We’ve heard tons of rumors on the new Ford Focus RS; reports have suggested we would see one as early as 2013, while others have claimed a 380-hp coupe version was in the works. This time, we’re hearing the RS will go on sale in select markets in 2015, boasting 330 hp thanks to a turbocharged 2.3-liter I-4, more output than the Euro-spec Mustang may get with the same engine.
Although we already expected the new RS to share its powertrain with the long-rumored 2015 Ford Mustang SVO, Autocar reports that the RS’ power figures will best those of the Mustang at least in Europe, to keep the RS as the halo performance product in Ford’s product range.
While 330 horses seems like a lot of power to squeeze out of a front-drive car, the previous RS’ Revoknuckle front suspension may allow the new hot hatch to effectively put its power down without (much) torque steer. Other features for the new RS include a limited-slip differential, bigger brakes, tires, and a sportier cabin. Like the ST, the RS will also feature a sweet soundtrack via Ford’s Sound Symposer and a four-door hatchback body style. Don’t expect an all-wheel drive system, and it’s not yet clear if the car will reach the U.S.
The new RS will be more powerful than the previous RS, which relied on a Volvo-sourced 2.5-liter inline-five to push 305 hp to the front wheels. Although the Focus RS is still not as fast as the 345-hp Focus RS500, which reportedly hit 62 mph in 5.6 seconds, 330 horses should be more than enough to get the adrenaline pumping.
Should Ford add a Focus RS to the U.S. lineup, or are the Fiesta ST, Focus ST, and Mustang models enough for performance-car enthusiasts?