Ford confirms high-performance variant of new Focus

Ford confirms high-performance variant of new Focus

At a pre-show event leading up to the Geneva Motor Show, Ford has confirmed the development of a high-performance version of its new Focus that will be powered by one of its 4-cylinder EcoBoost engines. The new motors features both turbocharging and direct-injection and are to be offered in all Ford’s markets globally.

Derrick Kuzak, Ford’s group vice president of Product development had this to say “We want to reassure enthusiasts of Focus performance models that we have a plan for them as well.”

“Our commitment is to deliver an exciting performance model of the new Focus on a global basis and using a version of our advanced new Ford EcoBoost petrol direct-injection turbo engine. We’re not ready to reveal more details yet, but we recognise how important this model will be in the Focus line-up, particularly for customers in Europe.”

What’s happening right now is that Ford’s 4-cylinder EcoBoost range consists of a 1.6-litre unit with 135kW and a 2.0-litre engine with over 150kW. In Europe, both the current Focus ST (Xr5 Turbo) and RS (pictured) are motivated by older Duratec 2.5-litre turbocharged inline-five cylinder engines with 168kW and 227kW for the RS.

Smart money is on the new hot-hatch Focus using a power-increased version of the larger 2.0-litre EcoBoost and should produce over 185kW.

Ford didn’t specify if the hot Focus would wear the ST, RS or perhaps a different badge altogether, but it did say that the car will be available within the next two years.

Will it come down to NZ? We can only hope at this stage, but we never got to see the current model Focus RS here and had to make do with the watered down XR5 Turbo, so fingers crossed.

At a pre-show event leading up to the Geneva Motor Show, Ford has confirmed the development of a high-performance version of its new Focus that will be powered by one of its 4-cylinder EcoBoost engines. The new motors features both turbocharging and direct-injection and are to be offered in all Ford’s markets globally.

Derrick Kuzak, Ford’s group vice president of Product development had this to say “We want to reassure enthusiasts of Focus performance models that we have a plan for them as well.”

“Our commitment is to deliver an exciting performance model of the new Focus on a global basis and using a version of our advanced new Ford EcoBoost petrol direct-injection turbo engine. We’re not ready to reveal more details yet, but we recognise how important this model will be in the Focus line-up, particularly for customers in Europe.”

What’s happening right now is that Ford’s 4-cylinder EcoBoost range consists of a 1.6-litre unit with 135kW and a 2.0-litre engine with over 150kW. In Europe, both the current Focus ST (Xr5 Turbo) and RS (pictured) are motivated by older Duratec 2.5-litre turbocharged inline-five cylinder engines with 168kW and 227kW for the RS.

Smart money is on the new hot-hatch Focus using a power-increased version of the larger 2.0-litre EcoBoost and should produce over 185kW.

Ford didn’t specify if the hot Focus would wear the ST, RS or perhaps a different badge altogether, but it did say that the car will be available within the next two years.

Will it come down to NZ? We can only hope at this stage, but we never got to see the current model Focus RS here and had to make do with the watered down XR5 Turbo, so fingers crossed.

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