New Ford Focus RS Possibility In Jeopardy
With the new Ford Focus ST capturing the heart’s of hot hatch enthusiasts stateside, fans have been clambering for an even hotter variant. Like the Europe-only RS line, customers were hoping for a chance to have an American-bound version of their own. But that may never happen. Sitting down with Ford’s European chief Stephen Odell recently, Autocar found out that “There’s nothing to talk about,” regarding a new RS. “It’s great that we have a proud past with RS, and it’s clear it has acted as a halo product and a way of linking to our racing programs, but for now there is nothing to say,” continued Odell. PHOTOS: See More of the 2011 Ford Focus RS500
This is surprising news considering a near confirmation back in February, with spy shots of the RS testing. But, reports say that a 330-horsepower RS could interfere with the new Mustang and its sales formula.
That being said, a Ford Focus RS slotted above the Focus and Fiesta ST does sound extremely enticing. We’ll just have to wait and see how this one pans out...
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