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I have been following and dreaming of having an RS for years and the thought of actually getting the chance to own one is undescribable. What I'm looking for is every ones thoughts on what this car should be and what would every one want from the RS. Should the RS be an all out no compromise track star, or just take what the ST does so good and kick it up some notches. Should the RS remain a stick or use a dual clutch, and what about other goodies like HP, tires, suspension, and so on.
 

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Personally, I think they first need to target their competition and own them. To me, that would be the STi and the soon-to-be-dead Lancer Evolution.

- 320 hp, 350 tq (don't care what motor they drop in, but must be TC)
- AWD, adjustable center diff
- 18x9 lightweight wheels
- 4 piston brakes, Brembo
- Adjustable dampers
- Optional deletes (make it possible to delete certain comfort amenities)
- Offer only 2 to 3 colors

Price it somewhere around $34K USD.

Just build it already! :D
 

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AWD would be nice... Unlikely to impossible though.
350+hp likely with potential for overboost up to 400hp...
Wider, lighter
faster than every fwd vehicle.
available in N/A
under 40K
 

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Take the current chassis and develop an AWD system for it, add another 150bhp, delete the MFT, Navi, sound deadener, any extra weight and then paint is either Ford Blue, British Racing Green, black or white, all with white or black stripes. Yes it must be forced induction and all driveline and handling characteristics should be adjustable. The WRXSTi or Evo should be the benchmark to exceed. We need an RS2000 for the new millenium.
 

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I'm hoping
-350 + and linear power
-Torsen limited slip
-Wider lighter forged wheels
-Track apps maybe with a track key like the Boss with some crazy tuning
-2 doors
-A vehicle that is neutral and very usable power
-A true drivers car that rivals vehicles way over it's price tag
-I'm thinking under 40K is reasonable but I'm hoping closer to 35K
 

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-350hp/350tq FWD or 400hp/400tq AWD
- 2.3L Ecoboost twin turbo (yes, twins!)
- Mechanical limited slip diff
- 3 door body, seam welded, built-in rollover protection, wider fenders or flares (in carbon), vented carbon hood, roof air scoop, more pronounced rear spoiler.
- Revo knuckle front suspension
- height adjustable coilovers with 2 way adjustable dampers
- 18x9" race quality wheels from Compomotive or Team Dynamics
- On-board data acquisition and track apps
- Recaro seats in full cloth
- Available in Oxford White, Ultimate Green, Performance Blue, Race Red, and matte Black. (No silver and no orange/yellow)

Something kinda like this:

 

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Personally, I think they first need to target their competition and own them. To me, that would be the STi and the soon-to-be-dead Lancer Evolution.

- 320 hp, 350 tq (don't care what motor they drop in, but must be TC)
- AWD, adjustable center diff
- 18x9 lightweight wheels
- 4 piston brakes, Brembo
- Adjustable dampers
- Optional deletes (make it possible to delete certain comfort amenities)
- Offer only 2 to 3 colors

Price it somewhere around $34K USD.

Just build it already! :D
This. Nothing more, nothing less...
 

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that black RS is one of the most aggressive and gorgeous cars ever made. if i still lived in the UK it is the one car i would trade my Evo 6.5 Tommi Mak for...
 

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325-350 hp, 350-375 tq. I agree mech limited slip, brembo, twin turb would be a great idea!!!! possible 4wheel, not nesscesary but at least rw drive. evo and sti has to be the targets.. under 40 but under 35 i doubt will be possible
 

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350hp
AWD
Green
Under 40k
Some sort of touch screen console with digital boost gauges like the GTR and new viper
 

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350-380HP
AWD
Manual trans (DCT optional is OK, but not in place of)
Good brakes (Brembo, or preferably better)
Some chassis stiffening
Torsen or Wavetrac center diff
Option for front and rear LSD
Detroit delivery option <-- OK, just kidding on that one!
 

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350 hp
6 speed manual with a real 6th gear over drive. who wants to be at 2800 rpm at 75mph?
awd with mechanical lsd
4 piston brakes upfront
no froo froo stuff like nav,no moon roof, no dual climate control, no leather, no MFT
dark grey color!!
atleast 30mpg highway
oh and 32k starting price
 

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No frills
hard suspension
big brakes
supportive seats
quick boost
limited colors

Hmmm seems I just described pretty much every Ford RS series made.
 

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350bhp/ 350lbs ft AWD (electronic torque vectoring diffs would be nice).

Revo knuckle up front (AWD should not give the bean counters a reason to remove it), wider track front & rear, same wheel and tire size as mk2 focus RS no 20+" clown shoes.

Positive down force front and rear, the rear spoiler and diffusers should not be cosmetic.

Well designed and integrated bonnet vents as seen on RS cosworth's of old, not the half arsed effort that appeared on the production mk2, the pictures of the silver mk2 rs concept had nice vents, more of that please. It took the facelift of the mk2 focus to improve its looks, 2015 makes the RS a facelift model so hopefully the mk3 facelift will get a similar boost in the looks department.

All options available on the US version if that means having an additional lux package then so be it, the RS is the top of the range and I expect it be equipped as such, naturally a no frills entry level should be available for those that just want the basics. Moonroof should remain an option regardless of lux package (takes away headroom).

A return to the sapphire / escort cosworth days of colour choices (for those not up to speed on the those times that means lots of them), I expect a signature RS only colour but if the RS is to be built in the same factory as the rest of the focus range at least give us the same colour options.

Price wise I would imagine around 40k for the top spec, the last AWD RS I bought wasn't cheap so I don't expect this one to be either, then again I didn't have to put up with dealers and market adjustment BS back in the UK either.
 

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Like the way you think ! Except wider tires would probably be necessary.
 

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Like the way you think ! Except wider tires would probably be necessary.
With AWD and good torque management between the driven wheels 235 is plenty for 350bhp. As my ST appears to have been equipped with 235 Goodyear groove hunters dread to think what wider variants would be like, however I have to drive on what California thinks is a road so my point of view may be somewhat clouded ;) a 10mm increase in section width won't put me off.
 
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