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When it comes to forbidden fruit, few vehicles are spoken of in as hushed a tone as the Ford Focus RS. The turbocharged, five-cylinder hot hatch could only be seen from afar by American customers as it tore up the roads of Europe. And while it's safe to say that Ford's Yankee fans are quite happy to now be on equal footing with drivers in the old country thanks to the Focus ST, we doubt there'd be much protestation over a successor to the RS arriving stateside.

Of course, we've seen images of the new RS undergoing testing, but a new story by Road and Track aims to fill in some very large blanks in our knowledge of that car, thanks to a pair of mysterious insiders at the Ford. Chief among those is this – the RS will almost certainly make its way to the US, albeit in limited quantities. It gets better, though.

Under hood, the new RS is unsurprisingly expected to borrow the 2.3-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder from the 2015 Ford Mustang and 2015 Lincoln MKC. While that twin-scroll turbo produces 310 horsepower in the Mustang and 285 ponies in the MKC, R&T expects the RS to deliver quite a bit more firepower – 325 to 350 hp, with preference going to the higher output due to the limited-edition nature of the RS. This roughly fits with previous reports.

R&T has it from two sources that the RS will use an all-wheel-drive system, which we imagine will be a must with so much power. The system will be totally distinct from Ford's other car-based AWD systems, and will feature torque-vectoring for even sharper handling. This system should, according to R&T, trickle down to other applications (AWD Focus ST?).

While this all seems like excellent news, as is always the case, we'd caution against counting your chickens, at least until the new model hatches. Skepticism aside, what do you think of this news? How much would you be willing to shell out for a 350-hp, AWD Focus? What other features would you like to see from Ford? Have your say in Comments.


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      BillB
      • 10 Months Ago


      Own an STI now and love it except for the brake activated understeer control that can't be turned off.  Would sign up for an RS in a heartbeat.

       

      scooters2
      • 10 Months Ago

      Seeing as how the 2wd model easily goes for about $27k, I have to imagine it will touch into the 30s. 

        jonnybimmer
        • 10 Months Ago
        @scooters2

        Not really a big deal, what 300 hp AWD performance car sells below 30k nowadays anyways?

        JayP
        • 10 Months Ago
        @scooters2

        Just bought my ST for $19k.
        Maybe I shoulda waited???

      Winnie Jenkems
      • 10 Months Ago

      Will the AWD be a full time rear-biased system? It should be. It should also extend to Lincoln models.

        hubemx
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Winnie Jenkems

        Of course not. This car is based in a FWD car.

          Winnie Jenkems
          • 10 Months Ago
          @hubemx

          So is every Audi except the R8.
          They can do the rear-bias thing, and they do it quite well. Why can't Ford?

          Nick Allain
          • 10 Months Ago
          @hubemx

          The Evo is based on a FWD and it's split 50/50. It also has a real LSD. Though I'm not certain ford will go that far. I'll be very concerned if "torque vectoring" is just ABS based.

          Dean Hammond
          • 10 Months Ago
          @hubemx

          still easy to dial in where one gets the best benefits....heck, could even be 100% to the rear in certain situations although I doubt it...oh, and 3...2...1...till someone sqarks about a "real" LSD......

          carguy1701
          • 10 Months Ago *Edited*
          @hubemx

          Not quite, Winnie.  The A4-up, as well as the Q7 and Q5, are based on VW Groups MLB platform, which uses a longitudinally mounted engine, and has a center diff (from Torsen).  Not the same thing as what this would be.  Only AWD car with a center diff and a transverse engine currently in production is the Evo.

        ronald
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Winnie Jenkems

        what ford needs is a two speed rear end

        FuelToTheFire
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Winnie Jenkems

        It's FWD all the way up till the wheels slip...at which point 50% of the torque is transferred to the rear wheels. I other words, same old, same old.

          Jasonn
          • 10 Months Ago
          @FuelToTheFire

          From my understanding Ford's current AWD system is only capable of transferring 10%-15% of the power to the rear wheels...

          john m
          • 10 Months Ago
          @FuelToTheFire

          @jasonn, the awd system in the Fusion goes from 70% front wheels/30% rear wheels.  But at times it can go 60% front/ 40% rear.  But it's not a performance awd system.

      Andre Neves
      • 10 Months Ago

      Fiesta RS please!!!

      herrstreet
      • 10 Months Ago

       As an "old" who needs a bit more space than a Focus can provide... I'd love to see this engine in a performance version of the Fusion.  Fusion SHO or SVT perhaps?


        Szientific1
        • 10 Months Ago
        @herrstreet

        The Fusion Deserves a performance model! Its so good looking and has such a great chassis, that could be a real gem! An instant classic. Imagine a more aggressive nose/air dam, a tasteful body kit and about an inch less ride height. Beautiful!

        Rob H
        • 10 Months Ago
        @herrstreet

        I passed on Fusion and took the Escape and while I prefer many things about Fusion, I needed room for a wheelchair... hatches, including Focus, can hold one. You probably mean seat space though and the Fusion is a tad wider.


        That said, I'd really like to see an AWD Fusion, even using the current 2L and simply adding AWD. Had I been able to find one, my Escape would be AWD. Couldn't though(in south FL) and now I just constantly miss my AWD.

          John Brooks
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Rob H

          You guys know they DO have an AWD Fusion right?

          John Brooks
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Rob H

          You know they DO have a 2.0 AWD Fusion right? You can build it on Ford's website right now...

        john m
        • 10 Months Ago
        @herrstreet

        That's what I want too.  I have a feeling it ain't gonna happen though but if Ford built a hi po version of the Fusion, I'd buy it.

      jonnybimmer
      • 10 Months Ago *Edited*

      I'll believe it when it happens, but if it does, it'll probably take a good piece of Golf R/STI market, as well as possibly stealing some A3/S3 sales. 

      JayP
      • 10 Months Ago

      Ford has a history of going 8/10s.
      Ecoboost 2.3 and a Haldex would make me cry.

      BALLS OUT FORD!

        Matt
        • 10 Months Ago
        @JayP

        Implementing AWD on a historically high HP FWD car and using an engine that's also only used by the Mustang? Seems pretty ballsy. But I'll agree they shat the bed if they end up using open diffs all around and relying on the brakes for torque vectoring. Haldex would be better than nothing but I think it should be a proper Torsen diff front and rear.

          carguy1701
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Matt
          Haldex systems are reactive.  Ford doesn't use Haldex systems anymore (they use JKECT systems, which are still reactive).
        john m
        • 10 Months Ago
        @JayP

        I agree.  Ford always seems to make cars that are 80-90% complete.  There's always something missing from their cars.  And yes, a 2.3T with Haldex would make me cry too.

      Avinash Machado
      • 10 Months Ago

      A Focus RS AWD would be a nice replacement for Acid Tonic's Evo.

        AcidTonic
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Avinash Machado

        Then it'd be Acid Tonic's Focus RS.....

        I doubt they will come close to the sophistication of 2 electronic differentials in a permanent full-time 50:50 split with a mechanical LSD up front and forged aluminum suspension all around....


        But if they do I will buy one for sure.

      William
      • 10 Months Ago

      Where's the 2-door model? 

      Rick Novak
      • 10 Months Ago

      Strongly consider trading in my Evo X for this. Hard to top the S-AWC however. Subaru still hasn't with the 2015 STi...

      FuelToTheFire
      • 10 Months Ago

      OK, so instead of making it a FWD torque steer monster, they now will now equip it with a half assed FWD--until-wheelslip AWD. Whoop de fricking do!

        smilez1105
        • 10 Months Ago
        @FuelToTheFire

        Dont feed the troll.

          carguy1701
          • 10 Months Ago
          @smilez1105

          I hate to say this, but he's probably right (first time for everything).  Only AWD Ford has for passenger cars is reactive systems, and I can't see them developing a system similar to S-AWC for use on only one car.

        Kenya
        • 10 Months Ago
        @FuelToTheFire

        so , you like torque steer ? the awd will make all things better .

        Winnie Jenkems
        • 10 Months Ago
        @FuelToTheFire

        Yeah, pretty much.

        AcidTonic
        • 10 Months Ago
        @FuelToTheFire

        Agreed if theres open diffs and not a full-time 50:50 split (or something very close)

      mookieblaylock
      • 10 Months Ago

      if it's ultra low availability in the US as reported forget about it, 2ok mark ups ha ha

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