Ford Confirms Launch Of New Focus RS Along With 11 Other Performance Models
|   Thursday, December 25, 2014
Ford Focus will get an RS version in the near future. This version will be accompanied in the range by 11 other performance models, which will be launched by 2020. Ford confirmed the production version of the Focus RS after months of speculation about the future of this model, but has not revealed any official news about the future Focus RS specification.

The second generation Focus RS remained without successor in 2011 when the third generation of the compact of Ford was launched.
The performance model was taken out of production anyway since it was built in a limited edition and all units were sold.

The first information about the new Focus RS suggested a 2.3 EcoBoost engine rated at 350 hp that will engage the front wheels.
Ford group vice president of global product development, Raj Nair, said that "To earn the RS badge, the vehicle has to be a no-compromise driver's car that can deliver exceptional performance on the track when required while providing excellent every day driving".

In other words, it is not sufficient to get a more powerful engine and an aerodynamic kit to convert a Ford model into an RS, but there will be 12 performance models in Ford's future offer expected to be launched up to 2020.

The new Ford Focus RS will be sold in almost all markets in the same formula that will be available under the One Ford strategy. The model will be easily recognizable, being expected to be offered in shades of special bodywork and highlighted aerodynamic package.

The front wheel drive format will be retained by the folks at Ford, both for cost reasons and performance related reasons. Thus, the previous generation model has demonstrated that it is possible to maintain adherence even at high power levels over the front axle when the chassis and suspension are correctly configured.

Going by rumors, the new car will have 2 large trapezoidal grilles for taking in air into the engine, flanked by air vents on the sides, feeding fresh air to the improved brakes. The lowered body continues along the sills of the car and goes around to a camouflaged diffuser in the rear with 2 tailpipes.

At this moment, Ford is performing aerodynamic tests on the body, so the initial estimated saying the car will arrive sometime in 2016 still holds water, but perhaps a surprise or two might be in stored for us. However, a 2015 arrival might be far-fetched, seeing that previous model history tells us a different story, with the Generation 1 Focus RS selling from 2002-2003, and the Generation 2 RS in 2009-2010.

Ford has a long and proud history of creating rally-car levels of grip, power and poise at a relatively cheap prize, but we shouldn't expect anything less than 46,000 dollars.

Like many other high-performance variants from other automakers, the Focus RS is generally offered late in the life cycle of the Focus it's based on. It is used to increase the interest in the full Focus line as it nears replacement. However, Ford may want to introduce this new model sooner to help maximize sales.
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