New pictures have surfaced online showing a car based on the current Focus RS undergoing testing.
Although it looks almost identical to the new Focus RS (which we tested in our July issue), this test mule features an important update in the shape of the air vents on the bonnet. Other pictures have also indicated a larger wing compared to the unit which is shown in these pictures.
We initially reported on the likelihood of this car some two months back, but these pictures suggest that Ford is clearly testing the possibility of an even higher-performance hatch.
According to reports, this new model has not officially been given the green light, however, if it is given the go-ahead, Audi;s RS3 and the Mercedes-AMG A45 will definitely be square in Ford’s sights. But to be able to match these Germans on performance, Ford will have to ditch the smooth (and very involving) six-speed manual gearbox for a dual-clutch transmission, while power will have to climb closer to the 290 kW level, up from the current 257 kW.
As reference, we achieved a 0-100 km/h acceleration time in the RS of 4,98 seconds. while managing 4,35 seconds in A45 and a remarkable 4,20 seconds in the RS3.
If Ford builds this modern-day RS500, expect it to be manufactured in limited numbers.
Also, be sure to watch our video comparison of the Focus RS verus the Audi RS3.
Pictures courtesy: Carscoops