The Ford Focus RS is one of the most impressive sports hatchback in the European market. And if you were impressed by the current generation, wait until Ford unveils the new generation Focus RS in 2015. According to the British magazine TopGear, the soon-to-be-launched Focus RS is fixing to go down as the most impressive RS ever, delivering a total output of 320 horsepower — a 20-horsepower increase over the current 300-horsepower model.
The current Focus RS is powered by a 2.5-liter five-cylinder, but for the next generation Ford will replace it with a new 2.3-liter four, with turbo, direct injection and balance shafts. Incidentally, this is the same engine that will be used for the Mustang starting in 2014, although for the RS, it will be updated to deliver more power.
The next RS will also be equipped with a RevoKnuckle front suspension and big brakes, but most importantly it will be a five-door model and not a three-door version like the one currently in the market. About the only potential downside is that Ford will not offer a 4WD system because this will add too much weight for an RS.
Updated 02/24/2014: Swedish magazine Auto Motor Sport reports that the new generation Focus RS will be powered by an updated version of the new 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine used in the Mustang, with the output increased to about 330 horsepower - which represents a 30 horsepower increase over the previous generation.
The new-generation WRX STI is powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter, boxer engine that delivers a total of 305 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque. The engine is offered exclusively with a bespoke six-speed manual.
Prices on the U.S. market will start from $35,290.
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Around the time Ford brings the new Focus RS onto the market, Mitsubishi also plans to unveil a new-generation Lancer Evolution. Rumors suggest that the next Lancer Evo will use a hybrid powertrain that will combine a 1.6-liter engine and an electric motor that will take its power from a set of lithium-ion batteries.