21st July 2014
It's been confirmed that developments are now underway for a new version of the Ford Focus RS arriving in 2016.
Previous reports had initially indicated that no new versions of the RS would be produced. The Focus is a flagship vehicle within the Ford range, and leads the way for broad global appeal. An RS may have originally been considered too 'niche' for the manufacturer, yet there is a clear market and fan base for the model. The reintroduction of the model shows that the attraction of high-performance Ford vehicles is reassuringly strong.
The third generation of the car is anticipated to receive substantial power and engineering upgrades. It can still, however, be built on the same production line as the current standard Focus, which should mean a more competitive price to drivers.
It is also expected that the next-generation RS will use a 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine similar to that found in the new 2015 Mustang. The power unit will deliver as much as 330bhp to the vehicle, which should run in front-wheel drive. The ten percent increase in strength should be accompanied by up to a 20 percent rise in fuel economy and efficiency.
An official launch for the new Ford Focus RS is expected in mid or late 2016, with a venue yet to be confirmed.
You can learn more about the Ford Focus range at Lookers – we have a large network of authorised Ford dealerships up and down the UK.