In what amounts to great news for performance hatch enthusiasts, Ford have confirmed that their Focus RS hatch will go into production and to celebrate, theyâ€™ve released the now standard teaser image, but this time there is nothing bad to hide â€“ it looks hot.
The Focus RS hatch will be the most recent iteration of a group whose DNA goes back to the days of the RS and RS Cosworth Escorts. Rally inspired, road-going rockets is the best way to describe them and expect Fordâ€™s latest version to be a hard hitter.
With power from the Volvo sourced 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder engine expected to be at least 209kW/280hp, this will be a Focus that takes the fight to the WRX and Lancer EvoX.
Upgrades are expected to include the usual suspension and ride-height modifications to further improve ride, handling and grip. As the teaser image suggests, the RS Focus will see some extensive bodywork revisions including pumped guards, bonnet air-vents as well as the usual revised front and rear bars and spoiler/wing.
We should see the production version of the RS Focus unveiled during 2008 with it most likely to go on sale in late 2008 or early 2009. Hopefully Ford doesnâ€™t forget the colonies and remembers to send a few to Australia.