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2014-06-11 10:55

SPOTTED ON THE AUTOBAHN: Spy photographers spotted a prototype Focus RS with camouflaged exhausts (inset) on Germany’s autobahn. Ford’s RS-badged Focus could make its debut in 2016. Image: Automedia

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Ford has been hesitant to release information on its next RS-badged Focus but in 2013 Wheels24 reported on a early prototype being tested, revealing changes to the front.

Now (June 2014) our photographers have caught what is to be the new Ford Focus RS being driven along a German freeway.

GALLERY: Ford Focus RS in winter testing

The cleverly disguised prototype is well hidden by a body with ST styling elements but the rear differs in one important detail: instead of a centre-mounted pair of slim exhausts this RS variant has two huge pipes.

TO BE LAUNCHED IN 2016?

The new RS is expected to use a four-cylinder 2.3 EcoBoost engine capable of 223-260kW. It will reportedly send power to the front wheels vehicle through an electronic differential.

While this sounds like a recipe for torque steer, the Focus RS is slated to use the automaker’s Revoknuckle front suspension, one designed specifically for high-performance front-wheel-drive applications.

The Ford Focus RS could be launched in 2016 as its launch delay will likely make the high-performance hatchback a last hurrah for the current Focus as it is expected to be replaced in 2017.


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