Bad news from the Michigan based automaker, the Ford Focus RS model has been discontinued. It was confirmed just days ago that the new Focus will not bear the RS badge. It is quite sad for RS fans as their beloved drift machine made famous by Gymkhana has been put to rest. Okay, now I know I have emphasized that the Focus RS is no more but it breaks my heart that the performance hatch I rated so high is gone. However, there might be hope for it to make a comeback.
The reason why the RS has been dropped is that Ford cannot keep up with the strict European emissions standards and increased CO2 taxation. Ford is unable to create a powerful yet fuel-efficient engine for the Focus RS that will meet emission regulations from the reported 2.5-litre engine. They were planning to mate the engine to a hybrid powertrain in order to boost power to about 400 hp (298 kW) or more on the new RS but unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned and it had to be scrapped.
The Ford Focus RS badge was born in the year 2009 when it came out as the RS500 which was a monumental creation from Ford as they created a hot hatchback the world has never seen. The 2.5 litre turbocharged 5-cylinder produced an incredible 345 hp (257 kW) and 460 Nm of torque with all that power going to the front wheels. The successor ditched the “RS 500” plate for a simplified RS badge and downsized to a 2.3-litre turbocharged EcoBoost 4-cylinder, now used in the Focus ST model while employing a four-wheel drive system. Power remained the same but the torque was decreased by 20 Nm of torque.
In the past, we have seen numerous camouflaged Focus performance models testing at the Nurburgring and our assumptions were that it was the upcoming RS but now Ford has ruled it out which kind of confuses us whether or not that it was just a fluke.
It remains in the air whether Ford will reconsider an RS model ever again. Some reports suggest that the Ford engineers in the “Ford Performance” division are hard at work trying to find a way in which they can bring back the Ford Focus RS.
Source: Carmag South Africa