2014 Ford Focus RS To Deliver More Than 260kW: Report

Malcolm Flynn | Nov 9, 2012

Ford is developing a new Focus RS flagship that will enter above the just-launched ST hot hatch, according to a new report out of Europe.

Despite earlier reports to the contrary, UK mag AutoExpress claims a new RS will launch in 2014, employing an enlarged 350hp (261kW) 2.3 litre version of Ford’s four-cylinder EcoBoost engine.

The report suggests a move to a larger displacement than the ST’s 184kW 2.0 litre EcoBoost unit, rather than trying to stretch the output of the current engine with a larger turbo.

“If it [the turbo] is too big, and capable of too much power, you lose bottom-end torque and response”, Team RS’ Len Urwin said.

An output of 261kW would far eclipse the previous Focus RS’ 224kW 2.5 litre five-pot, and even exceed the 345HP (257kW) of the limited-build RS 500 version sold internationally.

Like the previous Focus RS, a front-wheel drive layout is expected to continue, due to its cost and weight advantages.

The difficult task of channeling 260-plus kiloWatts through the front wheels could be aided by the use of a sophisticated active differential.

“You could drop a mechanical diff in, as we did with the old Focus RS, but an E-diff would take that a step forward in that you can really optimise traction in all situations”, Urwin said.

If the RS can manage to put such power to the ground, the RS 500’s 5.4 second 0-100km/h could well be trumped also.

Transmission choice is expected to remain solely a six-speed H-pattern manual as with the ST, but an uprated PowerShift dual-clutch auto is being considered.

“There is a trend to go to dual-clutch, but they are heavier. Whether we should have a manual and a PowerShift is still up for debate," Team RS’ Chris Caven said.

Earlier reports suggested that the RS moniker would be applied to the smaller Fiesta this time around, but following Ford’s withrawal from its Fiesta-headed WRC program at the end of the year, a more conventional Focus RS makes more sense.

What won’t be conventional though, is the likely use of the five-door bodystyle, in line with all other third-generation Focus models - making this new model the first Focus RS to be offered with five doors only.

It’s too early to speculate on local availability of the new model, but given the Blue Oval generously brought 315 of the previous RS here, we could be in with a chance...

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  • BH says,
    1 year ago
    1 like
    drool
  • walker says,
    1 year ago
    1 like
    Love it, but i want 2 doors, will probably wait for the next golf r, or merc A amg
  • Roger says,
    1 year ago
    3 likes
    The problem was here it was as much as an Evo but not a match for it. In the UK it was a better proposition at around $30 grand, but here at $65K it is a ridiculous proposition. With the recent drop in price the Evo its certainly a better buy, Japanese build quality too. A front driver is never going to equal all paw drive no matter how much they try to overcome its inherent problems with electronics. An Evo is one of the sharpest tools you can buy and probably cheaper.
  • green_comet says,
    1 year ago
    1 like
    Very nice, I just ordered a Focus ST and that's a great drive, I could just imagine this thing. I'm sure Ford will ask some ridiculous price for it and justify it by only bringing a few hundred into the Country.
  • Ward Paterson says,
    1 year ago
    If its based on the current look of the ST, then it'll be as ugly as ****... meh.. Bring back the old shape.
    • Roger says,
      1 year ago
      Depends if you prefer faces or butts! lol
      Old model = nicer face
      New model = nicer butt
  • Lindsay says,
    1 year ago
    260kW FWD... good lord.
    • amlohac says,
      1 year ago
      1 like
      Find yourself a tyre wholesale relationship quick!
    • MZ says,
      1 year ago
      Agreed. WTF do you want with all that power on the front wheels?!
  • amlohac says,
    1 year ago
    1 like
    Certified rocket. This thing will be super cool without a doubt.
  • Al says,
    1 year ago
    I hope they make it. Would love to buy a gun metal gray with dual clutch auto....
  • Roger says,
    1 year ago
    I have a new ST and love it. The only minor issue is a coupe of features are missing over the European model. I am chasing Ford for an explanation. The manual is also not updated, and these features are supposed to be standard. Missing is the auto-beam on the headlights for switching high-low beam automatically based on ambient light and traffic, and the switchable ESC modes, we only get a switch on/off on the dash. Other than that its awesome. As with the road tests its in-gear acceleration is excellent, although its very strong bottom end does make getting it off the line challenging, but plenty of grunt for 6th gear overtaking at 100km/h, quite surprising actually how quick it is in top gear. Fuel economy great, am averaging 7.7l/100km, and I give it some occasionally. Build quality is some of the best I have seen. One thing relevant to this article is , the ST floorpan actually has a REAR TRANSMISSION TUNNEL! I don't know if the standard model does or not.
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