My insider contacts actually tell me that the Focus Cosworth platform may well be transfered to the top-of-the-pile forthcoming Capri replacement. The stories of the Focus RS and Cosworth were leaked well before either project was in full swing, such was the anticipation and hunger for news. Dont expect anything until 2005.
Incidentally, I dont know why theyre calling it a Capri replacement - surely the Probe, then Cougar were the latter day Capri. Guess retro is in!
The enthusiast money will be in the Focus RS, Clio V6 et al - the Golf GTi 180bhp and R32 Golf will appeal to those wanting a stylish and practical tourer rather than an out and out GTi. I also think that despite its capabilities, that the 172 Cup does not really bear comparison with the RS Focus. The 0-100 etc may be similar, but then like the Clio V6, the point is not 0-60 etc but power out of corners and mid range ooommmmphhhhhhh Thats where the 172, 16v, CTR, Williams, Golf etc will really lose out.