The third generation of the Ford Focus RS is starting to come together, and it has a brand-new four-cylinder engine that revs up to 350bhp, and it has a lot of good technology to help the front wheels handle all that amazing power.
The unfortunate news is that the RS probably won’t come out until 2014 or 2015, which is a long time to wait for a car. Ford corporate members are considering releasing it sooner in the car’s lifecycle than previous generations of cars. What’s great to hear is that Ford executives are openly discussing an RS, and they are starting to come together on the £27k cool hatchback’s specifications.
What Kind Of Engine Is The Ford Focus RS Going To Have To Get Up To 350bhp?
The engine is supposedly going to be a 2.3-litre Ecoboost engine, and it is just starting to go under development in North American right now, and it is going to go in the next Mustang car coming out. The 2.3 is definitely coming, but it’s not in use yet, a Ford source revealed. 300-350bhp is the range that they are considerating. The engine will have a lot of direct injection and turbocharging abilities so it will enhance power while balancing fuel usage.
The MK2 Focus RS got up to 301bhp from its amazing 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine, and it was then shot up to 345bph for the rare RS500. The RS MK3 peak amount should be 350bhp coming out of four cylinders. Ford has slowly started to move away from that Volvo-derived five-pot, and the emissions regulations are going to finish it off once and for good in 2013.
Will The Ford Focus RS Have Four-Wheel Drive?
The Focus will stick front-wheel drive only. It probably wouldn’t deliver a better car, a Ford source revealed. It’s a big weight increase, and it has an influence on the platform, and you can’t do anything about the cost of all-wheel drive.
It will probably also have RevoKnuckle front suspension because this has been employed in the past to go up against torque steer. If you put the the knuckle into the front suspension, it will help suppress the steering wheel’s see-saw effect when you accelerate hard. The RevnoKnuckle isn’t currently fitted to the current model Focus ST, however, the RevoKnuckle is not just a one-time use, said a Ford Source, with a spark in his eye.
The Focus ST coming out in the UK this summer will probably be more comfortable and classy than the previous five-cylinder model, and the Volkswagen Golf GTI is the benchmark for success for the development team. The smoother nature of it leaves a lot of space for the no-limits, new generation Focus RS because there’s no Focus three-door, and the RS will come out first as a five-door model. While we are waiting for it to come out, there will be the Focus ST and Fiesta ST to keep everyone happy, and both cars are set to come out in 2012.