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by Matt Brogan

Following news last month that Ford will soon release its next-generation Focus, comes a report from UK publication Auto Express this morning that Ford engineers have reportedly turned their environmental attention to the next-generation RS high-performance version of the global car.

According to the report, the new Ford Focus RS will be met with a green tinge that could see a petrol-electric hybrid offering under the bonnet.

It is reported that the car will feature a version of Ford’s 2.0-litre direct injection EcoBoost engine to drive the front wheels, with an electric motor driving the rear –  essentially giving the Focus RS an all-wheel drive system.

Early estimates put the total power output of the Ford Focus RS at around 224kW, which should be enough to see 0-100km/h times around the five second mark and a top speed of 250km/h. Fuel consumption figures are likely to be just as impressive with numbers around the 5.8L/100km speculated.

The new Ford Focus RS is expected to hit the roads in early 2013.




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