What Happened to the Ford Focus RS?
This last week marked a huge accomplishment for the folks over at Ford. The company’s massive performance debut in Detroit will go down in history as one of the best lineup’s ever shown at any auto show. However, with all the hullaballoo surrounding the Ford performance onslaught, one glaringly obvious missing debut got swept under the rug. What happened to the Focus RS? Leading up to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, many publications had the Focus RS pegged to be one of the performance vehicles Ford was set to debut. But when the curtain dropped — there wasn't an RS to be found. There could be a few reasons as to why this happened (or didn't happen). RELATED: See More Photos of the Ford Focus RS
Ford could have decided that the new Focus RS was too important of a car to be sidelined during this show. If debuted, it would have played second or third fiddle to the GT and GT350R. The GT was the star of the show, after all. Holding back the Focus RS for a later debut is definitely a plausible explanation. But there is a second theory. One that we hope won't come to fruition.
After months of speculation — and plenty of market analysis — Ford decided the RS just wasn't right for America. Hypothetically. It might still be hard for the Ford bean counters to make the case for a 350-horsepower, AWD Focus that would likely take the company’s Mustang to school. Granted, we’ve seen the spy shots, and Ford’s CEO Mark Fields told AutoWeek that the Focus RS was definitely headed stateside. But still, it's not a sure thing.
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While we sincerely hope that the latter isn’t the case, it definitely could be. Just look at all the other unofficial confirmations the industry has given out throughout its history. I hope that the former is true and that Ford will bring the Focus RS to the Chicago Auto Show next months or the New York Auto Show in just a few months. Please Ford, don’t let us down, we really want an AWD Focus RS that will destroy our brains.
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