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Ford Confirms High-Performance RS/ST Version of New Focus for Global Markets

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Ford Confirms High-Performance RS/ST Version of New Focus for Global Markets

During a pre-show event in Geneva, Ford confirmed the development of a high-performance version of the new Focus that will be powered by a version of its 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine family that features both turbocharging and direct-injection and will be offered in all markets.

"We want to reassure enthusiasts of Focus performance models that we have a plan for them as well," said Derrick Kuzak, Ford's group vice president of Product development.

"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 recognize how important this model will be in the Focus line-up, particularly for customers in Europe."

Currently, Ford's 4-cylinder EcoBoost range comprises of a 1.6-liter unit with 150HP or 180HP and a 2.0-liter engine with over 200HP. In Europe, both the current Focus ST and RS are motivated by a 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-five with 225HP and 305HP respectively.

Chances are that the hot Focus will use a pumped up version of the larger 2.0-liter EcoBoost producing over 250HP.

The company did not say if the hot Focus would wear the ST, RS or perhaps a different badge altogether in the case of the North American market model, but it did say that the car will be available within the next two years.

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http://carscoop.blogspot.com/2010/03/ford-confirms-high-performance-rsst.html

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