2009 mega Focus breaks early ahead its London motor show debut six weeks from now
11 June 2008

This is the 2009 Ford Focus RS, caught in leaked company pictures ahead of its London motor show debut six weeks from now. The 300bhp hot hatch sports a bright green paint job, with black accents on the mirrors, spoilers, diffuser and the leading edge of the bonnet. The Ford Focus RS will bring genuine 150mph performance and sub-6 sec 0-60mph acceleration when it goes on sale in Britain early next year. The new RS will take the basic Focus ST elements of a 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine, front-wheel drive and develop them further with a new Quaife gearbox.Entry price is likely to be below £25k and Ford hopes to sell between 5000 and 7000 Focus RS models per year. Check back shortly for more official details.

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11 June 2008

Autocar and co,

your sources are weak. RS will be 4WD.

11 June 2008

[quote jl4069]RS will be 4WD[/quote]

Really? I thought Ford had ditched the idea of 4WD on the grounds of cost.

Wow! That price almost puts it into the same market as an Audi S3 or BMW 130i! Not sure how they reckon they will outsell both these models. (Im sure Audi sells less than 4000 S3's per year in the UK). At this price the RS really needs 4WD to justify the cost

11 June 2008

[quote Quattro369]Not sure how they reckon they will outsell both these models...[/quote]

These cars cost more like £30K when spec'ed up and to be honest aren't really that special, kids won't have pictures of them on their walls. Ford RSs have fantastic residuals as well as performance and are so rare they could cost over £30K and comfortable sell out. I had one of the last Focus RS's that cost £20K back in 2003 - you can still pay £13K now. As for the Escort Cosworth I had before that, the same one would cost more now than what I paid for it in 2000!

I think these pictures are also unlikely to be official mind you, the quality of the images is not good enough, there is speculation on other websites that these are faked, but we wait and see.

I do hope they opt for 4WD, it would be good to see it return.

11 June 2008

[quote jl4069]

Autocar and co,

your sources are weak. RS will be 4WD.

[/quote]

Well I'd like to know where YOUR sources are from? The official press release even admits Ford are not likely to use a 4WD system... So unless you're actually Jost Capito himself, I have doubts, surely it's not profitable to sell a sports model 4WD for less than £25K... Would be awesome if they did though!

Anyway the pics look fapping brilliant! I think as soon as I can put a deposit down, I'll be at the Ford showroom jumping up and down with the money lol!

With mention to the 5000-7000 sales a year, it's interesting as it hints in won't be a limited production run like previous RS models... It will be in full production until the Focus Mk3 which is due in 2011-2012.... Not so good for risiduals but will allow me to maybe afford one! Well I hope so anyway! :(

11 June 2008

[quote Quattro369]At this price the RS really needs 4WD to justify the cost[/quote]

It'll need 4wd to more than just justify the cost. 300bhp through the front wheels?

The last RS seems to have aquired iconic status; so I should imagine they will have no trouble shifting 4000+ models. Add to that, the fact Ford are leaders in chassis development and I think we'll be on to a winner.

11 June 2008

I love the colour - it properly reminds me of the original 70's RS2000's and Escort Mexico - you need a loud colour on a car like this. They will need to be careful about how much or how little bodykit they clad it in - the original RS2000 Escort was quite understated, as was the last Focus RS. Some big stripes in bright colours would be good too. I think these pictures look partly official, but the backgrounds being blurred are a bit dubious.

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

11 June 2008

Yeah, but then I think the understated look is also part of the appeal, although in a loud colour it would look nice.

I don't agree with the images being official to be honest, coming from a graphic design environment they look tampered with since the lighting on the cars doesn't match the background nor does the scenery in the background through the privacy glass... I do think it will more or less look like this though... Who knows!?!

The lime green paint is I believe is from the anniversary edition fiesta is it not? It will be interesting to see if they make the new RS in varying colours this time... And I wonder if it will be one-spec does all again?

Did anyone see the Top Gear render of what the RS might look like? See below:

[url]http://www.topgear.com/content/features/stories/2008/02/stories/17/1.htm...

11 June 2008

[quote jl4069]

Autocar and co,

your sources are weak. RS will be 4WD.

[/quote]

My sources suggest that the car will, almost certainly, have 4 wheels and that the tyres will be made of rubber.

11 June 2008

I'm just looking forwards to the damn thing arriving so that the never-ending speculation can be put to rest!

11 June 2008

[quote NiallOswald]

I'm just looking forwards to the damn thing arriving so that the never-ending speculation can be put to rest!

[/quote]

Yeah, bit like global warming... *runs*

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