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

Article by Christian A., 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.

Ford’s new Focus RS revealed itself to the global public at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The high-performing road car establishes the ground-breaking Ford’s Performance All-Wheel-Drive and provides best in class cornering, electrifying performance, and unrestrained drive enjoyment.

The new Focus RS also presents cutting-edge drive technologies and is Ford’s RS that comes with different Drive Modes - including the first Drift Mode in the industry - and Launch Control.

With a 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine capable of more than 320 PS, the high-performing road vehicle extends the strongest Ford RS brake system to date. Its vivid exterior also presents optimal cooling and aerodynamics, with zero lift and drag at 9 percent less than the prior Focus RS.

The Focus RS is the newest car to be introduced as part of a new Ford performance era that will offer customers worldwide a choice of over 12 vehicles until 2020. Not just to please devotees, these cars will assist the company deliver its One Ford plan for revenue growth, excellent products, and every aspect of business innovation.

Created by a tight knit team of European and US Ford engineers, this is the third Focus RS generation, following launches in 2002 and 2009. The 30th car to be endowed with the signature RS emblem, it follows technology innovators like the 1970 16-valve Escort RS1600, the 1985 Sierra RS turbocharged Cosworth with thorough aerodynamics, and the 1992 four-wheel-drive Escort RS Cosworth.

The new Focus RS is the first RS to go on sale in North America and is to be manufactured for every market at Ford's Saarlouis, Germany, plant starting in late 2015.

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