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Ford Focus RS

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If you're following our drive time in the latest US-model Ford Focus, you'll be pleased to know Europeans will soon have another reason to gloat. It's the Ford Focus RS, soon to succeed the quick-and-agile (and none too ugly) Focus ST. It's the Ford Focus RS, a hot hatch powered by a 3.0-liter in-line six producing 300 horsepower. Note the large air intakes at the front, alloy wheels and rear wing. To make matters more trackworthy, Motorsports engineering firm Prodrive is working up the Focus's all-wheel-drive system, which along with the engine is likely from the Volvo parts bin. Look for the Fordian rival to the Subaru Impreza STI and Mitsubishi Evo X at the Geneva show next March. [World Car Fans]

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@apexpredator:

It would be very difficult mein freund. First of all, the vehicles aren't cheap, they're not made in Mexico, they're imported from Europe. You then have to deal with federalization. If you want to crash a few cars to meet govt. requirements go ahead. You still have to worry about emissions and worry if it can pass it (btw, it's easier to title an imported car in FL due to the lack of emmission testing). To be quite honest with you, with the money you spend on federalizing that car, you could get a nicer car. Here's the link in case you're interested [www.foreignborn.com] To be honest with you, I'm tempted to just do a VIN swap with a Focus that still has the same exterior/color as mine (i.e. last Euro generation).