The arrival of the production version of the Focus RS
won't be happening until 2009, but during the London
Motor Show in July, we'll get our first glimpse of Ford's
newest road rocket. Top Gear
conjured up some unofficial renderings of what the new RS would look like based on the teaser image
that was released earlier this year, and by all accounts, it's mix of restrained aggression and planted purposefulness hits all the right spots and leaves us even more frustrated that we won't be seeing it here in the States.
As for output, informed speculation still pegs the RS as making around 280-300 hp from its turbocharged, inline five-cylinder and sending that grunt to the front wheels. Ford has decided to opt out of equipping the RS with an all-wheel-drive system – something that may prove problematic if it still wants to compete with the Evo and STI – but Ford is assuring enthusiasts that a semi-active limited-slip differential will keep torque steer in check.
[Source: Top Gear