With the relentless teasing that Ford has done, details about the 2015 Focus RS are always welcome. So far, the car hasn’t been officially signed off but its engineers have a very clear idea of what this vehicle will be and how they intend to get it. An insider from Team RS said that at least 320bhp is needed.
What fans consider unfortunate is that this model won’t be getting the high-boost 2.5-litre five-cylinder. Engineers wanted this engine but it was far from being fuel-efficient. The fact that Volvo produces this engine is also an issue since their ties have already been severed.
What the new RS will get instead is a 2.3-litre four, with turbo, direct injection and balance shafts. This engine is scheduled to be used in the Mustang sometime in 2014 but it’s likely that a RS Focus will receive an added boost.
The engine also has to be re-engineered for the transverse mounting of the Focus. The RS may receive a tailored synthetic sound as the Ford has already developed active noise cancellation and synthesis for the approaching Mondeo.
This thrust is sent to the front wheels. It’s surprising that there is no Golf R-style 4WD but it’s true that this platform has a 4WD derivative in the form of the next Kuga. However, this is a high-riding crossover and so the 4WD system can’t be fitted under a lowered sports chassis if the floor isn’t moved.
Ford's global hot-car chief Jost Capito has been consistent in saying that 4WD adds a lot of weight to an RS. A source said that it’s probable that people won’t pay extra for it.