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High-Performance Ford Focus RS Coming to the U.S.

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  • Ford's next-generation Focus RS is coming to the U.S.
  • Upcoming Focus RS will likely offer more power and performance than Focus ST
  • Ford has not yet announced any major details about the Focus RS

The high-performance Ford Focus RS is finally coming to the United States, according to the automaker's chief executive, Mark Fields, who recently confirmed that the next-generation model of Ford's high-performance hatchback will have a global launch.

The U.S. debut of a new Focus RS would be great news for American car enthusiasts, who have been clamoring for the sporty hatchback for years. The outgoing Focus RS, sold only in foreign markets like Europe, featured an impressive 301-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, a far more muscular powerplant than the 253-hp engine installed in today's Focus ST.

Unfortunately, Ford didn't announce other details about the upcoming Focus RS, though automotive enthusiasts and journalists are already speculating about what the high-performance hatchback might offer. Some suggest it will feature all-wheel drive, a departure from the outgoing model's front-wheel drive layout, while others speculate it will use the same 310-hp turbocharged EcoBoost engine as the all-new 2015 Mustang.

Whatever engine Ford installs in the Focus RS, it will undoubtedly outshine previous Focus models sold in the U.S. Beyond today's 253-hp Focus ST, Ford's only other high-performance American-market Focus was a 170-hp SVT model sold in the mid-2000s.

Although Ford hasn't announced when the upcoming Focus RS will make its debut, we'll have more details as soon as they become known.

What it means to you: The all-new Ford Focus RS will bring additional performance to the impressive Ford Focus lineup.

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