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Ford Focus RS Prototype Was Sent Back 10 Times Until It Was Perfect

Now all that's left is to drive it.

Ford Performance has been on a hot streak lately. 2015 is shaping up to be the year of major debuts – and it’s only March. At Detroit in January, there was the Mustang GT350R, second-generation F-150 Raptor, and, of course, the all-new GT supercar. And now there’s the new Focus RS, an all-wheel drive hot hatch that’ll produce at least 315 hp. But you shouldn’t think of it as just a Focus ST with some bodywork and an AWD system; no, the Focus RS is much, much more than that.

Speaking with Ford Performance engineering manager Tyrone Johnson at Geneva last week about the car’s specifics (or as much as he could reveal), we were told that RS prototypes were sent back from management a total of ten times before final approval. Johnson explained that it was essential to get the RS business case right. It was necessary for customers as well as Ford to "get the most out of the dollar" in terms of overall packaging, performance, and value. The Focus RS you see before you is, we were told, the very best it can be.

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