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Ford’s RS forthcoming hot hatch will finally be sold in North America.

“We’re announcing a new Focus RS will be coming to the market and it will be coming globally,” Ford CEO Mark Fields said in Dearborn during a press conference today.

Previous rumors suggest the Focus RS, which will sit above the ST in the product line, will arrive for the 2016 model year with Ford’s turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. Details on the new Focus are still light, but the same engine makes 310 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque in the 2015 Mustang. Rumors suggest Ford will actually tweak the engine for slightly more power in this application because the lighter car will allow a more aggressive state of tune without throwing fuel economy entirely out the window. Apart from being significantly more powerful than the ST, the Focus RS will also come with all-wheel drive to be a direct competitor with the upcoming Volkswagen Golf R.

Fields confirmed today that the Focus RS will be sold globally under the company’s “One Ford” product strategy. The previous generation RS model was based on the European Focus that skipped this market. The U.S. Focus is built at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant, but the RS model will likely be built in Europe and exported to the U.S. and other markets, which could mean a limited supply.
http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/12/ford-focus-rs-officially-confirmed-for-us.html
 

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This very well could replace my cobalt ss/tc. I will wait to see what performance packages are available for the T4 Camaro when it comes out. This should make GM either bring something over as a buick or offer a 1LE package for the T4 Camaro.
 

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If this thing ends up being FWD, it'll be a deal breaker for a lot of people, myself included. The ST has acceptable levels of torque steer and power in a FWD chassis. This needs to be AWD.
 

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If this thing ends up being FWD, it'll be a deal breaker for a lot of people, myself included. The ST has acceptable levels of torque steer and power in a FWD chassis. This needs to be AWD.
Apart from being significantly more powerful than the ST, the Focus RS will also come with all-wheel drive to be a direct competitor with the upcoming Volkswagen Golf R.

from the article
 

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Until now the RS has alwasys been FWD .... the rumors of AWD circle every generation, so I will hold on proclaiming this being an STI competitor until the AWD is confirmed. The RS is always angrier and sharper than the sporty, but mild ST.
 

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And if you had READ some of the other pieces about this, there are conflicting reports as to whether it'll be FWD or AWD.
I read between the lines.

#1 Why have a Focus ST Capable of over 300 HP with some mild AM Tweaking?

#2 What does the R stand for in RS? Maybe Rally? Rally cars are AWD. My bet is a 300+ HP AWD Focus.
 

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Veeeeery cool! So how many ST Ford are there? Just the one RS? It would be nice if they could build a small family of each, even 3 models. Fans of cars like this are typically pretty hardcore and faithful; once you have them hooked you just have to keep slowly but steadily improving the breed. Would the ST treatment make sense on a Fusion?

Oh, and am I the only one imagining an ST Flex...? :)
 

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I read between the lines.

#1 Why have a Focus ST Capable of over 300 HP with some mild AM Tweaking?

#2 What does the R stand for in RS? Maybe Rally? Rally cars are AWD. My bet is a 300+ HP AWD Focus.
So you assumed.

And there have multiple generations of Focus RS now. They've all been FWD.
 

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I read between the lines.

#1 Why have a Focus ST Capable of over 300 HP with some mild AM Tweaking?

#2 What does the R stand for in RS? Maybe Rally? Rally cars are AWD. My bet is a 300+ HP AWD Focus.
RS Fords came out in the Escort RWD era, before the Audi Quattro started dominating.

In any case, RS Focus is there as a halo model for the other FWD Focus models.
 

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The Focus RS is a rare example of cutting corners. Ford, evidently not too happy with those awful-looking tail lights (who is?), pasted a piece of plastic, et voila:

Ford hasn't released any photos of the RS. That's a speculative rendering from AutoExpress.
 
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