Although Ford bosses simply stated that the new Focus RS would generate more than 320bhp, sources have suggested that it could get even more powerful prior to its launch.
The final exact specifications are expected to be revealed later this year, though it’s understood that 320bhp will be the absolute minimum, meaning that it could generate around 340bhp or even more.
Sources from Ford told CAR Magazine that the company has been playing it cool and waiting to see what rivals are offering, in order to get the leg up on the competition and make the RS as good as it can be.
Potentially 340bhp or more
It’s also expected that Ford could release a limited edition version of the Focus RS with even more power underneath the bonnet, similar to the last generation RS500 which came with an extra 45bhp.
The new Focus RS was officially revealed last month, with sharp and dramatic styling and a range of high-performance features like flared wheel arches, deep front splitters and a large spoiler.
It rides on 19-inch lightweight alloy wheels as standard, while buyers can also specify the RS with a choice of normal tyres or optional racing tyres for the first time on an RS model when it goes on sale.
Whatever the final output figure is, the new Focus RS is powered by the same turbocharged 2.3-litre petrol EcoBoost engine that currently features in the all-new 2015 Mustang.
Linked to a four-wheel drive system that includes Launch Control and a special Drift Mode to help drivers hoon it around corners like the best drifters, the new Focus RS is being billed as the “most thrilling” RS yet.
Fans of performance Fords could be in for a treat as well, as according to Dave Pericak, director of Ford Performance, said that more RS models could be on their way sooner rather than later.
More RS models to come soon
No details have emerged just yet, but Pericak said that Ford’s new go-faster division would be releasing the new RS models sooner in a car’s life cycle to boost interest and sales.
Typically, an RS-badged model came late in a car’s life, as was the case with the Mk1 and Mk2 Focus RS models, but Ford Performance says that releasing them earlier will also benefit brand image.
It’s possible, therefore, that RS versions of cars like the Mondeo could appear, although reportedly there won’t be a Fiesta RS, as it’s believed that the market is too small for it.
Full specifications and pricing for the all-new Ford Focus RS have yet to be released, however, the car is slated to go on sale in the UK early next year.