Ford Focus RS to deliver 350 hp, 350 lb-ft of torqueby Justin King
The performance hatchback far exceeds Ford's initial promise of 315 horsepower.
The performance hatchback's 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine has been certified at 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque, far beyond Ford's initial promise of 315 ponies. The company's previous estimate pointed to 345 horsepower and 324 lb-ft of torque, while the same engine provides just 310 horsepower in the Mustang.
The power discrepancy can be traced back to the hatchback's all-new low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger, integrating a larger compressor than that of the Mustang. Peak boost is consequently bumped to 23.2 psi, while a larger intercooler maximizes charge density. An improved exhaust system helps keep air flowing, with an electronically-actuated valve that manages back pressure and sound level.
Aside from the output figures, Ford has also announced that the manual-only RS will feature a unique implementation of start/stop technology. If the driver accidentally stalls the engine, the system quickly fires it back up without requiring the clutch pedal to be depressed.
"We knew we wanted to put start-stop technology on the RS," said Ford Performance Europe engineering manager Tyrone Johnson. "So we said, 'What if we went one step further, and controlled for engine stall at launch using the same technology?' Well, that's exactly what we did and it's just as fast as our start-stop technology."
Production of the Focus RS is slated for later this year, though it will not arrive in US showrooms until early in 2016.
Live images by Ronan Glon.