Competes with: Volkswagen Golf R, Subaru WRX STI, Audi S4, Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG
Looks like: A Ford Focus with a gaping mouth and bigger wheels
Drivetrain: More than 315-hp, turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder, all-wheel drive, six-speed manual transmission only
Hits dealerships: Late 2016
Ford Motor Co. unveiled its latest high-performance version of the Focus compact, slated to be introduced as a global model sometime next year. The new Focus RS (which will be either a 2016 or 2017 model, Ford would not specify) will be built in the company's Saarlouis, Germany, manufacturing plant but sold in all markets around the world including the U.S.
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The RS will sit above the Focus ST in Ford's small performance-car lineup. Ford also sells a smaller Fiesta ST; both ST models are equipped with front-wheel drive.