The first Ford Focus RS has been spotted in the U.S., and in Royal Oak, Michigan of all places. However we here at Top Speed are familiar with those manufacturer tags, and know that the M in the middle of the license plate means exactly that, manufacturer.

Hopefully this employee of the Ford Motor Company will be able to come up with some rationale as to why the 300 HP hot hatch should be sold stateside. Hear that development engineer, or marketing guy or even some executive’s kid. Go back to where you got this car from and don’t stop pleading until the order is placed to bring 1000 or so of these 2.5 Liter turbocharged RS’s over to this side of the pond.


Source: focusfanatics

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  (137) posted on 05.6.2009

For me, I don’t wish to be skeptical over this matter, whether they are seeing market potential in the US or not for the hot hatch that is why that M plated RS is in MI, but all I can say is that this Ford needs to trust is follower especially in the US.

  (116) posted on 05.6.2009

I just hope that the presence of the M plated Focus RS means positive for the US market.

  (231) posted on 05.6.2009

If green cars and making it in the US market why not with hatchbacks? If Prius is doing great stateside, why not Focus RS. I believe it more on the faith that Ford should give to their product.

  (177) posted on 05.6.2009

Marketing hatchback for a muscle car enthusiast market is really difficult. But Ford should not neglect the fact that this is still a potential market that they can tap specially with this promising product.

  (289) posted on 05.6.2009

Yup it’s the demand which Ford mostly afraid of. since North America have a negative record with hatchback in terms of sales. Pushing this car to enter the US soil might need a lot of assurance from the volume of buying forces.

  (318) posted on 05.6.2009

I think the real issue here is the the demand. If there will be a demand based on surveys then most probably this car will surely come to this side of the pond, but as we all know the US market is not that fond of hatchbacks. So that’s the reason why even Scrirocco, Fiesta and other small hatchies are not that ready for the US.

  (314) posted on 05.6.2009

They say it is up until 2012 before US market will get a taste of this hot hatch, which refers already to the next generation. Take it as something positive or negative, in the end we are not having it now. But in MI this baby was spotted maybe for some serious discussions with the exec baby after the amalgamation of Ford’s performance divisions in the United States and Europe – SVT and Team RS is finalized.

  (421) posted on 05.5.2009

Just watch the GT-R vs Ford Focus RS in the Youtube and you know why people are so excited with this hot hatch to come to the US. It could be the best compact performance car ever. Better than the Cobalt SS, better than the JDM Civic Type-R, better than the STi, better than the Renault, and better than the Evo X. What makes it better? The wonderful FWD driving dynamics and the confidence handling, thanks to the new RevoKnuckle system.

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