We heard so many rumors out there that talk about the next-gen 2015 Ford Focus RS, which is still a big mystery until this article was written. Focus RS fans or even potential buyers may still curious about what will be done by Ford on its high-performance hatchback. Everything is just a matter of time to uncover the secret, so we should wait until another year.
The next-generation Focus RS has been undergoing testing many times in prototype form, even it was also tested in the form of a Focus ST by using different engines. What we know is that Ford will take an all-new EcoBoost engine from the 2015 Mustang and put it into the new Focus RS. Some reports and rumors recently also indicate the same thing as what we say here.
Talking about the engine spec, the high-performance 2015 Focus RS will most likely be powered by a turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine with a greater power output than the Mustang engine. The new engine is expected to deliver more than 355 horsepower and 345 lb-ft of torque. Of course, we expect the maximum output will be greater than the Focus RS500 which produces only 345 horsepower.
To refresh your memory, the 2011 Ford Focus RS500 is powered by a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine that can develop up to 345 horsepower (350 PS) at 6,000 rpm and 339 lb-ft of torque (460 Nm) at 2,500-4,500 rpm. This engine allows the limited edition RS500 to sprint from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in just 5.6 seconds before hitting a top speed of 265 km/h (165 mph) — 0-60 mph completed in 5.4 seconds and 0-100 mph in 12.2 seconds. It’s thanks to some changes made by Ford, such as revised ECU software and installing larger air intercooler as well as a new air filter.
As we all know, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost is the same engine that will be seen on the 2015 Ford Mustang when the legendary pony cars go on sale next year. Unlike the Focus RS, a 2.3L EcoBoost engine in the new Mustang would only offers 305 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. Nevertheless, the Detroit automaker claims that this engine is more fuel efficient than most other engines, thanks to the EcoBoost technology and four-cylinder configuration with a 2.3-liter small capacity.
In addition, the new Mustang engine is still more powerful than the standard 3.7-liter V6 engine that can deliver 300 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. At least it’s still better than the 3.7-liter V6, both in terms of power output and fuel economy. The all-new 2.3-liter EcoBoost received benefits from the use of turbochargers, direct injection, variable cam timing and new intake manifold.
Compared to the regular Focus, the next-gen Focus RS will reportedly have a big difference in terms of aerodynamics systems and exterior design. But the car will remain in the form of a five-door hatchback as you can see on the regular models. The most prominent difference may be seen in the front-end design of the car, because the high-performance RS version will require a little more space to put its turbo engine.
Several other high-performance upgrades certainly will be offered on the Focus RS, such as using new RevoKnuckle front suspension, revised brake system and new active electronic differential which serves to manage torque at the front wheels. Unfortunately, the all-wheel drive configuration may not be offered, considering it could make the price tag became too expensive. Instead, the Focus RS will only be available as a front-wheel drive models like the previous generation. Styling design will be updated, while the interior will be focused on the sport aesthetics.
2015 Ford Focus RS Release Date allegedly scheduled for late 2014
One thing that remains a big question until now is about the Focus RS release date. The Dearborn-based automaker still sealed confidential information relating to its release schedule. However, we predict that the 2015 Ford Focus RS will most likely be launched in late 2014 or possibly in early 2015 at the Detroit Motor Show. We think this release schedule may be quite reasonable.
On the other hand, the high-performance RS version could arrive late in the life cycle of the Focus before this compact hatchback will be replaced with the next generation model. It’s like what is done by most other automakers by launching a high-performance model in the life cycle of their products to increase customer interest. As for price forecast, the 2015 Focus RS will likely go on sale with a price tag of more than $39,000. It’s too expensive? Ask monkeys in the jungle. :D