Ford Focus RS

Ford Focus RS

Ford released a new promotional video of the Focus RS to help give the Europeans a little more detail on the car, but it also taunts us in the U.S. with a hot hatch we can’t have. Because the Focus RS is powered by a 2.5-liter 20-valve DOHC engine that delivers 300 hp at 6500 and a peak torque of 440 NM (325 lb-ft.), we were hoping that Ford was at least going to show us a little front wheel burnout.

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.

Ford Focus RS

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.

Ford Focus RS

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.

Thinking about a European vacation? Maybe this will help finish the deal: Ford started production of the Euro-only 2009 Focus RS today.

This hot hatch is now being build alongside its tamer siblings like the Focus 3- and 5-door hatchback, wagon and ST as well as the C-MAX and Kuga , all at Ford’s Saarlouis facility in Germany. The Focus RS uses a 2.5-liter turbo four-cylinder to make 300 hp and 302 lb-ft. of torque. The RS also gets new body parts to incorporate wider wheel arches and a wider track, deeper side rocker moldings, and unique front and rear bumpers.

Ford was kind enough to mention that the Focus RS will be available in more than 20 European countries, with the largest disbursements in the UK, Switzerland and Germany. So for those in the U.S., book your tickets there.

Press release after the jump.

Just another bit of proof that Europe gets all the good cars, the2009 Ford Focus RS has not even been launched yet, and the company already received 1000 orders for it. Ford previewed the Focus RS at the British International Motor Show in London in July.

The Focus RS is powered by a turbocharged version of the Duratec 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine that delivers 300 hp. This kind of power gives the little Ford a 0 to 60 mph time in under six seconds.

Ford revealed today more details on the 2009 Focus RS to be previwed at the paris auto show next month. The production version will be revealed in July 2009 at the London Motor Show and sales will begin shortly after.

Ford reveals more details on the 2009 Focus RS

Ford is confirming performance target figures for Focus RS as 0-100km/h in under 6.0 seconds and a top speed of 260 km/h or more. We would give you the figures in miles-per-hour, but Ford decided that the Focus RS is not something the U.S. wants, ha!

Ford will use the show car’s bright green metallic paint finish it calls ‘Ultimate Green’ on the production RS. Ford says it is a both a modern interpretation of the 1970s Ford Le Mans Green and a reflection of the livery worn by Ford’s World Rally Championship Focus cars. The Focus RS will also be available in Ford Performance Blue and Frozen White, each with the choice of blue or green color matched interior. A full black leather option will be available for all three exterior colors.

Ford will preview at the British Motor Show the 2009 Focus RS. It will go on sale in early 2009.

The Focus RS is powered by a specially developed, turbocharged version of the Duratec 2.5-litre 5-cylinder engine that delivers 300 hp and a peak torque of 410Nm.

Ford Focus RS

Front and rear quarter panels have been revised to incorporate wider wheel arches and a wider track, complemented by revised, deeper side rocker mouldings. In another visual reminder of the car’s performance potential, triangular, RS-badged vents sit behind the front wheel arches. Two classic-style bonnet louvres are both a styling hint at the power beneath and a practical requirement, maintaining correct system temperatures.

Ford Focus RS

The completely new front bumper design for Focus RS incorporates a deep front airdam with a large, mesh lower grille in an extended trapezoid. Stylish and practical, this prominent feature represents the latest Ford ’kinetic design’ face and also is finished in piano black. Above, chromed xenon headlamps stand out like cat’s eyes and are framed by matt-black housings with unique additional vents running underneath.

It will make the 0 to 60 mph in under six seconds.

After Ford revealed the first official spy images of the Focus RS , AutoZeitung revealed today the first images of the concept that will debut at the British Motor Show.

Ford Focus RS Concept - official images?

The Focus RS is powered by a specially developed, turbocharged version of the Duratec 2.5-litre engine, based on Focus ST, but significantly revised to generate over 280 hp and more than 400 Nm of torque, thus achieving an excellent power-to-weight ratio.

Source: Autozeitung

Ford revealed today the first official details about the Focus RS. First prototype of the fastest Focus road car to date is now undergoing performance and durability testing at the challenging Nürburgring Circuit in Germany, in preparation for its launch in 2009.

Ford Focus RS Prototype

The Focus RS is powered by a specially developed, turbocharged version of the Duratec 2.5-litre engine, based on Focus ST, but significantly revised to generate over 280 hp and more than 400 Nm of torque, thus achieving an excellent power-to-weight ratio.

The new Focus RS test and development programme is now well underway and will continue for several months, prior to the vehicle being readied for production in early 2009.

Ford will unveil next year the most powerful version of the Focus hatchback based on the ST version and this are the first images that are said to be official. Well, official or not -they don’t look so real after all, imagine a car on the road without a driver-, the car will be a very hot thing, and the proof are the 280 hp!

Ford Focus RS - official images?

The 2009 Focus RS will compete with the powerful Golf R32, but Ford will keep the price under the price of its competitor. Compared with the R32, the Focus RS will have a FWD system, and not a RWD one, the only reason being the weight.

The 2009 Focus RS will be the 21 RS model launched by the company; first one being the 1970 Escort RS1600.

Ford Focus RS - official images?

Under the hood there will be a modified version of the engine found on the ST version, with an output up to 280 hp. The 0 to 60 mph sprint will be made in less than five seconds, while the top speed will be limited to 155 mph.

A concept version will be unveiled in July at the London Motor Show, while the production version will follow in March 2009.


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