A US user at FocusFanatics.com spotted this white example of the 2009 Ford Focus RS parked outside on a street corner in Royal Oak, Michigan. The car's Michigan number plate suggested that it belongs to someone at the Ford Motor Company. This RS is obviously in the US for a reason but nothing concrete has been said on this so perhaps a little restraint on the bubbling excitement is a good idea. It is kind of strange though not to have the blue oval's fastest and most powerful everyday hatch available in its home country.
The new Ford Focus has a 2.5-litre turbocharged Duratec engine producing 300bhp (224kW) pumped through the front wheels. That makes it one of the most powerful FWD cars in the world today. According to Ford, AWD was not chosen because the system adds weight, costs and is not good for fuel economy. The last Focus RS was produced six years ago.