Ford has reportedly been planning to incorporate a hybrid drive set-up in its next-generation Ford Focus RS and will also attempt to convert the vehicle into an all-wheel drive sports hatch.
While the planned hybrid drive on the next Focus RS will resemble the drive technology present on the Peugeot Hybrid 4, it will consist of an Ecoboost unit of 2.0 litre capacity connected to a electric motor fitted on the rear axle of the vehicle.
Both the RS and ST variants of the car will have an engine power of 250 bhp, butt he addition of the electric motor on the RS will increase the total power of the vehicle to 300 bhp. The new drivetrain will also increase the fuel-efficiency of the new Focus RS as compared to existing Focus RS models.
Ford could provide further details about the vehicle during the Paris Auto Show due to be held in October, where the company will also put its Focus ST on display for the first time.
American auto manufacturer Ford will display its new 2012 Ford Focus ST in the upcoming Paris Auto Show in the month of October. The new model will feature a new EcoBoost engine that is likely to be similar to the 2.5-liter turbocharged engines present in existing Ford models such as the Galaxy, S-Max and Mondeo.
The EcoBoost unit in the next Focus ST could provide as much as 300 bhp of power and will employ the torque vectoring technology created by Ford to channel that power to the front wheels of the car and to help the car grip the road as much as possible.
The new Focus ST will also be capable of bursting from 0 to 100 kmph speeds in a matter of 6 seconds and has a maximum speed of 250 kmph (155 mph). It will also be more fuel efficient than the existing Focus ST model and is expected to release in 2011, after the Europe launch of the hatchback and wagon variant of the Ford Focus in April 2011.
So you got your hands on a Focus RS but feel like your little beast is capable of more, how about getting some help from the crazy German tuners from Mcchip who have recently taken the RS to the highest levels? The stock version already churns in a good 224kW (305hp) and 440Nm of torque, but the Mcchip Focus RS brings two tuning levels to choose from. First one is a 254kW (345hp) version with 520Nm of torque and a top speed of 271km/h for €799, while Power Stage 2 goes even more extreme 295kW (401hp), maximum torque of 612Nm and a top speed of 278km/h if you can afford some €4,499.
Ford Focus, the small family car which has taken the world captive with its astounding sales numbers is back again adorning an all new look. Spies have managed to capture a test mule of the 2011 Ford Focus Hatchback for the very first time. Prior of this, the spy photographers managed to capture the Sedan and Wagon versions but the Hatchback was a mystery until now. The Focus will be available for purchase in 2010 as a 2011 model and will hopefully be coming with several different versions of turbocharged engines. There might also be an electric version of the Focus getting readied for sales in America. But am I the only one who doesn’t think it’s thaaaaat great? [via WCF]
The middle class battle is getting crazier and crazier now that the new Ford Focus leaked on the Internet. The guys at Auto Express published a rendering of how this little fella might look like. Other than the aggressive look they’ve also got some specs and we’re interested.
The EcoBoost engines start with the 1.0 liter that develops 89 to 109 hp and the best looking is the 1.6 liter turbo that sports from 148 to 178hp. Of course there are diesel engines, too. I’m talking of a 1.6 liter TDCi ranging from 89 to 128 hp and a 2.0 liter that outputs from 168hp to 197hp. It looks like Scirocco and the new Megane will have a “pretty” competitor by the end of 2010 when it’s supposed to go on sale. – via AU
There have been many renderings on how the new Ford Focus RS will look, but the wait is over because the Germans have come out with official news. And pictures. Here is an early prototype undergoing performance and durability testing at the Nürburgring Circuit in Germany.
The new Ford Focus RS is going to feature the same turbocharged Duratec 2.5-litre five cylinder in the 225 PS Focus ST optimized to generate over 280PS and more than 400 Nm of torque, with a front-wheel-drive and a limited slip differential. It should be launched early 2009 in Europe, but I’m sure we’ll get to see it first during the London Motor Show, in July.
Geneva is going to be a great Auto Show in March if we consider the number of new models we’ll get to see. Here is another one I’ve heard of : Ford is preparing their Focus Coupe Cabriolet model, created in a partnership with Pinifarina. As you can see it looks stylish and I can assure you it’s going to be fast, too, using a 100 hp 1.6-l Duratec petrol engine, a 145 hp 2.0-l Duratec HE engine or a 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel developing 136 hp and a 320 Nm maximum torque.
There will also be a Ford Focus Coupe Cabriolet “Titanium” version that comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, black headlamp housings and a leather interior. We have no prices right now, but still drooling on the picture.
A few months ago Ford was testing their new Focus RS on the Nurburgring and today they released a teasing picture and what more can I say that I looks very “racy” with its new wings and spoilers, bonnet air vents or the blistered wheel arches. The same “racy” looks are used on the interior, but should be very comfortable as well.
The 2008 Ford Focus RS superhatch, will use a 2.5L modified Volvo engine with five-cylinders that sports 280hp unlike opposed to those 225hp on the ST model and 400 lb-ft torque.
We don’t have a price for this runner but it should be available on the streets, late 2008 or early 2009.