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Focus RS confirmed for February
So that’s little less than two weeks to wait for the range-topping new Focus to re-enter the smoking-hot hatch domain. In the meantime, Ford has revealed this short teaser video showcasing the RS during testing.
We’re told the ESP and traction control systems were deactivated for this video, filmed on closed courses with pro drivers in Belgium and the USA. Suffice to say, it’s lairy as hell.
What do we know about the new Focus RS then? It will form one of 12 new performance vehicles built under Ford’s new ‘Ford Performance’ team, sitting in its ‘High Performance’ echelon a step above the ST. We’re expecting Ford to use the 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine as seen in the new Mustang.
And during TG’s stint with the new Focus ST, we learned that the upcoming RS will pack well over 300bhp, and be tailored more for the track. So expect something fast, hard and - quite likely - very shouty.
“To earn the RS badge,” Raj Nair, Ford group vice president of global product development explained earlier, “the vehicle has to be a no-compromise driver’s car that can deliver exceptional performance on the track when required while providing excellent every day driving.”
We’ll have more when the car officially launches. For now, watch it get very sideways and very lively in the teaser video above. Excited, much?