Ford fanboys and plenty of other automotive enthusiasts are rejoicing right now at the news that the new Focus RS is coming to the United States. Previously, the model has been selfishly kept to the European market as a form of torture for people on this side of the pond who like hot hatches.
The good news was announced recently by Mark Fields, the new CEO of Ford. He says that the new generation of the performance model will be shown off in January during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. When exactly the Focus RS will launch in the United States will be announced at a later date.
The decision to take the Focus RS to the global car market follows the Mustang being spread around to a global audience. Next year, Ford plans to launch 16 new products as part of an aggressive plan to increase its market share around the globe.
The Focus RS will be an even hotter version of the car than the ST, which will still be offered. While the Focus ST has a turbo four-cylinder that creates 252 horsepower, the RS will outclass it. Speculation is all over the place, but the more reputable sources are saying it will likely use a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine with a turbo, putting out as much as 350 horsepower. As you might have noticed, that engine sounds eerily similar to the one used in the Mustang EcoBoost. The same sources are also saying there’s a strong chance the car will have all-wheel drive.
Fields stated that taking the Focus RS global is part of the effort to change how Ford delivers performance to consumers. Another part of the change involves the creation of a Ford Performance organization that will encompass all of the automaker’s hot models from SVT, Ford Racing, and RS.
The Focus RS has a strong following, even among enthusiasts who have only witnessed it online and on television programs.