At the recent Audi Forum held in Germany, sources from the car company had revealed their plans for the high performance division’s future. The best news was for North America, which is to have even more performance-oriented RS models, due to the euro-dollar exchange rates improving; and also due to the rising similarity in the emissions regulations.
Ford has reportedly been planning to incorporate a hybrid drive set-up in its next-generation Ford Focus RS and will also attempt to convert the vehicle into an all-wheel drive sports hatch.
While the planned hybrid drive on the next Focus RS will resemble the drive technology present on the Peugeot Hybrid 4, it will consist of an Ecoboost unit of 2.0 litre capacity connected to a electric motor fitted on the rear axle of the vehicle.
Both the RS and ST variants of the car will have an engine power of 250 bhp, butt he addition of the electric motor on the RS will increase the total power of the vehicle to 300 bhp. The new drivetrain will also increase the fuel-efficiency of the new Focus RS as compared to existing Focus RS models.
Ford could provide further details about the vehicle during the Paris Auto Show due to be held in October, where the company will also put its Focus ST on display for the first time.
For those who think the Porsche 911 GT2 is not badass enough, we have news for you, the RS version just made an early appearance at a dealer event. Guilty for grabbing a few pictures with the 911 GT2 RS are the folks from Autoblog and TeamScoop, who mentioned the fact that, indeed, the new model will be a true racer that brags to sweep away even the best track times. Word is that the Porsche 911 GT2 RS will feature a roll cage for more protection, an active suspension and adjustable aerodynamics. The most interesting part is that under the hood there’s a little monster that churns 550 hp (or 620hp according to TeamSpeed), that helps the four-wheeler go naught to 100km/h in a mere 3.2 seconds. Price wise, we’re looking at a highly expensive vehicle — it will cost some $320,000 and only 300 units will ever be built. [via TeamSpeed]
So you got your hands on a Focus RS but feel like your little beast is capable of more, how about getting some help from the crazy German tuners from Mcchip who have recently taken the RS to the highest levels? The stock version already churns in a good 224kW (305hp) and 440Nm of torque, but the Mcchip Focus RS brings two tuning levels to choose from. First one is a 254kW (345hp) version with 520Nm of torque and a top speed of 271km/h for €799, while Power Stage 2 goes even more extreme 295kW (401hp), maximum torque of 612Nm and a top speed of 278km/h if you can afford some €4,499.
Trying to be ahead of any other hatches in the European market is no easy task, but Renault seems to have the right ingredients for an amazing car. Just a few days ago in Geneva, the latest Renault Megane RS has been unveiled to the public and everyone seemed to love it. Inspired by the Trophy racer Megane, the new RS is definitely meaner and faster. With an agressive front grille splitter and big arches, a center-exit exhaust within the diffuser, bulging side sills and some intriguing two-tone alloys, you’ll have to admit that even if it’s a French car … it’s a damn good looking one.
But my bet is that you’d like to know what makes that kitty roar. Well there’s a 250-horsepower 2.0-liter 16-valve turbo engine under the hood, a sharper chassis available in “Sport” and “Cup”, fully defeatable stability control and an improved steering, it’s quite a contender to Ford’s Focus RS. We’re definitely sold on the new design. A hot looking racer … [via TopGear]
Although we were expecting to see a turbocharged R8 that was able to “fly”, the Germans from Audi only unveiled their 2010 Audi TT RS. Nothing short of breathtaking, the motorsport inspired TT RS packs aturbocharged direct injected 2.5-liter five-cylinder that outputs 340 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque, should be available both as a coupe and a roadster and should do 0 to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds. Performance oriented, lightweight thanks to its largely aluminum body and featuring state of the art technology that includes Audi’s permanent all-wheel-drive quattro system and a six-speed manual gearbox, the exclusive ride impresses with those unique large-diameter wheels, alloy-effect door mirrors, aggressive bumpers, RS badges on the brakes and sill extensions. Expected to hit the European market in the second half of 2009 we can only wait that tiger to roar … [via LeftLane]
Ahead of its official debut in Geneva next month, the new Audi TT RS has been officialy released to make us drool. With a turbocharged 2.5 liter five-cylinder engine that outputs 340 hp and 450 Nm of torque, mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox and an all-wheel drive system, it tops at 250km/h and goes 0 to 100km/h in less than 5 seconds. But the new TT RS is just as amazing on the outside as it is under the hood. With larger front air vents, stylish LED driving lamps, twin-spoked alloy wheels, a fixed wing at the back and a new rear diffuse that adds to its aggressivitness factor, the fastest Audi TT in history looks like an amazing ride we’d definitely go for. We’re sold.
What do you think? [via carscoop]