Ford planning 350 HP Focus RS Clubsport, next-gen RS will go hybrid

If you love hot hatches, then you’ll be extremely pleased to hear the two latest tidbits of information coming out of Ford and concerning its RS models. It seems that not only will the current RS receive an even more powerful Clubsport version, but the next generation one, based on the 2012 Focus revealed at the Detroit Auto Show last month, will be a hybrid, pairing an electric motor with a powerful EcoBoost engine.

First thing’s first, it seems Ford has acknowledged the great job it did with the current RS, which sports a 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbocharged unit capable of around 300 HP, and wants to give it a proper send-off by the ultimate edition, the RS Clubsport. It will take the output to a whopping 350 HP (in a front-wheel drive car), and also add hardcore racing options like lightweight seats, lowered and stiffened suspension, a set of sticky tires and an even more dramatic paint job. The projected 0 to 62 mph time will be just 5 seconds, largely due to a few lost pounds in its curb weight.

But while that’s all fine an dandy, it seems that the next generation Focus will receive a different type of RS treatment, as not only will it see the replacement of the 2.5-liter turbo with a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, but, like I’ve said above, will see the addition of an electric motor, which will power the rear wheels, thus making it an all-wheel drive model, and clearly enhance the handling of the very hot hatch.

Now if that setup reminds you of something, you’re onto something, as it seems that it will be the same technology Peugeot previewed on its SR1 hybrid roadster, which according to the French company was developed in partnership with Ford.

Sadly though, the hybrid RS will arrive around late 2012 at least, but until then, according to AutoExpress, we can expect a powerful ST version of the new Focus, which will use a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine but won’t see any electric motor included.

Overall, hot hatch fans should rejoice, especially North American customers, which might finally get a taste of such models, given the fact that the 2012 Focus will be a global model.

Source: AutoExpress

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