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Old 03-01-2010, 05:22 PM   #1
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Ford Confirms RS/ST Version of New Focus for Global Markets



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During a pre-show event in Geneva, Ford confirmed the development of a high-performance version of the new Focus that will be powered by a version of its 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine family that features both turbocharging and direct-injection and will be offered in all markets.


"We want to reassure enthusiasts of Focus performance models that we have a plan for them as well," said Derrick Kuzak, Ford's group vice president of Product development.


"Our commitment is to deliver an exciting performance model of the new Focus on a global basis and using a version of our advanced new Ford EcoBoost petrol direct-injection turbo engine. We're not ready to reveal more details yet, but we recognize how important this model will be in the Focus line-up, particularly for customers in Europe."


Currently, Ford's 4-cylinder EcoBoost range comprises of a 1.6-liter unit with 150HP or 180HP and a 2.0-liter engine with over 200HP. In Europe, both the current Focus ST and RS are motivated by a 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-five with 225HP and 305HP respectively.


Chances are that the hot Focus will use a pumped up version of the larger 2.0-liter EcoBoost producing over 250HP.


The company did not say if the hot Focus would wear the ST, RS or perhaps a different badge altogether in the case of the North American market model (SVT anyone?), but it did say that the car will be available within the next two years.


http://carscoop.blogspot.com/2010/03...ance-rsst.html




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It may not be an earth-shattering revelation or anything – Ford's own Jost Capito said about as much a couple weeks back – but Ford has reportedly confirmed at the Geneva Motor Show that it is merging its European and American high-performance divisions into one unit. First up on The Blue Oval's hi-po radar will be a hotted-up version of the new next-gen Focus.

Will the car carry an ST, RS or SVT badge? That we don't yet know. Nor do we know what engine will be powering the hot hatch, though our best guess (which goes along nicely with rumormill fodder) would be a four-cylinder EcoBoost. Perhaps Ford will find a few more ponies lurking within in its new 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injected mill. We'd also gladly take the Powershift six-speed dual clutch gearbox.

All-wheel or front-wheel drive? Dunno. Hatchback bodyshell? Probably, and we hope so. Sale date? No clue, but certainly not before 2011 hits and probably well into the year. Price? We'll see. Clearly, there are way more questions than answers at this point, but you can consider our interest officially piqued by the notion of a return to real performance from Ford's neglected (in the U.S. at least) Focus platform.
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Old 03-01-2010, 07:00 PM   #2
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Old 03-01-2010, 07:04 PM   #3
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Old 03-01-2010, 07:39 PM   #4
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finally ford gets into the North American budget end performance/hot hatch group
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Old 03-01-2010, 07:47 PM   #5
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Jesus... They finally got a clue.
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Old 03-01-2010, 07:51 PM   #6
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AWD Turbo hatch in the Mid 20's.. Please please please Ford !
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Old 03-01-2010, 07:57 PM   #7
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^ probably not awd actually.

This will be epic when it comes to the states. I love ford more and more.
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Old 03-01-2010, 08:21 PM   #8
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Sweet. They are finally going to bring the car from Ford of Europe to the U.S. About Friggin' Time! Hopefully this is somewhere in the $20K range and not somewhere in the Mid $30K+ Range.
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Old 03-01-2010, 09:01 PM   #9
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Please leave the added weight of AWD off the car. Keep it 2wd, be it Front or Rear(yes I know it wont be rear). By the way, that is completely a Volvo designed engine. It looks identical to my T5 down to the oil pan, sans 1 cylinder. Plus Volvo DI technology.
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Old 03-01-2010, 09:11 PM   #10
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This is surprising, arousing and suspiciously uncharacteristic news!
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Old 03-01-2010, 09:57 PM   #11
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This is the work of Mr. Ken Block himself About time though, when can I order?
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Old 03-01-2010, 10:01 PM   #12
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Why this is exciting news when the GTI, MS3 and WRX are already here, I have no idea. Market is getting crowded. Hard to imagine the day I'd say "whoopty doo" to another ~250hp hatchback but yep, it's come. Dime a dozen now.
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Old 03-01-2010, 10:15 PM   #13
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Good news for those of use that get the Ford family discount
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Old 03-01-2010, 10:19 PM   #14
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If anything it will wear an SVT badge and be "Americanized", which will be too bad.
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Old 03-01-2010, 10:28 PM   #15
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I'll believe it when I see it.
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Old 03-01-2010, 10:30 PM   #16
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^^ this too ^^
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Old 03-01-2010, 10:49 PM   #17
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Sounds like this will save them money....why wasnt this done a long time ago?
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Old 03-01-2010, 11:20 PM   #18
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If anything it will wear an SVT badge and be "Americanized", which will be too bad.

I would love SVT to get there hands on one of these, it would be "Americanized", in a good way!
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....why wasnt this done a long time ago?
Now that the base V6 mustang is making 300 hp, the focus won't outperform the "sports car". I predict a slightly watered down version from the current RS, but it should still be interesting. It will also be priced $25k+ (similar to the V6 mustange, but won't exceed the mustang GT's price point).

We'll see,
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Our SVT will likely be the rest of the worlds ST. Pushing 300hp would cut into the mustang too much.
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The majority of the kind of people who buy Mustangs wouldn't buy a hopped up FWD economy car even if it outperformed it. Enthusiasts only make up a small percentage of the customer base.
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220-240hp, 6spd true DSG transmission or 6speed manual, priced & equipped similar to the VW GTI & MazdaSpeed3 (platform mate).
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The majority of the kind of people who buy Mustangs wouldn't buy a hopped up FWD economy car even if it outperformed it. Enthusiasts only make up a small percentage of the customer base.
Exactly, for the most part a person who wants a mustang wouldnt want a RS and vice versa most of the time. Personally Id rather have the mustang, I would appreciate the RS but I really dont want one.
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:56 AM   #24
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I have to agree with a post above, this will be EPIC, especially since it most likely be a FWD turbocharged hatch, i bet alot of people will **** with us GR guys lol
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Why this is exciting news when the GTI, MS3 and WRX are already here, I have no idea. Market is getting crowded. Hard to imagine the day I'd say "whoopty doo" to another ~250hp hatchback but yep, it's come. Dime a dozen now.
You know, industrial, normally I find myself in agreement with you on most issues, especially in the PP. But this time I think you need to think about joining another forum. Something like this.
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