Hot Hatch

The New Ford Focus RS Will Share the Mustang's Engine

A turbocharged 2.3-liter four pot with 300 horsepower, that is.

Just as Ford reveals its updated Focus ST hot hatch, we’re now receiving more clues as to what we can expect when it comes to the even hotter RS version. The previous-gen Focus RS was a Europe-only affair, but this time around Ford is bringing this insanely hot hatch stateside as well. Our spy photographers just caught up with an RS test mule (ignore its ST badges) as it lapped the Nurburgring, and based on their impressions, this thing is going to be very powerful.

Sources tell us the RS will be powered by Ford’s new 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder – the very same unit that’ll also be available in the new 2015 Mustang. Remember, Ford claims the Mustang EcoBoost will have a total of 305 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. This output will be about the same in the Focus RS. You can also see this prototype has a reconfigured front end when compared to the ST; after all, a bigger engine has its requirements. There also appears to be four-piston brakes, possibly sourced from Brembo. At the rear there are two, fairly large exhaust outlets as well. What we don’t know yet is whether the new Focus RS will have AWD. A 2016 launch is expected.

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