There has been debate over the years as to whether the Ford Focus RS or ST is the better hot hatch. However, according to a past report by Motor Authority, it really wasn't going to matter anymore, because Ford was strapped for cash, and the RS was no longer on the plate. Well, it would appear that Ford has had a change of heart.
“I can't give you any confirmation today, but let's say there's a strong desire,” Ford's Europe COO, Barb Samardzich, commented to Auto Express this week. “Something like that makes a great halo car.” Yes it does Barb, and I'm glad to hear you say that. The Ford Focus ST is on the way later this year, but we were hoping for something more than a 247 bhp 2.0-liter turbo. Such as perhaps the 304 horsepower, 2.3-liter Ecoboost turbo (the same as in the Mustang).
While Ford may be hesitant to come right out and say it, I'll do the job for them, and suggest that a 2016 Ford Focus RS is likely headed to dealerships in 2016. There are a lot of engine options the RS could use. However, the 2.3-liter from the Mustang would make the most sense. And as Auto Express reminds us, there is still plenty of potential in that engine, which means that Ford could tune it to 350 horsepower without much sacrifice to its longevity.
Ford has enjoyed somewhat of a successful heritage of highly respected RS cars, and to turn their back on that would leave room for that space to be filled by any number of possibilities. This might include such contenders as the VW Golf R and Honda Civic Type R. 2017 will likely be the next scheduled update for the Ford Focus, which leaves a 2016 launch date for the RS as ideal.
So there you go, Ford... We've got it all figured out for you. Build it.