Ford of Europe is working on an all-wheel drive, hybrid version of its RS rally-inspired high-performance car. Could it be destined to show up in the U.S.? So far, the automaker isn’t saying.
“Rumors are fun, aren’t they?” a Ford spokesman said in response to a query about a U.S. version of the car. He also refused to add anything to those rumors.
Ford is readying a new Focus that will be shared by all global markets with the car going on sale in 2012.
The automaker wants to use the new RS to showcase technology, in this case a hybrid powertrain with the electric motors powering the rear wheels.
The new RS will use a 250-horsepower version of the 2-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost, which will also power the Ford Edge and new Ford Explorer beginning in 2011. Current versions of the RS use a 305-horsepower 2.5-liter five cylinder Volvo engine that drives the front wheels only.
For years, Ford has kept the RS version of the Focus out of the U.S.
Derrick Kuzak, vice president for product development, confirmed to Autocar that Ford is working on the new RS to debut at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland, saying the automaker plans to build a “global performance version” of the Focus.