It’s one thing to introduce a car, but it’s another thing to plan a roll-out. To us geeks on the street, we anxiously wait for every new version of the cars we love, but admit it—cars are a business, and roll-outs require strategy to pave the way for their success. Such are the rumored circumstances involving the Ford Focus RS.
Autocar reports that Ford Europe chief Stephen Odell has said that the Focus RS is “some ways off … there’s nothing to talk about … for now there is nothing to say.”
Currently, we have the Focus ST, a GTI-fighter that does quite well, thank you. But Ford was planning on rolling out the rally-inspired Focus RS for a European 2015 introduction. Seems that Ford has its hands full with the roll-outs of the Ford Mondeo (the same car as our Fusion) and the brand-new Mustang (which has world-car aspirations). It’s being suggested that the Focus RS may step on the Mustang’s toes, so it may be held back a bit.
Understandably, the two cars may have different target markets, but they both will share the EcoBoost 2.3L turbo four. In the Mustang, horsepower is expected to be 305 horsepower, while the RS should have upwards of 330. Ford would like to avoid cannibalizing the Mustang’s appeal to Europeans with the advent of the Focus RS.