Is Ford Already Developing a Hotter Focus RS?
For the first time ever, Ford will bring the much loved, much sought after Focus RS hot-hatch to the U.S. Using a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the new Focus RS develops 345 horsepower and can hit 60 miles per hour in just 4.7 seconds. However, with the Focus RS still months away from hitting dealerships, or even getting into the hands of journalists, Ford is said to be already developing an even more potent version. According to Autocar, “Ford insiders have confirmed that an even more hardcore version of the 345bhp five-door is under consideration- and it has the potential to be the fastest accelerating hatchback in history.” The 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that currently resides in the engine bay of the RS is nowhere near what the engine is capable of. Cobb Tuning has already seen over 370 lb-ft of torque out of the engine with just a Stage 1 tune. RELATED: Check Out More Pictures of the Focus RS Here
Where Ford believes it could see real performance gains is in weight savings. Ford is currently developing its ability to manufacture carbon fiber elements, as seen in the new Ford Mustang GT350 and GT350R. Ford would also likely take out sound insulation, give the Focus RS a set of lightweight seats, and additionally remove some of the rest of the material inside the car to finish the lightweight nature. Overall, taking out around 200 lbs wouldn’t be that difficult.
What will be difficult is charging over $35,000 for a Ford Focus. Volkswagen, Mercedes, and Audi can get away with it because those brands offer a more refined interior and driving dynamic. Offering a $40,000-plus Focus is not going to sit well with consumers unless Ford drastically improves the car, or offers it as a race-prepped iteration.
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The Ford Focus RS will hit dealerships in the spring here in the U.S., and Ford will likely gauge an even hotter version on whether or not the standard Focus RS does well enough to warrant something pricier. The real question for Ford though is, would any enthusiast actually buy a $40,000 Focus? Stay tuned.
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