New Ford Focus RS to hit the market in 2014 image

The North American based automaker Ford is planning to launch the Focus RS by 2014, and the new hot hatch is expected to get an impressive 350 horsepower.

Team RS has set its eyes into equipping the upcoming Ford Focus RS with 350 horsepower, which will be achieved by using the turbocharged 2.3 liter inline four-cylinder engine. The unit is also expected to be used in the next generation of the Ford Mustang, where it will offer approximately the same output. The engine won’t be the only thing shared with the upcoming Mustang and the same platform is also expected to be used on the new Focus RS.

But while 350 HP from a 2.3 liter engine seems to be more than enough for any hot hatch, the Ford Focus RS is rumored to get the same front-wheel drive so the competition from Volkswagen or Opel, with their Golf R or Astra OPC / Vauxhall Astra VXR can send its engineers home. Ford is putting its money on the electronically controlled limited slip front differential and leaving aside the all-wheel drive which is a good thing to do in the United States, where you don’t have any corners, but in the real world, under steer will definitely make some victims. The upcoming Ford Focus RS will go on sale in 2014 and it’s expected to be priced from 29,000 USD.

Source: Auto Express