We first showed you the teaser shot as well as a few spy pics of the Focus RS last month. The new Focus RS is a successor to the ready for action 2002 Focus RS but also pays homage to the Cosworth Escort RS that is still a gorgeous car by today’s standards.
Powered by a 280-hp version of the 2.5 liter 20-valve five-cylinder turbo that powers the Focus ST, the Focus RS makes additional power with modified pistons, cams and valve springs, a bigger turbo, a larger intercooler and modified electronics. Top speed will be governed at 155mph, but 60 should come up in under six seconds, maybe into the low fives.
All-wheel drive is not a part of the package, so the RS will probably draw plenty of comparison to its sister brand’s Mazda3 MPS [aka MazdaSpeed3 here in the US]. Despite the lack of AWD however, the VW R32 is also squarely in its sights. Transmission choice could even include a six-speed sequential manual that Ford calls the PowerShift.
The RS will probably go on sale in Britain around March 2009 at a price of £25,000. Put down the Forex calculator, fellow Americans, we probably won’t see anything like it at least until the next generation Focus in 2011 if even then.
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