Ford Focus RS Spied in Detroit

Ford Focus RS Spied in Detroit

Stoking the rumors that Ford is planning to bring its impressive Focus RS to the U.S. are some amateur spy photos of the hopped-up compact, taken just outside Detroit.

Forum user 2004SVTAutoXer took the photos in the up-scape Royal Oak neighborhood and posted them on

The 2009 Focus RS is powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter Duratec five-cylinder engine with 295hp and 302 ft-lbs of torque. It also makes use of a Quaife limited slip differential and a unique-to-the-RS suspension setup.

Ford has already declared that it will bring it’s European Fiesta to the United States and while it is possible that a Focus RS may eventually make it over as well, it is unlikely in the current economic climate. Ford may, however, be planning for a turnaround in the economy and with Chrysler’s future uncertain and GM cutting its high-performance division, Ford might be the only post-recession U.S. automaker capable of delivering a compact performance car.

GALLERY: Ford Focus RS



  • Andrew

    what a nice looking hatchback, i would not mind using that as a daily driver, and i don’t even like hatch backs. the interior does need a lot of work though. so where exactly is that car available?

  • Colum Wood

    You can actually buy them in Europe right now. It’s cars like this that gave the Focus such a good reputation. Then they watered them down for the North American market.

  • russell calhoun

    awesome!!! the ultimate tuners dream.v-8 power with a smaller carbon footprint(true modern muscle).honestly i probably won’t buy one right away for financial reasons and i own a ford focus st sedan with thousands of fun fun fun miles to go.if this car does come to america ,take that! you honda civic fans.