Finally! Ford Focus RS Coming to America
For years, North American Ford Focus enthusiasts could do nothing but gaze across open ocean, imagining what it might be like to own Ford’s hottest of hatches - the Ford Focus RS. Note that we used past tense. Following a press conference in Detroit on Thursday – it’s official – the Ford Focus RS has gotten its green card, and is America-bound … in fact, quicker than we might have expected. The RS will join the Ford lineup for 2016, but will likely debut next month at the Detroit Auto Show. The holidays have come early! (Pictured above is the 2009 EU-spec RS.) RELATED: Learn more about the 2009 Ford Focus RS
Raj Nair, vice president of Ford Global Product Development, mentioned this in his notes on the impending RS, “to earn the RS badge, the vehicle has to be a no-compromise driver’s car.” Frankly, he might as well have said, “You won the lottery,” because that is exactly what every hot hatch hooligan wants to hear.
The new Focus RS, like its predecessor, will sit atop the highest rung in the Focus range, one slot directly above the Focus ST, which will continue on. The ST packs a turbocharged 252-horsepower four-banger. Given that the RS needs to be quite a bit burlier, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost from underneath the new Mustang ought to – and likely will – do the trick. Drive-type remains up in the air, though we’d side with the front-drive crowd on this one.
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Suppress those grins though, there’s some serious corporate news too. The US-bound Focus RS represents the first in a slew of new vehicles to come forth underneath Ford’s new global performance umbrella, to be known as … well … Ford Performance. The lineup already includes the current Focus and Fiesta ST, Raptor, new Mustang and Shelby GT350, as well as 11 other hot performers claimed to be on the way before 2020.
Your move Honda. Let’s see that Civic Type R on American soil.
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