Spied: Ford Focus RS
Super-Focus poised to take on EVO X in Europe.
BY STEVE SILER, PHOTOGRAPHY BY HANS G. LEHMANN/HIDDEN IMAGE
CAR & DRIVER
Tantamount to rubbing salt in the long-bleeding wounds of American Blue-oval enthusiasts, Ford TeamRS (the European equivalent of SVT) is preparing yet another hot-rod morsel based on its Euro-only Focus: the Focus RS. Though on the outside this test mule looks just like the three-door Focus ST, a turbocharged front driver with a 225-hp five-cylinder engine, certain items like a larger front air intake and unique wheels portend that this one might be, um, special. As in a 300 horsepower, all-wheel-drive special.
How do we know? According to our source, as these shots were snapped, the driver put his foot down, which was followed shortly by the “rally-like sound of a dump valve while shifting gears” and an exhaust note that simply couldn’t be confused with that of the ST’s more modest motor. Oh yeah, and the fact that the re******t rocket-like acceleration came unaccompanied by either any high-pitched squealing or clouds of white smoke from either front tire.
The last time a Focus RS was offered was in 2003 (back when Europe got the same Focus we still get over here), making this one long overdue. Hmm. We’re thinking this could be the perfect thing to fill the garage of a Southern France timeshare. Anyone game to go in with us?
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