Ford Focus RS Super-Hatch in Development?

By Matthew Askari | May 07, 2014
There's new reason to believe a Ford Focus RS super-hatch model is already in development, and it could arrive in about two years time. According to a report in the U.K.'s Auto Express, the family hatchback may soon be adding an ultra performance model to the Focus range.
"I can't give you any confirmation today, but let's say there's a strong desire. Something like that makes a great halo car," Ford of Europe COO Barb Samardzich told the outlet. It's believed the automaker would keep the car front-wheel drive, rather than opting for a more expensive all-wheel drive model. A 2.3-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost turbo engine--which produces 304 hp on the new Ford Mustang--could be tapped to power the performance hatch. That engine could be tuned to 350 hp, the same as the previous, limited-edition RS500.
A Ford spokesman backed up the COO's comments, saying "We have a rich heritage of RS cars, and we're not about to let any competitors overtake us in that respect. You can rest assured that Martin [Smith, director of design, Ford Europe] and his team are fully focused on the future of our performance strategy." A new Ford Focus is expected to debut in 2017, so an RS model could arrive towards the end of the life cycle, possibly in 2016. Source: Auto Express