Ford sources have confirmed the third generation of the Focus RS will be going on sale sometime in 2015.

Ford sources have confirmed the third generation of the Focus RS will be going on sale sometime in 2015.

Power will reportedly come from a new 4-cylinder, 2.3-liter turbocharged engine developed by Ford to output approximately 330 hp (246 kW). The same engine will also be available for the next-gen Euro-spec Mustang (due in 2014) and will use the most current direct-injection and turbocharging tech promising to reduce fuel consumption.

In the Focus RS, the new engine will be transversely mounted and is expected to have more horsepower and torque compared to the Euro-spec Mustang, as a move to maintain it a flagship model in Ford's European lineup where the bulk of sales are awaited. Although early reports were hinting at electric motors for the rear wheels to cut emissions and boost performance, these plans were eliminated because implementing such tech would have been too expensive.

The 2015 Ford Focus RS will feature the company's Sound Symposer to amplify engine note inside by opening a valve between the engine bay and the cabin. The car will have a Revoknuckle front suspension, just like in the previous RS. This suspension layout has been rejected for the current ST because the engineers considered the electronic torque vectoring system is enough to handle the 247 hp (184 kW) and 265 lb-ft (360 Nm) output.

The new Focus RS will come with a limited slip differential, beefier brakes and tires, along with a sportier interior cabin. It will be sold exclusively in a five-door hatchback variant.