Rumors of an ultra-powerful Ford Focus RS here in America have been floating around for some time, but a new report in the UK’s Auto Express gives us some specifics. It appears Ford may opt to use its 2.3-liter four cylinder engine, now thought to be tweaked and capable of 350 horsepower, nearly 100 horsepower more than the performance-inspired 2013 Ford Focus ST (pictured above) at 252 horses. Estimates before put the next-gen RS at 330 horsepower, already a blistering amount for its relatively small size and weight.
Ford had previously offered a Ford Focus RS, powered by a 2.5-liter five cylinder ending, but that model never made it to the U.S. In addition to that model’s 300 horsepower, Ford offered an even more powerful, Limited Edition RS500 (pictured left), with a commanding 345-horsepower output, closer to what the new RS is rumored to have. Additionally, the RS could see both a manual-transmission and a dual-clutch paddle-shifting automatic version. The 2014 Ford Focus RS is expected to fetch about 25,000 pounds in the U.K. We don’t think it’s a direct conversion in to dollars. The RS is likely to have a lower starting price in the U.S., closer to $30,000.
Source: Auto Express