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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
Tudor Rus
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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 full bio
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