By on June 28, 2014

Ford Focus RS 2

The term “Fast Ford” means something very different outside of North America. In the rest of the world, a Fast Ford wasn’t a V8 muscle car, but a light, nimble hatchback with a hot engine and a well-sorted chassis. We’ve been getting a few Fast Fords in dribs and drabs (the Focus SVT, followed by the latest ST models), but the 2016 Focus RS will be our first true RS product.

The new model will debut as a 2016.5, and reportedly be sold in limited quantities. The 2.3L Ecoboost engine will be shoved under the hood, making well in excess of 300 horsepower. No word on all-wheel drive, but our Ford sources promise us more information in the coming months.

Thanks to AutoGuide.com for the spy photos.

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62 Comments on “Fast Ford Onslaught To Continue, Focus RS Coming To America...”


  • avatar
    mkirk

    Realistically, what will this thing sell for. Call me interested and that will be about the time I’ll be in the market.

  • avatar
    dwford

    How about a Fusion SHO with this motor while you’re at it, Ford? All the parts are there and it should be pretty plug n play at this point.

    Picture a Fusion SHO 2.3L Ecoboost with 330hp and AWD, or just make it FWD and give us a manual. Or we could go really crazy and use the 2.7L V6 Ecoboost from the new Edge.

  • avatar
    Kenmore

    Ah!

    Ridder kah go fass!

    Spin wheeyers, ridder kah!

  • avatar
    omer333

    And at that moment, every automotive journalist in the western hemisphere soiled him/herself in anticipation.

    And the internet said it buy one if it were in brown.

  • avatar
    carguy

    As much as I like the idea of the Focus RS, it will be a tricky value proposition if it ever makes it to the US. It will probably sell for similar money than the Golf R20 and probably the same low volume. Even for a hot hatch fan like myself, more than $30K is simply too expensive.

    I am much more hopeful that the 2015 Focus ST suspensions changes will brings Fiesta ST levels of driving fun to the Focus ST.

    • 0 avatar
      dwford

      It’ll be up against the STi which is in the high $30′s, so it shouldn’t be a problem

    • 0 avatar

      They should just sell it for 50k in the US and call it a day. THe Fiesta XR was always the one who pulled cheap tricks, the top Escort or Focus is more for the gentleman driver to slam his foot down. This is the case of a car “not” built to a price point and “not” interested in selling.

      • 0 avatar
        TheyBeRollin

        Except then they’re completely in STi territory and within striking distance of German offerings with similar specs. It’d need to be truly compelling to demand that price.

        • 0 avatar

          Get your point, respect it, but basically don’t care. A Focus or an Escort has always been more car to me than a Golf.

        • 0 avatar
          sportyaccordy

          Lets look at that point deeper though

          What does $40K get you from a German company? From BMW, that gets you a 1 or 3 with the x28i engine, no LSD, and most likely much less standard equipment, as well as more weight and a much softer, luxury driving experience. From Audi, it gets you an A3 or A4 2.0T, which are not even in the same stratosphere as these cars. S3 is just outside the 40K price cap (42K). Only real competitor from Germany is the Golf R, which to me sounds like a more complete package, but again is a little soft.

          Cars like this and the STI are not so much about value as much as delivering a very specific, raw, fun driving experience with a high level of accessible performance at a somewhat affordable price. To that end, if this thing has torque vectoring AWD and comes in under $40K, it will be a success. It’s not for everybody but that’s the whole point. I would personally rather have a G37 or Golf R, but I respect what this thing is about.

          • 0 avatar
            TheyBeRollin

            He said 50k and didn’t seem to care about it being FWD. That’s where I thought it’d have a hard time against competition.

            I agree that if they can pull off “well in excess of 300 horsepower” and “torque vectoring AWD” in the 40k range they will have a winner on their hands. With those attributes, they’ll be poaching sales from everyone with similar vehicles.

  • avatar
    reclusive_in_nature

    Neato.

    Two problems though:

    It’ll be too expensive for the people who’d want it.

    Not utilitarian enough for those who could.

    Don’t get me wrong, I applaud Ford for doing this, but face it, they’ll price it out of reach for those who lust for such vehicles. (Young people and self proclaimed auto enthusiasts.)
    By the time most people can economically progress to the point where they could responsibly purchase such a vehicle they’re going to be yearning for isolation/gizmos/reliability more than a rip snorting thrill ride.

    • 0 avatar
      05lgt

      The EVO and STI found buyers in limited numbers, and this is supposed to be a limited numbers kind of thing too. It builds credibility in a segment that isn’t all that into Mustangs. It gets buzz. It buzzes. I usually prefer a longer wheelbase, but I respect the class and it’s buyers all the same.

  • avatar
    natrat

    If the goal is limited quantities it should have no problem matching golf r sales. Ford has a much bigger fan base, and this would be a drop in the bucket for ford here. I agree awd would open it up to a different and maybe more monied demographic but that’s not on the table regardless of what you read on autoblog.

  • avatar
    TheyBeRollin

    If it has a decent full-time AWD system and a manual, I’d want one. With those and the above specs, if it was available for 2015, I’d buy one.

  • avatar

    I put my money where my mouth is and recently bought a 14 FoST.
    Great machine, but the interior is a squeaky rattlebox. My old Subaru rattled less (!)

    With such a junky interior, I can’t imagine paying north of 40k CAD for one. Then again, Subaru sells every STI they make.

    I’ll eat me hat if they don’t give this awd. The ST already struggles with ~250hp going to the front wheels.
    It would be a credible alternative to the STI.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    I still think 3 door versions of the ST and RS models being available in United States would be cooler. Then we could drop the pretense that the back seat might some how be useful.

    • 0 avatar
      ar_ken

      I respectfully disagree. The 4 doors and the (relatively) useful backseat is what kept my Golf R in my household (after having a daughter). They actually make great everyday drivers.

      • 0 avatar
        hybridkiller

        “The 4 doors and the (relatively) useful backseat is what kept my Golf R in my household (after having a daughter). They actually make great everyday drivers.”

        Yes, the Golf has a real back seat, useable even by full-sized adults. I’ve not been in a latest gen Focus, but iirc, if they’re anything like the older ones there’s no comparison to a MK5/6 Golf.

    • 0 avatar
      redav

      Even if no one ever sits in them, back seats are still useful, and doors for them even more so.

  • avatar
    LeMansteve

    I like this because it gives Honda an incrementally larger reason to import the Civic R.

  • avatar
    Z71_Silvy

    Lipstick on a pig.

    • 0 avatar
      01 ZX3

      You’re just salty because GM doesn’t have anything that even comes close to competing. Nothing like a 138hp Cruze or Sonic to set your soul on fire!

      • 0 avatar
        Z71_Silvy

        Actually I could care less what GM offers. Not sure why you brought GM into a Ford article but whatever suits yourself.

        • 0 avatar
          mkirk

          Because you are a GM shill, that’s why.

          • 0 avatar
            Z71_Silvy

            Ha! Where are you getting this?

            Man you people like to make things up. Seriously, get a hobby.

          • 0 avatar
            VoGo

            Silvy is short for Sylvester, not Silverado?

          • 0 avatar
            mkirk

            I get it from your long and distinguished posting history in which you consistently shill for GM, that’s where.

          • 0 avatar
            mcs

            @mkirk I think even silvy has partially bailed from GM. He now has a bright red Ram 1500.

          • 0 avatar
            Z71_Silvy

            I never shill for GM. I provide common sense commentary that’s grounded in reality. Obviously that bothers you.

            And mcs, time to use those things called facts again.

            How can I have “bailed” on GM when I simply switched brands? I still like GM along with EVERY single manufacturer. How exactly did I bail?

            I love the lies!!! This is hysterical.

          • 0 avatar
            Pch101

            “I provide common sense commentary that’s grounded in reality.”

            That actually made me laugh out loud.

            Folks, this is the Dunning-Kruger effect in high gear. Too inept to know just how inept that he is.

            http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/evolved-primate/201006/when-ignorance-begets-confidence-the-classic-dunning-kruger-effect

          • 0 avatar
            GiddyHitch

            Silvy seems to be more of a Ford troll than a GM shill, and recently revealed that he’s presently a Ram driver. Best ignored in any case.

          • 0 avatar
            Z71_Silvy

            Pch the know it all, welcome to the party.

            Where did you get your Phd again?

            Amazing how some people are bothered by the truth. What’s even more amazing is the rather pathetic lengths they will go to in an attempt to discredit people when in actuality, all they are doing is discrediting themselves.

            Anyway, back to this pig of a car…why not just make this the Focus ST everyone wanted to begin with?

            That’s right, because that would make sense….and Ford is very against doing anything that makes sense, unless it screws the customer over.

          • 0 avatar
            brenschluss

            Judging by your written words alone, you’re either simply socially inept, legitimately crazy, drunk in the morning, or a very thorough troll.

            Maybe Al Mullally was mean to you when you were a kid or something, either way your “common sense” opinions go beyond normal thoughts on consumer products into truly weird obsession. I’m guessing a combo of legit crazy and troll.

    • 0 avatar
      IHateCars

      brenschluss….I’m convinced a Ford ran over his puppy when he was a kid hence his blatant contempt. I don’t know how one can hate a car company so much…but there you go.

  • avatar
    Jacob

    Focus is the new Mustang

  • avatar
    Stovebolt

    Mustang is the new Mustang.

  • avatar
    Joss

    Love it! Though there will be insurance nemesis.

    Hello Nissan NA are you payin attention? Do something similar with Micra,Sentra,Versa etc.

  • avatar
    LBJs Love Child

    This is excellent news.

  • avatar
    WRC555

    Ford picked a good time if they can deliver the RS in one year, just as Subaru exited the high performance hatchback market this year.


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