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Old 02-03-2010, 01:30 PM   #1
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Rumormill: 350-hp Focus RS Clubsport coming, next-gen RS to get hybrid power

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It's no secret that we openly covet the Ford Focus Rallye Sport. Unfortunately, the Blue Oval never found it in its heart to let the hottest version of its Focus hatchback into the United States... or any version of the European Focus for that matter. As such, we're certainly not expecting to see the rumored Clubsport model that Auto Express claims will be the current car's swan song before the new version is unveiled based on the all-new Focus.

Too bad, as the idea of 350 horsepower from Ford's highly lauded 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine sounds just peachy, as do the lightweight racing seats, lowered and stiffened suspension and suitably sticky rubber. If there's any truth to all of this, expect the run to 60 to be dispatched in just about five seconds flat. Don't be too saddened by the news, though.

The next juicy bit of internet rumormongering is that a new version of the RS has been greenlit, based on the new Focus platform that was recently unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show. This model would seemingly have a much better chance of coming Stateside, being that the next Focus will be a true global vehicle.

If you're the type that likes to save fuel while scorching asphalt, you'll like the rumored inclusion of a hybrid powertrain centering on Ford's 2.0-liter Ecoboost four cylinder. That boosted mill would reportedly drive the front wheels while an electric motor would send torque to the rear, resulting in an all-wheel drive arrangement, estimated 0-60 run of (again) five seconds and a top speed of 155 miles per hour.

Interestingly, AE reports that this is the same powertrain Peugeot used in its SR1 concept, and the French automaker is said to have co-developed the hybrid drivetrain with Ford. We won't know whether or not any of this is accurate for quite some time, as the car reportedly won't be ready for another three years, but a 240-horsepower Ecoboost Focus ST may be on the way within the next 18 months. We'll see...


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do not want teh "hybrid" bs. just give us real all wheel drive split 50/50.
however ecoboost is a welcome thing....
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do not want teh "hybrid" bs. just give us real all wheel drive split 50/50.
however ecoboost is a welcome thing....
+1 Hybrids are bull

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That boosted mill would reportedly drive the front wheels while an electric motor would send torque to the rear, resulting in an all-wheel drive arrangement, estimated 0-60 run of (again) five seconds and a top speed of 155 miles per hour.
Ok guys, why would you not want that? its using an electric engine to power the REAR wheels. do you realize the amount of TQ that an electric engine can produce? I think if this makes it to production it will be quite the engineering masterpiece!
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Ok guys, why would you not want that? its using an electric engine to power the REAR wheels. do you realize the amount of TQ that an electric engine can produce? I think if this makes it to production it will be quite the engineering masterpiece!
See the bottom of my sig, extra complications take away fun from driving.

Technically it would be an electric motor(s), and yes max torque is available an min rpm, blah, blah, blah. We don't need hybrids to cut our dependence on foriegn oil, we just need to ban SUV's
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The name Peugeot is what would make me concerned.. French cars not really known for reliability, unless I am out of the loop..
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If I was reading that correctly, its not a typical hybrid where the 2 engines work together. I think they are 2 separate systems, one for front, one for rear.
I don't care about "cutting our dependence of foreign oil". People should be able to drive what they like and be willing to pay what ever the cost of the gallon may be at the time. I simply see this as a cool performance oriented "next step".
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i have been saying for years that this is where the auto market is headed.. turbo hi-brids... i still think the next big thing that is really gonna take off is turbo hi-brid desils.. could you imagine the possabilities.. 300whp and 400wtq and 100mpg...lol... that would be awesome.. the only concern i have for this new focus with motor front and electric rear is what happens if you try to modify it to push more power.. i know with electric motors the only concern is can you keep it cool. all you need is more electricity to make more power.. so how would you modify it to make them equal.. i guess you could get a better generator if you had more power.. hmmm.... i still like the idea of 50/50 wheel split but give me a turbo hi-brid anyday ... il take the great performance with great gas mileage...
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Did you guys even read the specs on what this can pull off? See my post above.
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