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Spied: European Ford Focus RS

Ford has been mum about plans for a super-high-performance version of its European Focus, but a new round of spy photos indicate the automaker is indeed working on a new range-topper.

Don't be fooled by the looks of this test car. It is not the ordinary Ford Focus ST but the brand new Focus RS. Looking closely at the front end, one can see the bigger air intakes.

According to spy photographers, the sound of the 300 bhp engine was unmistakeable, was was the car's quick acceleration with all-wheel-drive and the rallye-like sound of that dump valve while shifting gears. Add some wide fenders, a more aggressive front end styling and you have the Focus RS. Gallery after the jump...