An all-paw cat might have leapt well clear of the bag this week, with Ford's Belarusian arm seemingly confirming crucial details for the coming new Focus RS.
Posting Ford’s recent RS teaser video to its Instagram account, the company added a couple of key points that have, until now, been the focus of intense speculation.
Alongside the video, Ford of Belarus posted details that include “2.3 Ecoboost, 320hp, and all-wheel-drive (AWD)”.
Originally posted in Belarusian, the translated text reads in its entirety:
“Magnificent Focus RS is coming. 2.3 EcoBoost from New Mustang, 320 hp, and all-wheel drive (AWD). And it is something we are waiting for February 3, at the launch of the public. And yet - Stay tuned, guys.”
That power would be provided by the Mustang’s 2.3 litre EcoBoost turbo engine has long been expected, with a rumoured power figure in the neighbourhood of 260kW.
If Ford of Belarus is not merely providing a clever distraction, its Instagram post would appear to confirm a 240kW figure - short of key European rivals like the AMG A 45 (265kW) and the Audi RS 3 (270kW), but far from upsetting.
The 'leaked' figure positions the new RS clear of the popular all-wheel-drive Subaru WRX STI however, which offers 221kW. Likewise, the RS would, on paper at least, best Volkswagen's 206kW (221kW in Europe) Golf R.
Perhaps more important though is the apparent confirmation of an all-wheel-drive layout.
As with rumours of the new hot hatch’s output, speculation has been rife on whether the new RS would force its big power through the front wheels alone, like its predecessor, or more to a more logical all-wheel-drive arrangement.
For now, Ford’s Dearborn headquarters has yet to offer any official word on what we can expect from the new RS. But, with a February 3 unveiling now confirmed, all will be revealed soon enough.