Next Ford Focus RS Could Be A 400HP Electric Beast

Ford will unveil the new generation Focus in April, but details about the range-topping RS version have already started to come out despite the fact that the range-topping hot hatch is still some time away from us.

According to AutoInternationaal, the next Focus RS will use a hybridized powertrain with a 48V electrical system and an integrated starter-generator.

This will result in it having around 400 horsepower and some 600Nm (443lb-ft) of torque, if the information turns out to be correct. That’s about 25hp and 100Nm (74lb-ft) of torque more than the current RS with the Mountune upgrade, and would put it in the same league as the Mercedes-AMG A45 and Audi RS3 Sportback.

What’s more impressive is that the 0 to 100km/h (0-62mph) sprint time might drop to as low as 4.0 seconds, which is a couple of tenths of a second quicker than its two premium German rivals.

The new powertrain will reportedly work in conjunction with a six-speed manual transmission. However, since the next-gen Focus RS is expected to be a hit in North America and China, a dual-clutch automatic transmission is said to be in the works as well.

Buyers will have to wait some time before getting their hands on the upcoming hot hatch, but the lesser Focus ST might debut as early as this fall at the Paris Auto Show with up to 275hp.

The ST will follow the regular versions of the compact hatch, which will be launched at a standalone event next month.

Note: 2019 Ford Focus prototype pictured

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  • LWOAP

    They can get 400hp out of it without using electric motors. Those things will just make the car heavier. But if Ford chooses to go down this route so be it. I do hope the performance will be able to deal with the extra mass and make it faster around the track.

    • willhaven

      The RS is already a porker. It will be curious to see what they do about the weight problem. Perhaps they’ll use a lot of aluminum and carbon fiber?

  • Auto

    Not another blender – iPhone – appliance powertrain! I want a REAL engine.

  • Six_Tymes

    Oh wow, I didn’t know the RS will be coming back with this new model. COOL

  • Honda NSX-R

    But will it have drift mode?

  • Hybrid hot hatch… can it recapture what made hot hatch great?

    • Miknik

      Hot hatches of today are already way too poerfull, big, heavy, complicated and AWD to capture the pure fun at not lethal speed of something from the 80ies to the early 90ies

      • Well I don’t mind with super hot hatch, they can provide extreme thrill if it done correctly. But what I miss is the era of cheap and cheerful hot hatch.

        • Miknik

          My main gripe with these hyper hatches is that the weight, tech and power push the limits – aka where a car is actually fun – to speeds that you can’t possibly achieve on public roads, unless you are an enormous idiot. And going to the track on the weekend is a hobby in itself; Something like the famous Peugeot 205 GTI was actually fun at road legal speeds, yet quick, and because there was little NVH damping and weight, you really felt what you were doing, not only looking at the speedo or winning the traffic light drag race with launch control….

          • Pretty much issue with current performance cars, yes they can produce amazing stats, but how much real life driver can feel it on the road.

  • Vassilis

    Interesting… Thing is, by then, the RS3 and the A45 will have more than 400hp.

  • Bob White

    Made in China like the rest of the Focus line?

  • Mr Hahn

    Plot twist it’ll be impossible to mod and will have problems.

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