Expect prices to spike quickly for the third-gen Ford Focus RS

There’s no easy way to put it so here we go: Ford won’t build a fourth-generation Focus RS because it cannot develop a high-performance hybrid powertrain for the sports car, one that would help the carmaker keep its vehicle fleet within the EU’s CO2 emission standards requirements.

A hybrid powertrain focused on performance is “not cost-effective”

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According to Autocar, Ford won’t pursue the development of the fourth-generation Focus RS because it would have to implement a performance-oriented hybrid powertrain for the hot hatch and doing so is not financially feasible.

“As a result of pan-European emissions standards, increased CO2 taxation and the high cost of developing an RS with some form of electrification for a relatively low volume of vehicles, we are not planning another RS version of the Focus,” said a Ford spokesperson quoted by the same outlet.

This does come as a surprise because we expected Ford’s engineers to come up with a suitable hybrid powertrain for the hot hatch.

We even wrote in-depth about the topic earlier this year, when we believed the new Focus RS will be a performance-focused hybrid.

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As things stand right now, the range-topping Focus will be the ST variant, at least for the current generation, until Ford finds a way to make the Focus RS work - perhaps for the model’s fifth iteration? One can dream, right?

The 2019 Ford Focus ST, unavailable in the U.S., starts at €32,200 in Germany. It can be had in two flavors, powered by either a gasoline engine or a diesel one.

The gasoline unit is a 2.3-liter EcoBoost mill good for 280 PS (276 horsepower) while the diesel is a 2.0-liter EcoBlue powerplant rated at 190 PS (187 horsepower). The only transmission available is a six-speed manual.

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For the sake of the argument, the previous Mk3 Ford Focus RS made do with a 2.3-liter turbocharged and intercooled EcoBoost engine that cranked out 350 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 350 pound-feet of twist at 3,200 rpm. A six-speed manual gearbox sent power to all fours via a smart full-time all-wheel drive setup fitted with a drift mode.

2021 Ford Focus RS vs 2020 Ford Focus RS
2021 Ford Focus RS Current Ford Focus RS
Horsepower 400 HP 350 HP
Torque 395 LB-FT 350 LB-FT
0 to 60 mph 4.3 seconds 4.7 seconds
Top Speed 165 mph 165 mph
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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