Next-generation Focus RS on hold as Ford wants a Fiesta RS

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 4, 2012

There is a very small chance to see a new Focus RS, according to the latest reports from Autocar magazine. Apparently, the British magazine says that a Fiesta RS model is more likely than a Focus RS. Still, it too early to give you details regarding the Focus RS, as nobody knows for sure how the new car will look or what it will carry under its hood.

Previously, the media reported that the next-generation Focus RS will be different from the last model, which delivers 300 hp using just the front wheels and thanks to its novel RevoKnuckle suspension. The new model will be developed by Ford’s Special Vehicles Team (SVT).

For those who don’t know, Ford’s SVT leader Jost Capito moved to Volkswagen and now he is working on the Polo R. As a result, Ford is currently less certain about which direction the new car will take. The financial part is also decisive, as a Fiesta RS will not be able to achieve the same success as the last Focus RS.

Currently, Ford’s SVT team is working on the Fiesta ST and it seems that this is an easier project comparing it with the Focus ST because the suspension used on this model will be an updated and upgraded version of the previous Fiesta’s.

Although a Fiesta RS is possible and would not prove technically difficult, a Focus RS is also a big dream. This model could be powered by an EcoBoost engine delivering around 330 hp and could use a 4WD drivetrain. A FWD Focus RS could also be produced, but SVT engineers confirmed that they could put together a 4WD demonstration mule in fairly short order once a decision is made. Regarding the markets, United States will love a Focus RS, as this model is larger than the Fiesta and would offered at a bigger price.

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