The first official images with the Ford Focus RS have hit the web ahead of today’s proper reveal.

[update] HorsePowerKings is reporting a 330 bhp output which seems more legit. AWD is also on the menu while the 0-60 mph sprint should take 4.5s. US pricing to kick off at $37,850.

The first official images with the Ford Focus RS have hit the web ahead of today's proper reveal.

Wearing a Liquid Blue paint scheme just like the Ford GT, the highly anticipated Focus RS is almost here with a more aggressive body, bigger air vents and a rear wing. It also gets a fresh set of double-spoke alloy wheels along with a rear diffuser and two large exhaust pipes while the sport-tuned suspension has lowered the hot hatch considerably.

More importantly, the model is believed to get a torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system while under the hood it's the Mustang’s four-cylinder 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine which according to EVO is estimated to deliver a rather hard to believe 250 bhp (186 kW) which would make it considerably less powerful than the pony car rated at 310 bhp (231 kW). Nevertheless, the Focus RS should still be capable of doing a sub five-second 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) run.

The aforementioned AWD system can deliver up to 70 percent of the engine's power to the rear wheels and from there on up to 100 percent can be split to each side.

As far as the interior is concerned, the Ford Focus RS gets the usual extra dails in the center of the dashboard along with Recaro seats as standard but at an additional cost it can be configured with optional bucket seats.

A full reveal is scheduled for later today so stay tuned.

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