Update: Ford Focus RS Review.
In news that has taken everyone by surprise, Ford Australia has just fulfilled the greatest wish for any hot hatch fan - the Ford Focus RS is coming down under.
Going on sale in the fourth quarter of this year, only 315 examples will be available, meaning exclusivity will be assured. Three different colours will be coming: Ultimate Green, Performance Blue, and Frozen White; each being associated with the current RS for some time now.
Using its acclaimed RevoKnuckle front-wheel-drive system, the Focus RS delivers 224kW and 440Nm from its 2.5-litre, turbocharged five cylinder. Peak torque comes in at just 2300rpm.
Ford Australia President & CEO Marin Burela today said he was "very pleased and incredibly excited" to announce the Focus RS's availability.
"The buzz and excitement surrounding Focus RS has spread rapidly around the globe since it was introduced in Europe early last year, winning a host of motoring awards and receiving widespread critical acclaim for its outstanding combination of high-performance road car technology and every day Focus practicality," said Mr Burela."Now it is poised to conquer the Australia market, setting a new benchmark for hot hatch performance in this country and creating a whole new generation of performance car enthusiasts in the process," he said.
Bespoke Continental tyres wrap around 19-inch alloys connected to the - excuse me while I type this out - Quaife Automatic Torque Biasing Helical Limited Slip Differential (whew!) meaning grip will be plentiful.
Inside, the Australian Focus RS features Recaro front seats with a leather/alcantara mix, six-disc Sony sound system with eight speakers, rain sensing wipers, and rear parking sensors. Bluetooth will be offered, along with iPod connectivity and keyless entry. A start/stop button brings the Duratec engine to life. Outside, the Focus RS receives self-levelling xenon lights with washers, and rear parking sensors, to prevent scratching of its precious bumper.
The price? Ford Australia tells us it's going to be $59,990. More details when they come to hand.
We can't wait.