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New Focus RS turboed inline 6, 350hp

inso

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That should be plenty FAST

http://www.autocarmagazine.co.uk/news_article.asp?na_id=215449
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Ford is rumoured to be considering a 350bhp, four-wheel-drive, six-cylinder turbocharged proposal for the next-generation Focus RS. Right now the Blue Oval?s executives at the company?s headquarters in Cologne, Germany are considering a plan to fit Ford?s new flagship hot hatch, due out in 2007, with a new turbocharged in-line six-cylinder engine.

The advanced powerplant (right) has been developed by Volvo as a replacement for the Swedish car maker?s current six-cylinder engine, and is planned to make its debut in the new S80 due out next June.

Conceived for both transverse and longitudinal applications, the four-valve-per-cylinder unit is based around a die-cast aluminium cylinder block for an all-up weight of 180kg. It is also claimed to be 1mm shorter than Volvo?s five-cylinder engine ? a feature that makes it suitable for a whole range of different models, including the new Focus RS.

Three different versions of the engine are planned: a base naturally aspirated 3.2-litre and a pair of performance-oriented turbocharged 3.0-litre units. The former receives variable cam timing (VCT) on the inlet valves, with the latter two adopting a system operating both the inlet and exhaust valves as well as a variable-vane Garrett turbocharger.

In 3.2-litre guise, the new six-cylinder produces 235bhp at 6000rpm along with 236lb ft of torque at 3500rpm ? an increase of 38bhp and 26lb ft over Volvo?s current 2.9-litre engine. The turbocharged units deliver 285bhp and 295lb ft in light-pressure guise, with the high-pressure unit pumping out a BMW M3-beating 350bhp and 332lb ft.

It?s this latter specification that Ford?s Motorsport bo
ss, Jost Capito, may use to thrust the Blue Oval back to the very top of the European hot-hatch ranks. If Ford?s plans come to fruition, the new RS will boast a whopping 133bhp and 96lb ft more than the upcoming Focus ST, whose turbocharged 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine generates 217bhp along with 236lb ft of torque.

Unlike the front-wheel-drive ST, the new RS is being developed around new four-wheel-drive underpinnings. This promises to endow it with spectacular levels of grip and traction. One problem, however, is the lack of a suitable six-speed manual transmission for the new car. The gearbox in the Mondeo ST TDCi is rated to 295lb ft, although insiders say measures are being taken to upgrade it for use in performance-oriented Volvos.
 
4WD. Focus chassis. 350BHP= :woot: This should be pretty fast :shock: Audi S4 competitor perhaps?
 
SL65AMG~V12~604BHP!!!!!!! said:
Audi S4 competitor perhaps?
Nah, I think they're going after the WRX/EVO crowd. Very cool, I just hope they actually sell it in the US this time. :x
 
The previous RS wasn't sold in US ?
:eek:
 
nope and also the old rs was supposed to be 300 hp and awd but it ended up being a little over 200 and fwd. so dont expect this to be the final design. imo they will stick with awd but no where near 350hp.
 
sounds promising.. 350 hp is always good :)
 
clem said:
The previous RS wasn't sold in US ?
:eek:
No, we got this sort of watered down version called the SVT. No trick LSD diff, not even a turbo. :no:

We never got the Escort Cosworth, it was just an crappy escort.
 
the local rice club will make it jason :p
 
it looks agressive enough... with the huge modena like front grills that are going to eat you up is good enough....
and 350hp, 4wd and Straight-six... :thumbsup: , go ford!
 
jasonchiu said:
it doesnt look aggressive enough

Yeah and that black part seems so plasticisih. Even though it would be plastic is doesn't have to highlight itself like that.

And with 350hp engine, that car will be very expensive. I think it will cost much more than the Evo or STi.

Btw, the article compares it to the M3 but it's like comparing a normal focus with a normal 3 series bmw = kinda pointless as they still compete in diffrent leagues.
 
Raven18940 said:
clem said:
The previous RS wasn't sold in US ?
:eek:
No, we got this sort of watered down version called the SVT. No trick LSD diff, not even a turbo. :no:

We never got the Escort Cosworth, it was just an crappy escort.

NO COSWORTH !! :( :cry:
and no Sierra Cosworth I suppose...

I think this SVT version was called ST 170 in Europe.
 
clem said:
I think this SVT version was called ST 170 in Europe.
If it's a 2.0L NA with 170 hp, then probably yes.
 
Raven18940 said:
SL65AMG~V12~604BHP!!!!!!! said:
Audi S4 competitor perhaps?
Nah, I think they're going after the WRX/EVO crowd. Very cool, I just hope they actually sell it in the US this time. :x

Then mitsu and subaru go to 6 cylinder turbos and its left waaaay behind again.
 
clem said:
Raven18940 said:
clem said:
The previous RS wasn't sold in US ?
:eek:
No, we got this sort of watered down version called the SVT. No trick LSD diff, not even a turbo. :no:

We never got the Escort Cosworth, it was just an crappy escort.

NO COSWORTH !! :( :cry:
and no Sierra Cosworth I suppose...

I think this SVT version was called ST 170 in Europe.

:drool: & :bow: @ Sierra and Escort Cosworths ... reffering to Getaway in Stockholm II for instance ....... they did quite well in WRC back in the days team Cosworth ...

haz
 
Then mitsu and subaru go to 6 cylinder turbos and its left waaaay behind again.

Rally cars are limited to 4cycl and it'd be really odd for sub/mitsu to make their rally cars less authentic by adding a 6cycl engine. Then again, the American STi does have a 2.5L engine when the rally cars all have 2.0s
 
jaypee said:
Then mitsu and subaru go to 6 cylinder turbos and its left waaaay behind again.

Rally cars are limited to 4cycl and it'd be really odd for sub/mitsu to make their rally cars less authentic by adding a 6cycl engine. Then again, the American STi does have a 2.5L engine when the rally cars all have 2.0s

Nah I was just talking about what someone said about it being competition for evos/wrxs
 
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