The new Focus RS will be the high-performance range-topper of the world’s best-selling car name and global availability will be a first for the car.
Previous Ford Focus RS models have been developed in Europe largely for the European market – but, just as the Focus ST is now a worldwide model, so too will the new Focus RS be.
Ford hasn’t confirmed any details on the new car, but many are tipping it to use the 2.3-litre Ecoboost four-cylinder turbo that’s fitted to the new Ford Mustang.
It won’t use four-wheel drive, but it will have a form of limited-slip differential at the front, and possibly be equipped the ingenious RevoKnuckle suspension of the old Focus RS.
Ford group vice president of global product development, Raj Nair, suggested the new Focus RS will be quite a machine: “To earn the RS badge, the vehicle has to be a no-compromise driver’s car that can deliver exceptional performance on the track when required while providing excellent every day driving.” We certainly like the sound of the ‘no compromise’ part.
Ford Performance launched
Ford has launched a new sporting division, Ford Performance, to roll out the new Focus RS plus “more than 12 new performance vehicles through 2020”.
The division also unites all regional performance engineering and racing teams under one banner, as part of the global One Ford philosophy. These include Team RS, Ford SVT and Ford Racing.
It will be led by Dave Pericak.
Ford hasn’t created the new performance division on a whim, though. Performance car sales are up 14 per cent in Europe since 2009, when the last Focus RS was introduced – and in the US, they’re up a staggering 70 per cent.
They make money, too. “In addition to pleasing enthusiasts, vehicles such as Focus RS help deliver the company’s One Ford plan for profitable growth, product excellence and innovation in every part of its business.”
Straight from the blue oval’s mouth: fast cars are good for business!