The next-generation Ford Focus RS could have a power output of 330 hp, as stated by Matthias Ton, Chief Program Engineer for the Focus ST. He also added that the 2.0-litre Ecoboost of the ST was in need for a change, because was close to its power limit. In reporting the news, Autoexpress also say that the car will be produced and launched by the end of 2013.
The third generation RS won’t be equipped with a new version of the the 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine, but will be replaced by a 2.3-litre Ecoboost that is currently under development at Ford in North America. This tuned unit would provide higher performance and will develop an output similar to the RS500 limited edition.
According to early rumours, the Ford Focus RS will mount a limited slip differential, a new braking system and a completely revised mechanical system to improve traction and reduce torque steer, in order to increase driving performance. The aesthetics are expected to be extensively revised with new aerodynamic cues and sports interiors to achieve a grittier and more extreme look.