Focus RS predicts “too early to speculate” on Ford

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Since Ford unveiled the fourth generation Focus two years ago, we’ve been waiting for news of the high-performance RS version. However, it is unlikely that we will arrive in the United States. At the end of last year, rumors began to circulate that it would include a mild hybrid system to pass the tightening of European emission regulations. Although at the start of this year, there were doubts about the presence of a Focus RS, which resulted in a report released earlier this week that confirmed that the model was dead in developing waters. But a new report says the opposite.

While rumors of the model’s demise were based on anonymous sources within Ford, the new story of CarAdvice a Ford spokesman said it was “too early to speculate” on the future of the Focus RS. The new Focus builds on the company’s C2 platform, which the spokesperson said presents a “highly advanced architecture loaded with technology”, adding that the platform is capable of adapting to “a range of efficient powertrains ”.

Reports of its possible hybridization appeared in August of last year. In December, there was a rumor that Ford would electrify the rear axle of the RS, giving the hot hatch 400 horsepower (298 kilowatts). It would keep the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, but would only power the front wheels. This output would place it in the same class as the Mercedes-AMG A45 S which develops 416 hp (310 kW).

Ford spokesman also said CarAdvice that the RS model often arrived later in the life cycle of the Focus, rarely launching alongside the regular version. Initial rumors once again suggested that a fourth generation Ford Focus RS would arrive for model year 2021, although later rumors suggested that it could be pushed back to 2022 or 2023. Be that as it may, Ford does not comment future products, and we won ”I don’t know if there will be a new RS until Ford says so. Until then, this is just speculation – and it is still a little early for that.

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