This story doesn’t apply to readers in Europe, where Ford Focus RSs grow on trees and the Ford Focus RS fairy leaves one under your pillow when you turn 18. This is for the Ford fans in the U.S. who, for years, have been forced to lust over the blue oval’s mightiest hot-hatch from across the Atlantic.

We already know the Focus RS will be landing on American shores for the first time soon enough, but if you can’t wait for the all-wheel-drive 2016 Ford Focus RS, then here’s your chance to own a second-generation, street-legal-in-the-United-States 2010 Focus RS. This green example will cross the auction block at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach event with no reserve.

We can only imagine the waking bureaucratic nightmare the owner endured to get it imported into the U.S. and registered. We do know a Focus RS purchased in Mexico was brought back to the U.S. in 2010. That car was also green, but we’re not sure if this is the same car (the Mexican license plate shown in the pictures suggest that it is). Either way, we’re glad they went through the trouble, because this is absolutely one of the most unique Fords you can buy in the U.S.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2010 Ford Focus RS.

Why it matters

The second generation Focus RS’s Volvo-derived, 2.5-liter, turbocharged, five-cylinder engine puts down 300 hp in stock form. The sprint to 62 mph takes 5.9 seconds and top speed is 163 mph. The 2016 RS will likely blow those numbers into the weeds, but this example isn’t exactly stock.

Modifications include a larger Garret GTX35 turbo, TiAL MVR external wastegate, larger valves, aluminum manifold, 1000 cc injectors, larger intercooler and radiator, modified exhaust and forged pistons. Estimated horsepower isn’t mentioned in the listing, but we’re guessing it’s somewhere north of 400 — a handful in a front-wheel-drive car, but its Endless brake kit helps it stop as well as it goes.

Other than the engine modifications and Kenwood stereo, this car comes off as completely stock and has only covered 14,500 miles. Sure, the 2016 RS will be better in almost every respect, but it will never be the unicorn this one is. In fact, if it somehow ended up parked in my driveway, I’d probably start returning to stock specifications for preservation purposes.

2010 Ford Focus RS

2009 Ford Focus RS
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Read our full review here.

Source: Barrett Jackson

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