Ford’s fastest-ever European production car, the 2009 Focus RS, will be priced from £24,995 ($57,195AUD) when it goes on sale in the UK in March.
Under the bonnet a turbocharged 2.5-litre, five-cylinder Duratec petrol engine, with a confirmed 224kW and 440Nm peak torque. Features include unique camshafts and a revised cylinder head and gasket, intake and manifold system.
The front wheels are driven through a six-speed transmission, the Focus RS accelerates from 0-100km/h in under six seconds and has a targeted top speed of just under 260km/h.
Taking its place as the top-of-the-range Focus, the RS will be immediately distinguishable on the road, with its unique bonnet, front bumper and side skirts. Also unique to the model are its 19-inch alloy wheels, shod with 235/35 tyres.
Options include of Dual-Zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control (DEATC) air-conditioning; automatic headlights; rain-sensor wipers; auto-dim rear-view mirror; rear parking-distance sensors; tyre deflation-detection; Key-Free system; Leather seats; Bluetooth® hands-free phone connectivity and USB port and Touchscreen DVD Navigation System with seven-inch touch-screen.
Ford Australia have not yet confirmed availability of the RS for sale here - we can only hope.
Focus RS unleashed
Ford Focus RS 0 to 60mph in 5.9 Seconds