This is it, the all-new third generation Ford Focus RS, also the most extreme Focus to roll out of the model line to date. It’s introduced under the Ford Performance banner as part of a programme to produce 12 new high performance models by the year 2020.
Its powertrain is expected to be derived from the Ford Mustang’s EcoBoost 2.3-litre turbocharged four cylinder engine, while paired to a six-speed manual or a six-speed dual clutch transmission. The engine is rumoured to produce more than 330 horsepower and torque over the 440 Nm mark, although no official figures have been released so far.
If those are indeed the numbers to go with the Focus RS, then we can expect some serious competition in the high performance hot hatch arena, taking on the likes of Mercedes A45 AMG and Volkswagen Mk7 Golf R.
Four wheel drive is unlikely, though the RS is said to be front wheel driven with Ford’s intelligent RevoKnuckle torque steer-reducing front suspension system. Its exterior look remains largely the same as the current Focus ST, save for some RS-specific features such as the more aggressive front bumper, now with more air intakes including the presumable brake cooling ducts.
The wheels will definitely be larger and wrapped with fatter tyres, while its rear styling sports dual exhaust pipes and a redesigned bumper and diffuser, the latter hinting at the adoption of a flat underbody for better aerodynamics. Like the ST variant, the Focus may only be offered in a five-door configuration.
The car has been seen lapping the Nürburgring and near the brand’s headquarters in Dearborn, just outside Detroit. Speaking of which, the RS is expected to make its world debut as early as next year. We’re guessing it will make its appearance at the 2015 Detroit Motor Show next month. Watch this space for the latest updates on the Focus RS, then!