The third instalment of the Ford Focus RS hot-hatch is close to being signed off by its manufacturer, according to a UK report.

CarAdvice wrote in March 2012 how development of the next-generation RS had been delayed, and UK publication Autocar claims Ford insiders have now indicated it’s back on track – for a 2015 launch.

The magazine says the new Ford Focus RS will switch the previous model’s brilliant Volvo-sourced 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo engine for a 2.3-litre four-cylinder direct injection turbo derived from a unit that will also power the 2014 European version of the Ford Mustang.

Power is rumoured to increase from the previous engine’s 224kW to about 243kW.

Ford told CarAdvice in 2012 that it was still keen to avoid using an all-wheel-drive system that would help get that power to the ground but would also add significant weight to a Focus that is already a relatively heavy car in its segment.

The company indicated it’s likely to continue with the clever front suspension set-up it calls Revoknuckle, which was employed on the previous Ford Focus RS (pictured above) in conjunction with a limited-slip front differential to impressive effect to help limit torque steer – the effect that can involve violent tugging on the steering wheel.

A 240kW-plus output would also give the RS a power advantage over the Ford Focus ST hot-hatch released last year and producing 184kW from its 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo.

Australian driving enthusiasts will be hoping the new Ford Focus RS would be more reasonably priced than its predecessor if it were to come here.

The previous-generation RS came to Australia late in its lifecycle, was available in limited numbers (about 300), and cost $59,990 before on-road costs.

 




  • Amlohac

    Mad car, pure madness.

    On a side note, 2.3L turbo in a Mustang? Ah whaaaaaaaaat?

    • $29896495

      They recon the Mustang will be smaller and lighter, which is why Ford aren’t allowing Euro Ford to develop a coupe from the Evos. Instead, US publication suggest it will be a basis for the Mustang body. (hope the Focus is reasonably priced 3 door)

      • Amlohac

        But…. its a Mustang? Does not compute! It’ll be like the Mustang in Fast n Furious Tokyo drift with the 200sx engine in it lol.

        • $29896495

          Maybe… But every reliable US publication is saying the same thing.

  • davie

    Do Ford still share engines with Mazda? Is this proposed RS engine related to the crazy 2.3 DI turbo engine in the Mazda3 MPS?

    If so – its no bad thing. The original Mazda3 MPS has unbelievable rolling acceleration. It just needs that Ford RS knuckle suspension to  make it perfect.

    • Eveready

      My understanding it is still based on the MZR/Duratec
      engine, but has been heavily revised by Ford. 
      Mazda have migrated to a new engine family that underpins the SkyActiv
      powertrains.  Ford is still developing
      the engines for its Ecoboost powertrains.

      • Rick

        No No No, not for the MPS. Mazda do not use SKyActiv on the MPS Turbo model. It’s the same 2.3 litre unit. Although I assume it will be heavily revised for the new ST for sure. It’s true this engine is an animal and very well tuned to be held back in the MPS. The rolling acceleration of the MPS is phenomenal it would put most new Australian V8′s to shame in rolling acceleration.

        • Zaccy16

          yep great car the mps, great value for  money! too overlooked i think

        • Monk

          I read when it came out that it did the 80-120 quicker than a 911

          • Amlohac

            Its 80-120, in third gear happens in meer seconds. Its always a constant giggle to drive. I do miss mine now that its gone.

      • Zaccy16

        the mzr version of the 2.3 and 2.0 has always been better than the duretec versions, the mazdas always have better torque and power fir some reason eg my mazda 6 produces 122kw and 207 nm of torque from its mzr engine and makes a great throaty warble when doing so compared to the much heavier current base mondeo that on produces 118 kw and the same torque but doesn’t sound as good as the mazda and also is alot slower

        • $29896495

          4 kilowatts isn’t going to make a great deal of difference. extra weight and gearing and exhaust will though.

          • Zaccy16

            on paper no but in practise my 7 year old 6 feels much more powerful even with the 4sp auto then the new mondeo

          • $29896495

            That’s quite possible considering the size of the Mondeo as opposed to the 6. the poor Mondeo is stuck with relatively small engines and a set aimed at economy. If you are talking the original Mazda 6, it’s a FULL size smaller.

    • Zaccy16

      thats what i was thinking! that disi 2.3 turbo that is in the current gen 3mps, last gen 3mps, 6mps and cx7 is a great engine and has fantastic mid range torque! it just needs an refresh to fix fuel consumption, in the ford it might be still the standard mzr 2.3 l like in my mazda 6 but with new turbo, much better engine in my opinion compared to the unrefined 5cyl

  • Maz

    Bordering on too much power, if not already for a FWD car.. Would be a lot more fun in RWD/AWD guise!

  • Blonkers

    AH! but FWDs give you lift off oversteer! Great to see faces of people when they think FWDs can’t slide and give you a better turn-in ;)

    The Original MPS had crazy in-gear acceleration but was let down by its lack of a revoknucle/similar suspension with a LSD. Also its chassis wasn’t that great to begin with. Hopefully they will get some know-how from Ford for the third gen.

    • Rick

      Wrong again, the MPS does have a from limited slip diff. Mazda had no way abound this and had to add one. What it doesn’t have is the Revoknuckle front suspension like the RS and Megane RS have, this is why you still get a tonne of torque steer and the reason why Mazda limit peak torque in 1st and 2nd gear. Still for a competent driver you can drive around this and extract the maximum out of the car. An MPS is an extremely fast car. Those who have owned or driven one know this.

      • Zaccy16

        exactly rick, the mps is for real drivers and has a great chassis from the normal mazda 3′s

        • Dave

          Come on now, its hardly a great chassis. Megane RS has a great chassis, it is leaps and bounds in front of the torque-steering and indirect MPS3

          • Zaccy16

            it is a great chassis but i admit the rs265 is better but is alot newer than the 3mps

          • Dave

            I think maybe Renault just do it better than anyone else. The older Megane and Clio RS models will run rings around the MPS3

      • Amlohac

        I had one, it was bonkers. I do find cars that try at every chance to kill you enormous fun to drive though.

  • Poison_Eagle

    Exciting stuff! I hope it comfortably surpasses the Megane this time though. Also, Honda is cooking something special with the next Civic Type R, so things will be interesting. I’m sure it will demolish the Golf R, but with Jost Capito at VW now, maybe not, eh?

    • Chaitanya Kumar Samardhi

      This one would cost about $20k more than a Megane RS. It should be better. 

      • Amlohac

        For $20 grand more it had wanna suck the fillings out of your teeth through your arse with its power delivery.

        Its going to be totally mental theres no doubt about it. Dont shatter my super high expectations Ford!

  • Dave W

    240+kW?!? It’ll be a torque steer monster regardless of the Revoknuckle.

    • Dave

      Wrong. The RS500 (which never came to Australia) had 261kW, yet Revoknuckle was easily able to cope with the extra power.

      It is widely known that the Megane RS250 puts down way more than the acclaimed 188kW, its usually well over 200kW and there isn’t a faintest sniff of torque-steer

      • Dave W

        Fine. It’ll be a tyre shredding monster then.

      • Chaitanya Kumar Samardhi

        that is the difference between Renault sport and Ford engineering.