SPIED: Next Focus RS

2013-03-27 08:24

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.

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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.
Lots more Wheels24 spy shots.


  • Dexter Tangocci - 2013-03-27 11:26

    A 260kw fwd car? Would be interesting to see how it compares to a 188KW Audi S3 Quattro around a track. Complete waste of power if there is no awd IMO

  • Erik Poncho's Van Wyk - 2013-03-27 13:39

    If they are challenging RS3, M135i and to come A45AMG then I dont think FWD is gonna cut it. This car deserves 4WD

  • ronald.ragadza - 2013-03-27 18:13

    Technology is improving everyday and its good to see Ford going to the extreme with FWD. Go for it Ford.

  • Jason - 2013-03-27 21:07

    Amazing technology and awesome power, but still such an ugly little car, with a Cortina badge, racing from robot to robot. Pity.

      Jean Rossouw - 2013-03-28 07:16

      Let me guess, Toyoya of VW fan are we????!!

  • Kwashirai Chigodora - 2013-04-09 11:19

    Our fantasies demand 4WD... practicality demands FWD.... if they can develop 4WD beating technology on a FWD that will be the day things change a lot. but for now, we will just have to accept that the best Focus cannot compete with all the other hot hatches because it is limited by its sensible FWD setup. They had XR4i and such in the past. maybe they learnt that it is not good business sense and not nearly what the car buyers really need.

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