Following the merger of Ford's North American Special Vehicle Team (SVT), the European TeamRS and the Australian Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) divisions to the development of Ford's global performance vehicles, Ford's Advanced Product Creation and Performance Vehicles director Hermann Salenbauch announced that the decision to sell Ford Focus RS/SVT to North America depends on feedback from the media and customers. However, the product would only appear 2 years after the release of the third generation Focus models. On August 4, 2011 Ford's global boss for small cars, Gunnar Herrmann, revealed to magazine Drive that the third iteration of the hot hatch was in the works. The new Focus RS will be a 5 door hot hatch for its first time and FWD with more than 330 hp (227 KW) which will be transferred to the road with so-called ‘Revoknuckle’ suspension. The new Focus RS is expected to arrive towards the end of 2015 in Europe and the rest of the world; in North America it will arrive after 2015. The new Ford Focus RS's competitors are the Volkswagen Golf R, Subaru WRX STI, Ford Fiesta ST and the Volkswagen Golf GTI for the North American market. The new Ford Focus RS's competitors are the Renault Mégane R.S., Opel Astra OPC, Volkswagen Golf GTI and the Kia Cee'd GT for the European market.
The Focus RS is the first and the lowest-end Tier 2 car that can be purchased. It requires 20 stars to unlock, costs $54,200, and can be lent for $7,500. Its acceleration is very slow, about 6 seconds, even with its nitro. Its nitro, while looks weak, is very efficient. Handling of this car is so-so, due to its low acceleration and its FWD nature.
The Ford Focus RS appears as a low Class C car with the following rank statistics:
The Focus RS has a good "triple-tap" launch speed of roughly 3.5 seconds. However, the Focus RS has only got a mediocre nitro efficiency of 6/12/16.
The Focus RS is faster than all the cars before it. It competes fairly well against the faster but more fragile KTM 1290 Super Duke R and the faster but less agile Lamborghini Urus. However, the Focus RS is no longer competitive when faced off against the Infiniti FX50 and higher cars.
The Focus RS heavily relies on its good acceleration and good handling to keep up with other cars around the same rank. The Focus RS has a wide drifting radius.
The Focus RS competes as a starter's car for Class C.
The Focus RS is featured in the Career Mode.
As of the Motorcycles Update, the Focus RS costs 37,000 or 330 to purchase (originally 16,000 or 220, then 24,000 or 330), 267,250 or 1,690 to MAX and 45,010 to PRO. The Focus RS doesn't use any rare/legendary cards or Engine cards in its PRO upgrades.
The Ford Focus RS appears in Asphalt: Xtreme as a Class D Rally Car.
Unlike its previous versions, Focus RS now has several off-road modifications including a grill mounted light-bar, a larger rear spoiler mounted on the tail lights, and off-road tires.
The Focus RS starts at Level 1 and can be upgraded to Level 15. Upgrades require 52,100 or 78, 38 Blueprints and 119 Class D Tool cards. Tune-ups cost 200 and take 2 minutes to complete.
The Focus RS has a high raw top speed, slow acceleration, a low nitro boost, with average nitro efficiency. Being a Rally Car, the Focus RS has a very quick nitro recharge, good handling and drifting.