Next Ford Focus RS to Be 4WD and 350 Hp?

next ford focus rs to be 4wd and 350 hp

The rumors around the rumor mill are that the next super-hot version of the Ford Focus – the RS – will get 4WD or AWD and 350 horsepower from a six cylinder engine. If you've been following the development of the RS (and as North Americans, you probably haven't), the story until now was that it would be 300 hp, from a highly tuned 5-cylinder engine, and front wheel drive with a trick diff to tame torque steer. But the latest info seems to take that a step further, with a blogger claiming he has actually seen the rear differential on the RS test car at the Nurburgring confirming its 4 wheel power. Yours truly still doubts the 6-cylinder engine for packaging and weight reasons, but only time, spy shots, and "accidental" PR leaks will tell the full story.

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  • Dolo54 Dolo54 on Apr 07, 2008

    WHOAA super rally car potential.

  • Orian Orian on Apr 07, 2008

    GS, they've been selling a hotted up Focus in Europe for years. Prior to the Focus they hopped up the Escort over there and sold it. Ok, that came directly from Ford's website - I'm taking that with a huge grain of many of those "retail" sales were dealer to fleet sales? The reason I ask is I'm not seeing any new Focus' running around in Central Ohio without the little Enterprise "e" on the back of them. Not saying it isn't happening, but I don't believe it.

  • Brendan Brendan on Apr 07, 2008

    they can probably fit the volvo I6 in there. It was designed to drop-in replace the I5. And it's already go the plumbing for turbos.

  • on Apr 07, 2008

    Yet another great European Ford we will never get. Thank you again, Billy Ford. And this has been going on for years and years: