Ford Focus RS Could Be Coming Stateside with as much as 350 HP
We were quite chipper a year or so back when we heard that the all-new Focus ST would be finding its tangerine self in dealers nationwide. With a 2.0L 4-cylinder 250-hp turbocharged engine, it’s as much fun as a barrel full of monkeys. Now, just as we’ve had enough time to fall in love with the hunchback, new rumors suggest that the even more pleasurable Ford Focus RS should be on sale in the U.S. within the next few years...and with even more power. This new report coming from PistonHeads.com, suggests that with Ford’s new global strategy, we could see the new RS stateside in the next few years with as much as 350-hp, aka, 100 more than the ST. Yeah.
Chances are, Ford will take advantage of either the same 2.0L variant found in the ST boosted to 300-hp, or more likely, their 2.3L EcoBoost capable of the aforementioned 350-hp will be the culprit. Like most front-wheel drive, 300+ hp cars though, torque steer and handling are a major issue, one though, that Ford engineers say they will combat with a high-tech front limited slip differential developed from former BMW M engineers GKN. Although details are still slim, we should expect more rumors to emerge on this 350-hp hot hatch as the LA Auto Show nears.