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.
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