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Ford Focus RS Not Coming to North America

High Performance Vehicle Boss Confirms The Sad News

 |  May 28 2009, 9:53 PM

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Several weeks ago we ran a few photos of a Ford Focus RS that was spotted in a suburb of Detroit. This of course led to speculation that FoMoCo was planning to bring its amazing hot hatch to the U.S.

Sadly, a Ford exec has confirmed that the RS will not make its way stateside. And to kill any hope for those still holding on to it, the executive just so happens to be Jost Capito, the new head of Ford’s global performance division.

Capito told the U.K.’s AutoCar that, “We’d like to, but the base car isn’t homologated for North America and that’s too costly a job to carry out just for a niche vehicle like the RS.”

That means North American consumers will continue to miss out on the aggressively styled Focus, which boasts a turbocharged five-cylinder engine with 295hp and 302 ft-lbs of torque.

[Source: AutoCar]

  • Eric Schmidt

    Bah! Of course we are going to miss out on the coolest looking ford focus model. Too bad. Maybe some aftermarket kits can bring it up (close to) RS Spec.

  • corey

    all i have to say is well SCREW YOU FORD! you do this everytime! and they wonder why no one wants your crap cars! we dont want an ecoboost taurus! we want sweet hatchbacks! what is your deal!