From a styling perspective, the car's somewhat of an homage: this is the 30th car that ford has put the RS badge on over the years. That's a list that includes more than a few of the legendary Cosworth Escorts.
And now the badge is stateside. Welcome, Ford of Europe.
Aaron Miller is the Rides editor for Supercompressor, and can be found on Twitter. He didn't believe the rumors that it was going to be AWD until Ford went public with the info.