Ford Focus RS to hit American Shores by 2016?

Ford Focus RS Rumored for US by 2016, Photo by Kahn Design

Article by Anthony Alaniz. Images by Ford Media and Kahn Design.

Hot hatches.

You want one. We want one. I want one. Everyone wants one.

While the horsepower war has been dutifully wound up by the Mustang, Camaro and Challenger in an epic pissing contest, a new segment of performance cars has emerged out of the automotive slump of the 2000s—hot hatches.

These three- and five-door machines combine the convenience of front- or all-wheel drive with peppy, usually turbocharged engines for a relatively reasonable price. They are the type of cars that are fun and practical—something wherein the bigger, V-8 offerings usually make compromises.

A source budding up with Road & Track has leaked that the Ford Focus RS will be coming to our shores, but with a unique feature—all-wheel drive.

Ford Focus RS Rumored for US by 2016 Front View

According to Road & Track, the new car forgoes the previous car’s inline-5 engine for Ford’s new turbocharged 2.3-liter, four-cylinder harnessing the power of Ford’s Ecoboost technology. It is the same mill going into the 2015 Ford Mustang. Talk about irony.

Horsepower figures for the 2.3-liter engine in the Mustang makes 310 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque. However, final power figures for the Focus RS are far from final, but expect the rating to be far above the current ST offerings. Sources revealed to the publication that the RS will make in excess of 325 horsepower, but less than 350.

The all-wheel drive system employed to put the power down is completely new and not currently found on other Ford products. The system in the RS will use torque vectoring to aid in handling.

The new RS will likely compete with the recently revealed Volkswagen Golf R, which will soon be on our shores and is rumored to have 395 horsepower and incorporate an all-wheel-drive system as well.

Ford Focus RS Rumored for US by 2016 Rear View

As in any capitalistic market, competition is good for consumers. While the Focus RS—and Golf R—will be extremely niche products, this technology will soon trickle down to other offerings in the lineup.

If the 2.3-liter engine can produce 350 horsepower, how long before tuners get the Mustang up to that figure. Ford’s high-performance all-wheel drive system will eventually find its way to other vehicles the automaker sells.

We can only hope that the Focus RS is as radical as rumors make us believe it to be. Either way, it will be nice to have a true hot-hatch on our shores from Ford.

Ford Focus RS Rumored for US by 2016 Rear Shot, Image by Kahn Design


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Born and raised in southeast Michigan. Chose to stay out of necessity. Staff writer at a small community newspaper covering city government, the schools and whatever else happens in town. J-school graduate from EMU, weekend mechanic, car enthusiast and open-road connoisseur. Open to all invites of hospitality and adult beverages.
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