When the Ford Focus RS didn’t make its debut at the Detroit Auto Show last week, much of the automotive community was thoroughly disappointed. However, even though we don’t have an unveiling, Ford did give us a preview. The above video comes by way of Ford Performance and shows footage of the car being test driven on tracks in the US and Belgium.
The Ford Focus RS is scheduled to make its world debut on February 3rd, contrary to earlier assumptions that the Blue Oval would make the big reveal at the Geneva Motor Show. The new RS model is part of Ford Performance’s vision to unveil at least 12 performance models before the close of the decade. With the unveiling of the new Ford GT, the Shelby Mustang GT350R, and the F-150 Raptor, they’re well on their way.
Though we don’t have any definitive technical details on the car, its’s speculated that the Focus RS will employ the same 2.3 liter turbocharged in-line four cylinder as the Mustang EcoBoost. The engine will ostensibly be rated just above the Mustang, with between 325 and 350 horsepower. All-wheel drive and torque vectoring are also suspected to be available, and that’s probably a safe assumption, judging by the test car’s massive brakes.
For the first time in the model’s history, the RS will be made available in the US. However, this is only half as good as it sounds. Since the model will likely be entirely imported from Europe, that means the numbers bound for American shores will likely remain small, at least for the immediate future. Pricing for the car should start at around $30,000.