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Ford Focus RS Confirmed, Will be Available Globally

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/11/2014 Alex Nishimoto

Ford CEO Mark Fields confirmed today that the Focus RS will be available globally, including in the U.S. The model will offer even greater performance than the Focus ST, and possibly even get all-wheel drive.

Ford didn’t give us any more details on the upcoming hot hatch, but we’ve spied several prototypes for the Focus RS previously in Europe, and have heard plenty about its performance credentials. The next Ford Focus RS is expected to pack Ford’s new turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost I-4, which is shared with the Mustang, Lincoln MKC, and now Ford Explorer. In the RS, however, the 2.3-liter is said to make as much as 350 hp. We’ve also heard that the RS will get an all-wheel drive system for the first time. The last Focus RS for Europe sent 305 hp from a Volvo-sourced 2.5-liter turbo I-5 to the front wheels, but the new RS is rumored to use an all-wheel drive system with front and rear torque vectoring. Ford also didn’t give any hints as to when the Focus RS might debut, but we’ve heard it might make an appearance at the 2015 Geneva show next March. Ford Focus RS prototype© Provided by MotorTrend Ford Focus RS prototype

In other Ford go-fast news, the Blue Oval announced that it will introduce more than 12 new performance models, including Focus RS, by 2020. All of them will be available globally. As part of the company’s One Ford plan, all of the automaker’s separate performance divisions, including Ford Racing, Ford SVT, and Team RS, will be merged into one organization called Ford Performance. The team will be led by Mustang chief engineer Dave Pericak, who has just been appointed director of Global Ford Performance. Ford Performance will develop new vehicles at Ford’s engineering centers around the world, including the new technical center in Charlotte, N.C.

Source: Ford

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