All-new Ford Focus RS was unveiled to the public earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show. Back in Mach, Ford did promise the new hot hatch will deliver well in excess of 315 horsepower.
The all-new Focus RS is making its dynamic debut with Ken Block at this week’s Goodwood Festival of Speed with confirmed 350 PS (345bhp) from a 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine. Maximum torque is 324 lb-ft with 347 lb-ft available for up to 15 seconds on transient overboost.
The same engine is also found on the new Mustang, but in the Focus RS packs 10 per cent more power thanks to new turbocharger with larger compressor, bigger intercooler and large-bore high performance exhaust system.
Power is sent to the road via innovative Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring. Drive Modes include industry-first Drift Mode and Launch Control.
Ford will demonstrate the performance of the all-new Focus RS at the famous Goodwood Hillclimb with Ken Block behind the steering wheel.
“We promised enthusiasts a serious driving machine and, with 350 PS under the hood, that is exactly what we will deliver,” said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. “The stunning pace and innovative technology of the all-new Focus RS place it head-to-head with performance models from luxury and exotic marques, and it’s ready for the challenge.”
Ford has not confirmed yet final performance figures, but things are looking pretty good. The new Focus RS packs more power and torque than the recently unveiled Honda Civic Type R (306bhp, 295 lb-ft), Volkswagen Golf R (292bhp, 280 lb-ft), Renault Mégane 275 Trophy-R (271bhp, 266 lb-ft) and Seat Leon Cupra (276bhp, 258 lb-ft).
It is also more powerful than the BMW M235i (320bhp, 330 lb-ft) and right behind the Mercedes A 45/CLA 45 AMG (355bhp, 332 lb-ft), and Audi RS 3 (362bhp, 343 lb-ft).
Focus RS will be available for delivery to European customers from early 2016.