Ford’s global chief of small cars, Gunnar Herrmann has revealed that not only will the RS see a third iteration, that it will also deliver more than the current model’s 305 horsepower. Ford will also stick with its front-wheel drive strategy.
One of the secrets to the RS’s ability to limit torque steer is the Ford developed ‘Revoknuckle’ suspension. It works in conjunction with a Quaife automatic torque biasing limited-slip differential. Hermann also confirmed that this arrangement would be carried over to the next model.
The new Focus RS is expected to be powered by a specially massaged version of the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine that will shift the 2012 Ford Focus ST (pictured). While the ST will achieve around 250 horsepower, the next hot RS version could generate as much as 350 horsepower.