ran with the big dogs so from a price for performance it is justified, maybe not features for price. Who said it isn't AWD? Autoblog? The couple proven insiders on the Focus forums are all saying the same thing, AWD and 2016.
        carguy1701
        • 6 Months Ago
        @tiguan2.0
        Uh, yeah. It's a high output forced induction engine, Aaron. Those generally require high test.
        carguy1701
        • 6 Months Ago
        @tiguan2.0
        Uh, yeah. It's a high output forced induction engine, Aaron. Those generally require high test.
      Chris
      • 6 Months Ago
      Dew we...YES! Build it and bring it stateside. And if you put an automatic in it, maybe I can convince the wife THIS is her next car!
      Shomare
      • 6 Months Ago
      Check out www.fordrsnation.com for news and rumors. AWD reportedly confirmed.
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