The third-generation Ford Focus RS is here! Not only is it powerful and turbocharged as you might expect, but this time around it is also four-wheel drive!! Ford is on the performance offensive recently with the release of the GT and the Focus RS is likewise sure to scare the pants off everything else on the market.

2015 Ford Focus RS

Though the precise figures haven’t been released yet, we do know the Focus RS is going to be aggressive. Ford puts projected output at ‘over 316bhp’ courtesy of a 2.3-litre turbo four-cylinder, with as much as 330bhp possible. To put that into context, similar top end hot hatches currently see the VW Golf R and the Honda Civic Type R put out 296bhp and 276bhp respectively.

The 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine (shared by this year’s Mustang) ‘red lines’ at 6,800rpm, CO2 emissions are down 20 per cent on the old RS’s Volvo-derived 2.5 five-cylinder and a six-speed manual box is standard.

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The interior is a slick as you’d like from a hatchback and outside the car actually looks a little grown up compared to previous models. Yes you still get a massive spoiler, unique wheels, and a rather imposing front fascia / splitter, but generally this Focus is more mature than previous models and we think we might just love it.

The Focus RS will be the 30th car to wear the legendary RS badge, following such technology trendsetters as the 16-valve 1970 Escort RS1600, the turbocharged Sierra RS Cosworth of 1985 with its radical aerodynamics, and the four-wheel-drive 1992 Escort RS Cosworth.

“The all-new Focus RS is a serious machine with high-performance technology and innovative engineering that sets a new benchmark for driving exhilaration on the road and track,” said Raj Nair, group vice president, Global Product Development, Ford Motor Company. Whilst we haven’t given this baby a spin yet, you can’t argue with Ford’s commitment to performance innovation. At the launch in Cologne Ken Block was on hand to put a development car through it’s paces.

For the first time, the new Ford Focus RS will go on sale globally rather than sold only in certain markets. It goes on sale next year coming in at less than £30,000. The start of 2015 has definitely belonged to the Blue Oval.

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