The 2016 Ford Focus RS has been caught testing on the Nürburgring and it had the production front bumper.

The 2016 Ford Focus RS has been caught testing on the Nürburgring and it had the production front bumper.

The third generation Focus is set to go out with a bang as the high-powered RS version will be out in 2016, a year before an all-new model will hit the market. Seen in these latest spy photos is a prototype wearing the pre-facelift Focus ST body but with the RS-spec front bumper partially hidden underneath the camouflage along with a different dual exhaust system.

Unlike the previous generation Focus RS which was sold only in a three-door body style, the 2016 Focus RS will be available as a five-door model and is believed to make the switch to a newly developed all-wheel drive layout. It will boast an updated variant of the RevoKnuckle front suspension, a Quaife mechanical limited-slip differential and will likely come with a rear wing which hasn't been fitted on this prototype.

Motivation is expected to come from a four-cylinder, 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine sourced from the Ford Mustang but upgraded to as much as 350 HP (257 kW) sent to both axles probably with help from a six-speed manual gearbox.

The Ford Focus RS is believed to come out by mid-2015 as a 2016MY while US availability is still unknown at this moment.

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