Ford revealed all the official details, plenty of new pics, and a lot of boasting on the Focus RS. At this point it is almost like Ford of Europe is enjoying taunting us in the states with the hottest of hatches that we can’t get our hands on. So for our European audience: please snicker quietly, and if you get one, send us some video.
For starters, the Focus RS will be powered by a 2.5L 20 V DOHC RS engine that delivers 300 hp at 6500 and a peak torque of 440 NM (325 lb-ft.). The engine is mated to a specially-developed, six-speed Ford RS transmission. It shares its gear ratios with the Focus ST gearbox on which it is based, with minor modifications to bearings and clutch housing and a revised, stronger differential. Due to this modifications the RS can hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in second gear.
The RS can make the 0-100km/h (0-62 mph) sprint in 5.9 seconds and can hit a top speed of 263 km/h (163 mph). But the car still has a frugal nature. It has a combined fuel economy of 9.4 l/100km (30.5 mpg) and emits 225 g of CO2 per km.
More details (a lot more) in the press release after the jump.