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Ford Focus RS tipped To Get Mustang Motor, AWD

Ford is looking for a fight, pumping up its Focus for a battle against the world’s fastest hatchbacks. The blue oval is reportedly readying a successor to its Focus RS,
06 Sep 2014 11:04
Ford Focus RS tipped To Get Mustang Motor, AWD

Ford is looking for a fight, pumping up its Focus for a battle against the world’s fastest hatchbacks.

The blue oval is reportedly readying a successor to its Focus RS, a front-wheel-drive five-cylinder hatch that made 224kW of power.

US motoring authority Road & Track reports that the new Focus RS replacement will be even tougher, with all-wheel-drive and a turbocharged four-cylinder engine sourced from the 2015 Ford Mustang.

The Mustang’s 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine makes 231kW under the bonnet of the muscle car, though it could be boosted to 250kW or more as part of a limited run of razor-sharp hatchbacks.

That would be enough to put it in the same stratosphere as cars like the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG, Volkswagen Golf R and Audi S3, a generation of hatchbacks that offer performance to rival decade-old supercars.

Ford’s rival is likely to be offered in limited numbers. If the previous model is anything to go by, the RS will be priced around $60,000, more than $20,000 above the brand’s Focus ST hot hatch.

A Ford Australia spokesman says the Focus range – including the ST – will be facelifted in 2015.

He says it is too early to speculate on details surrounding the rumoured RS.



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