- The Ford Focus RS, a high-performance hot hatch, was sold in the US between 2016 and 2018, but was discontinued with the fourth-generation model in 2019.
- A digital artist has created a 2024 Ford Focus RS concept based on the current-generation model with aggressive styling and RS-specific visual updates.
- The Focus RS concept will likely have a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with increased power similar to the Mustang EcoBoost, but Ford has not officially revealed any plans for the new Focus RS.
Ford Focus RS has disappeared. The crazy hot hatch was sold in the United States from 2016 to 2018. The MKIII we got was powered by a 2.3-liter turbocharged engine borrowed from the Mustang EcoBoost. The four-position engine developed 350 hp, accelerating the American Focus RS to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds.
Ford discontinued sales of the Focus in the States when the hatchback entered its fourth-generation model in 2019. The new version is available in Europe, but without the RS trim. With Ford ending regular Focus models by 2025, it’s unlikely we’ll see a new Focus RS anytime soon.
Hotcars digital artist Rostyslav Prokop dreams of a 2024 iteration of Ford’s stellar hot hatch as a final send-off. The digital concept is based on the MKIV Focus, showing us what the current-generation hatchback would look like in its high-performance guise.
Our rendering shows off the Focus RS stunningly
Previous Focus RS models had the same basic exterior styling as regular hatchback models. The big difference was that the high-performance versions came with several different body panels, such as bumper covers, new wheels, a distinctive grille and a giant rear roof spoiler.
Prokop uses the same philosophy when developing the 2024 Focus RS concept. The rendering is based on the pre-facelift models, which had aggressive styling compared to the facelifted MKIV Focus that came out in 2022.
It’s based on the 2019 Focus ST and adds RS-specific visual upgrades. The artist drew inspiration from the MKIII Focus RS, such as the black trim that covers the lower half of the grille.
The swept-back headlights share the same shape as the original car, but with tinted inner glass and an LED strip. The design of the front bumper cover is identical to the 2018 Focus ST and has the same mounts to house the fog lights.
This digital concept makes us wish Ford would revive the Focus RS
The lower half of the bumper has a slightly different design. The lower section curves upwards for an aggressive shape and is much wider than you see on the stock car. Prokop also added a nifty adjustable splitter to this Focus RS.
The car has a wider track, has extended wheel arches. The fenders have a vent that draws in air from the front of the car. The sharp lines of the Focus ST body are much more expressive here. The dark blue paint scheme contrasts beautifully with the black trim, especially the eye-catching multi-spoke wheels.
From the back, you can see that this Focus RS has a giant wing on the roof, similar to the last generation RS. The blacked-out taillights look quite impressive, as does the giant diffuser that protrudes from under the rear bumper cover.
Focus RS received a powerful EcoBoost engine from Mustang
The rear view also gives us a glimpse of the twin exhaust tips coming out of the diffuser, which tells us that this Focus RS has a gas engine under the hood. The current-generation Focus ST, which is sold in the UK, gets a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
The engine develops 276 hp. and 310 lb-ft of peak torque. Ford promises a 0-60 mph time of 5.7 seconds. While that’s better performance than the standard hybrid Focus models of the current generation, the 2024 RS needs a sharper engine to take on today’s hot hatchbacks like the new 310-horsepower 2023 Civic Type-R.
The 2018 Focus RS came with an angrier version of Ford’s 2.3-liter turbocharged engine. It was essentially the same engine as the Mustang EcoBoost models, but with more power.
While the engine produced 310 hp. and 350 lb-ft of peak torque in the Pony Car, Ford increased output to 350 hp. in the Focus RS. The result was a hot hatchback that could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 165 mph.
The new version of the Focus RS is likely to get an engine from the current generation Mustang EcoBoost. The 2024 model comes with the same 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Ford increased power to 315 hp. Peak torque remains unchanged at 350 lb-ft.
Why did Ford stop production of the Focus RS?
Sales of subcompact cars and compact cars are growing rapidly due to growing demand for SUVs and crossovers. This shift in consumer sentiment was primarily responsible for Ford’s decision not to bring the fourth-generation Focus to the United States.
Low sales for this class of vehicle wouldn’t make sense for the brand to invest in bringing a new generation model to the States.
The growing popularity of SUVs and crossovers has forced Ford to change its global product strategy, as the brand gradually eliminates compact cars from its lineup. The only Ford car you can buy in America is the Mustang. MKIV Focus will be the last generation of this hatchback in Europe.
There is no official word from Ford about reviving the Focus nameplate for the upcoming all-electric model. So, for now, it’s safe to assume that the Focus RS won’t be either.
However, while Ford has decided to hang up its gloves in the hot hatch arena, Honda plans to keep fighting. Japanese brand in an interview with Autocar hinted that the Civic Type-R will have an electrified future. In what form it will be, it is not yet known.
Here’s hoping Ford decides to bring back the Focus RS soon, and we’ll see this hot hatch in a new guise, perhaps as an all-electric model.
Here’s how much a MK3 Ford Focus RS is worth today
The MKI and MKII Ford Focus RS were only available in Europe. So getting it in the States will be a little tricky. However, many MKIII Focus RSs are for sale on auction platforms and used car portals.
Ford has sold a limited number of the third-generation Focus RS in North America. The brand designated 1,000 units for the US, while Canada received 500. Accordingly on Classic.com, you can purchase an MKIII Focus RS for an average price of $35,686. The highest sale for this model was $77,947.
These numbers represent a great opportunity for collectors and enthusiasts to get their hands on this wonderful Ford hot hatch.
Source: Classic.com / Autocar UK