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News Next Focus RS Will Have 400 hp and Hybrid Drivetrain

22:36  07 march  2018
22:36  07 march  2018 Source:   autotrader.ca

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When the second-generation Ford Focus RS returns in 2020, it will boast 400 horsepower from a 48-volt mild hybrid drivetrain as part of a massive investment to create 40 new electrified models. The news comes from a Dutch publication called AutoInternationaal.nl.

The next RS is getting 400 hp and a mild- hybrid system. At least according to a new report from Autocar. It makes sense that the next Focus RS will get more powerful, but automakers are also pushing to improve fuel economy. Next Ford Focus RS Reportedly Arrives In 2020 Packing 400

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When the second-generation Ford Focus RS returns in 2020, it will boast 400 horsepower from a 48-volt mild hybrid drivetrain as part of a massive investment to create 40 new electrified models.

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The news comes from a Dutch publication called AutoInternationaal.nl.

That report says Ford will invest 10 billion Euros -- about CAD$16 billion by today's exchange rate -- to develop 40 electrified models, including the new hybrid RS.

As in the 2018 Ford Focus RS, combustion power will once again come from a 2.3L turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. That llump is good for 350 hp and 350 lb-ft in the current RS (whose limited production run recently ended) but that hybrid setup is expected to bump horsepower to the 400 mark and add more than 40 lb-ft of torque, for a total close to 400 lb-ft.

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The Focus RS might be able to use its hybrid system for providing a torque in between shifts for maintaining acceleration. If these rumored figures are correct, then the Focus RS will have similar specs as Mercedes-Benz' s next -gen A45.

According to AutoInternationaal.nl, Ford is planning to turn the next Focus RS into a monstrous electrified machine capable of dispatching the benchmark sprint in four seconds. The source suggests the vehicle may have have a mild hybrid powertrain with up to 400 hp and 600 Nm (sent to all four

Along with the new powertrain, Ford is apparently working on a dual-clutch automatic transmission for North America, though it isn't clear whether it will be standard or if a manual will be available too.

What's clear is the car promises to be fast, with a four-second 0-100 km/h acceleration sprint in the offing. The outgoing RS is good for about 4.5 seconds to triple-digit speeds.

In the meantime, Ford is expected to unveil the standard version of the next-gen Focus next month, with an ST variant to follow in 2019.

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