SPIED: Next Focus RS
NEXT RS IN THE WORKS: Although its still in early development the camouflage at the front hints at the face lifted Focus hatch as well as the next RS-badged Ford.
For a while, it looked like the MkIII Ford Focus RS was never going to happen, with the automaker preferring to develop an electric Focus instead.
As it happened, going green wasn’t the future of the brand as thousands of orders for its ST make the EV look like a failure.
Spy images of the first test mule for the Focus RS, based on the ST body, have been captured.
The model shows what could become the next RS-badged Focus and most importantly previewing a facelift for the standard Focus hatch.
Ford used important technologies to make the old RS special; RevoKnuckle for the suspension to limit torque steer, and a Quaife limited slip differential to send the power where it should be.
Powering the beast is expected to be a four-cylinder 2.3 EcoBoost which could produce as much as 260kW, though current reports indicate 250kW. The engine will drive power to the front wheels, as the Focus RS is still not expected to sport all-wheel drive.
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