The next generation Ford FocusRS will go on sale in 2015. According to Ford’s officials, the new 2.3-liter won’t be based on the 2.0-liter found in the ST. Increasing the power from the ST’s engine means a larger turbo, and the team is reluctant to do so. When the new Ford Focus RS appears he will probably have 2.3 liter four cylinder EcoBoost engine, which could also power the 2015 Mustang
The new Focus RS’s case is also strengthened considerably because it’s expected to use a new, Ford-developed 2.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder tuned to around 330bhp. That’s over 100bhp more than the new Focus ST and will drop the 0-60mph time below the magic five-second mark. The engine, which will also feature in the Mustang, will comfortably exceed the output of the last Focus RS’s Volvo-derived 2.5-litre five-pot that generated 301bhp, or 345bhp in the RS500. It will make use of latest turbo and direct-injection technology to greatly increase fuel efficiency.
As in the current Focus ST, the engine note will be amplified into the cabin using Ford’s Sound Symposer, which opens a valve between the engine bay and cabin.
Other upgrades will include a return for Revoknuckle front suspension that was developed for the last RS, but rejected for the current ST because engineers thought Ford’s electronic torque-vectoring system sufficient to handle its 247bhp and 265lb ft. The RS’s higher outputs are believed to have convinced engineers Revoknuckle is needed to curb torque steer and aid traction.
A mechanical limited slip differential (not available on the ST) would most likely be standard on the new RS, making it more suitable for regular use on track.
Price of the new Focus RS will be around 35,000 euros, and the arrival on the market is expected 2014th year.