Ford confirms that there will be a next generation Focus RS and it will arrive sometime in late 2013 or early 2014.
Ford has confirmed that it will have a successor to the Focus RS and it will arrive in late 2013 or early 2014. Like the outgoing hatch, it will have at least 350hp and front-wheel-drive. Ford's global chief of small cars, Gunnar Hermann, has gone on record saying that the new Focus RS could create more power than the limited edition RS500 model that produces 350hp from the turbocharged five-cylinder engine taken from Volvo. However, it is unlikely that Ford will continue using the Volvo-sourced engine.
According to Gunnar Hermann, engineers are working on extracting more power from the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that will power the Focus ST, which is slated to produce 247hp. Hermann also stated that the new Focus RS will continue to be a front-wheel-drive model and will use a similar suspension setup as the previous model that allowed for a high amount of power to be transmitted effectively through the front wheels. The only question now is whether the Focus RS will make its way to the North American market. Photos displayed are of the 2011 Ford Focus RS500.