We recently shared rumors that the Euro Focus RS might be headed our way and it’s now been confirmed by Ford CEO Mark Fields. At a press conference in Dearborn yesterday, he announced the Focus RS will be coming stateside to challenge sport compact veterans, the Subaru WRX and VW Golf R.
The car will ditch its 2.5-liter,Volvo derived 5 cylinder motor and arrive in 2016 with a turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost mill producing 310 HP and 320 lb-ft of torque courtesy of the 2015 Mustang. Add all wheel drive to the mix and the hot hatch crowd will have a new pocket rocket to add to their shopping list. The car will not be built in Michigan alongside its other Focus stable mates, but instead be sourced from Ford’s Saarlouis Assembly in Southwestern Germany and imported across the pond. We’re expecting limited availability as a result.
Additionally, Mustang guru and Chicago native Dave Pericak has been appointed head of Ford Global Performance as well, so expect a little pony car DNA in all of the Blue Oval’s future performance cars.
With another brick of the “One Ford” strategy in place, the Focus RS will join the Mustang and represent a formidable one-two punch in performance segments around the world. Keep your eyes peeled as the Focus RS might appear in just a few weeks at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.