The news is accompanied by a short video (above) of ex-Stig and professional driver Ben Collins offering a brief rundown on the RS hatch’s driving modes - including a fancy ‘drift mode’ function.
The new Focus RS, now a five-door and four-cylinder affair, made its world debut in February last year as a successor to the earlier three-door and five-cylinder RS that saw just 315 examples made available for Australia.
No such restrictions will hamper fans of the new model when it launches locally in the middle of 2016. And, at $50,990, it will also be a markedly more affordable option than its $59,990 predecessor.
Power in the new-generation Focus RS is provided by Ford’s 2.3-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder turbo petrol engine, sending a mighty 257kW and 440Nm to the hatch’s all-wheel-drive system exclusively through a six-speed manual transmission.
That setup, packaged into the 1575kg RS and combined with a number of traction tricks, promises to deliver a 0-100km/h time of 4.7 seconds.
The Focus RS is built at Ford’s plant in Saarlouis, Germany. The company set a record there in July last year, producing its five-millionth Focus hatch at the German plant.
CarAdvice’s Alborz Fallah will drive the new Focus RS in Valencia, Spain, later this week as part of the new hot hatch’s international launch. Watch for his review to follow.