Ford has confirmed the third generation of the Focus RS will be going on sale sometime in 2015.
Power will reportedly come from a new 4-cylinder, 2.3-liter turbocharged engine developed in-house to output approximately 330 hp. The same engine will also power the next-gen Euro-spec Mustang (due in 2014) and will use the most current direct-injection and turbocharging tech to reduce fuel consumption.
The new engine will be transversely mounted and is expected to have more horsepower and torque than the Euro-spec Mustang, as a move to maintain it as a flagship model in Ford’s European lineup where the bulk of sales are awaited. Early plans hinting at electric motors for the rear wheels to cut emissions and boost performance have also been eliminated because implementing such tech would have been too expensive.
The 2015 Ford Focus RS will feature the Sound Symposer to amplify engine note inside by opening a valve between the engine bay and the cabin. The car will also have the RevoKnuckle front suspension, just like in the previous RS. This suspension layout has been rejected for the current ST because the electronic torque vectoring system is considered enough to handle the 247 hp and 360 Nm output.
The new Focus RS will come with a limited slip differential, beefier brakes and tires, along with a sportier interior cabin. Future buyers expecting the same three-door style will be disappointed however, as it will be sold exclusively in a five-door hatchback variant.