STEVE COLQUHOUN June 15, 2012
The next-generation Ford Focus RS (current model shown) is expected to produce up to 250kW. The previous version, shown above, was good for 224kW.
Turbo to boost power of Blue Oval's hot hatch.
The next generation of the Ford Focus RS hot hatch could produce close to 250kW via a 2.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the company’s EcoBoost family, UK website Auto Express reports.
And it appears likely Ford will continue to drive the expected 246kW through the front wheels, taming the extra power of the new engine via either the “Revoknuckle” technology it pioneered in the previous RS, or a Torque Steer Compensation system developed for the Focus ST.
The previous Focus RS model came to Australia in limited numbers, offering a feisty 224kW via a turbocharged five-cylinder mill. Only 315 were delivered here with a tall $59,990 price tag, ensuring the car became an instant collector’s edition.
Ford Australia spokeswoman Sinead Phipps says the Focus RS is yet to be signed off globally for production.
However, Auto Express reports that Ford’s global performance cars boss, Matthias Ton, has confirmed that a US-developed 2.3-litre turbocharged EcoBoost engine – which may also be destined to replace six-cylinder units in the hero Mustang performance car – is the most likely candidate for the job.
Ton was speaking at the international media launch of the Focus ST, which is the nominal high-performance head of the Focus family - until the RS is signed off.
The ST will use a turbocharged 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine to make a Volkswagen Scirocco R-rivalling 184kW and 360Nm when it arrives in Australian showrooms in October.
Despite those impressive outputs, the ST adopts a comparatively mild appearance, leaving space for an RS model to add the likes of a racecar-like front spoiler and massive rear wing, plus track-style Recaro seats.
Stiffer suspension and bigger brakes than the ST are also a given, with the Focus RS expected to arrive in the US by the end of next year.
Phipps says there are “no current plans” for Ford Australia to import the Focus RS, given the model hasn’t received final production approval.
The previous model arrived in Australia in 2010 just before the end of its global production run, with Ford Australia maintaining for years prior that it could not build a profitable business case for it.