One of the hottest rumors today came from Dearborn automaker Ford who plans to introduce the all-new 2020 Focus RS with more powerful engines and more efficient fuel economy. If so, that means Ford is currently developing the latest Focus RS and it’s likely to use the new mega-hatch platform with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. The most highlighted is that the 2020 Ford Focus RS is claimed to be able to cranks out 400 BHP and 425 lb-ft of torque, which comes from a combination of its gasoline engines and electric motors. Ford with the upcoming Focus RS seems to be trying to challenge Audi and Mercedes-AMG.

Ford seems to remain silent and calm with their strategy. However, the high-performance 2020 Focus RS will be entirely based on the fourth-gen Focus five-door hatchback that has been sold on the global market. Ford has confirmed that the latest Focus RS is the best car they have ever produced. This is one of Ford’s most iconic models that are recognized throughout the world.

Ford Focus RS50 EVO
Ford Focus RS50 EVO

Under its hood, the 2020 Ford Focus RS will most likely be powered by a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine capable of producing 370 bhp and 376 lb-ft of torque. Basically, a 2.3-liter turbo unit has been offered in the current Focus model, but for the Focus RS it gets a special performance upgrade from the Mountune tuning company, including uprated turbocharger recirculation valve, calibration tuning, and high-flow induction kit. The 48-volt integrated starter/generator system (ISG) will provide an additional output of around 25 bhp – 30 bhp and 60 lb-ft – 70 lb-ft of torque.

This means the upcoming Focus RS will have a total combined power and torque output around 400 bhp and 425 lb-ft of torque, which makes it capable of challenging the hottest hatchback variants from the German automaker like the Mercedes-AMG A45. With a 400-BHP 2.3L turbocharged, acceleration from 0-60 mph should only be done in 4.2 seconds. This is clearly impressive acceleration time but with the new powertrain technology should be able to make the 2020 Ford Focus RS to be much lower in terms of fuel emissions, both CO2 and toxic emissions. Starting from 2021, the European regulations require automakers to match 95g/km CO2. While the current Focus RS can produce 175g/km.

2018 Ford Focus RS MKIII
2018 Ford Focus RS MKIII

The 2020 Ford Focus RS is expected to be available with a standard dual-clutch gearbox in order to take advantage from its 48-volt ISG system. It will be offered as a five-door hatchback like the current model, but it will likely be 50-kg lighter than the outgoing model. While the cabin will likely be similar to the regular Focus, but it gets a redesigned new trim line, more spacious interior space, a simpler control layout with a new integrated central touchscreen, and the use of high-quality materials.

There’s no word on pricing and release date, but we expect the 2020 Ford Focus RS to reach showrooms sometime later this year with price starting at around £40,000. Given that the Ford Focus RS Heritage Edition is currently sold at UK dealerships at a price of £39,895, or £3,000 more expensive than the standard Focus RS.

Image Credit: AutoCar & Mk3 Focus RS Club

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