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Spied: Camouflaged Ford Focus RS Tests Near the ‘Ring

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/17/2014 Jason Udy

With the 2015 Ford Mustang reveal out of the way, the automaker is focusing its efforts on its flagship hot hatch. A Ford Focus RS prototype with a camouflaged front end has been spotted near the Nürburgring.

An earlier Ford Focus RS mule wore a temporary front clip, while the latest prototype features a more aggressive hood and bumper that look better suited to the task of keeping the more powerful engine cool. Ford Focus RS prototype© Provided by MotorTrend Ford Focus RS prototype

Where the current Ford Focus ST is powered by a 250-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4, power for the Focus RS is expected to come from a version of the 2015 Ford Mustang’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost I-4. The 2.3-liter makes 310 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque In the Mustang EcoBoost, but in the Focus RS that engine could produce as much as 350 hp. Ford Focus RS prototype© Provided by MotorTrend Ford Focus RS prototype

The last-generation Ford Focus RS was powered by a Volvo-sourced 2.5-liter turbocharged I-5 that sent power to the front wheels with the aid of Ford’s Revoknuckle front suspension. Unlike that model and the current Focus ST, the upcoming Focus RS will feature a new all-wheel drive system. Like the last Focus RS mule, this prototype features upgraded brakes behind its larger 19-inch wheels. Ford Focus RS prototype© Provided by MotorTrend Ford Focus RS prototype

While the last-generation Ford Focus RS was not offered in the U.S., the upcoming model is expected to make it across the pond.

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