Ford engineers on Team RS have their sights set on the next Focus RS model, although the variant has yet to be made official by the automaker.
It would be a 2015 model, and the team at Ford already knows what they want for it, starting with “at least 320 hp”. This would come from a turbocharged 2.3-liter 4 banger with balance shafts and direct injection. While the team really would like to drop the 5-cylinder 2.5-liter under the hood, the lost partnership with Volvo hinders the move.
The 2.3-liter is expected to power the 2014 Mustang, but the Focus RS is expected to get more boost out of it, and will need to be re-worked due to the transverse mounting for the Focus, as well.
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Team RS tossed around the idea of a 4WD platform, but front wheel is the most probable choice as a 4WD chassis would weigh too much. As for the suspension, the team says “RevoKnuckle is not dead and you’ll see it again”.
A 5-door body style will be featured on the model as well, with no coupe or 3-door planned.
– By: Alexandra Koken
Source: Top Gear