Rumors of an even hotter version of the already potent Ford Focus RS are circling the Internet.
According to Autocar, Ford is considering putting together a special version of the Focus RS that would pack a more potent power-to-weight ratio thanks to pounds being shaved from the car. The car’s 345 horsepower 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine may also be boosted, though it likely won’t be by a large amount.
The use of carbon fiber-reinforced bodywork, aluminum suspension components and lighter brakes are some of the ways that Ford could cut weight from the Focus RS. A stripped out interior and less noise insulation will also help the car lose pounds, with Autocar claiming that the RS may lose up to 220 pounds.
Some of the actual running gear additions may include a new electronically controlled limited-slip differential in the front axle along with a dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Ford is targeting German hot hatches like the Mercedes-AMG A45 and the Audi RS3, which run from 0 to 62 mph in 4.2 and 4.3 seconds respectively. If the even hotter Focus RS does show up, Ford will certainly push to out run both of those cars.
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