The model might not arrive until 2020.
The current-generation, 350-horsepower Ford Focus RS will retire after the 2018 model year. Ford will allegedly bring back the nameplate in 2020 on a hot hatch that's more powerful and more efficient than today's model.
The next Focus RS will be based on the all-new Focus scheduled to make its official debut online next week. British magazine Autocar learned the model will use a turbocharged, 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 370 horsepower. It's the same engine found in the limited-edition Heritage Edition model (pictured) made only for the United Kingdom.
Ford will use a belt-starter alternator fed by a 48-volt electrical system to bump the RS' total output to around 400 horsepower. The system will give the car a torque boost while saving fuel and reducing emissions. Autocar speculates the next-gen Focus RS will perform the benchmark zero-to-60-mph sprint in 4.2 seconds.
While four-wheel drive will remain the default configuration, Ford will offer the hot-rodded Focus with a dual-clutch automatic transmission for the first time. Officials made the decision to boost the hatchback's appeal in key markets like China and the United States. Buyers will still be able to order a six-speed manual transmission, though.
We'll learn more details about the next RS when Ford introduces the next-generation Focus RS on April 10th.