Ford has announced that the third generation Focus RS‘s specially engineered 2.3-litre EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine produces a maximum power of 350 PS (345 hp). The maximum torque figure in normal mode is rated at 440 Nm, but 470 Nm can be availed for up to 15 seconds with overboost.
The new low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger with a larger compressor delivers significantly greater air flow and the increased power is generated due to this new turbocharger. The engine breathing has been improved with the use of air intakes that have a less restrictive design. The front has been engineered for more space, to house the biggest-ever radiator pack fitted to a Focus.
The all-new RS model marks the introduction of Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring. It is also the hatchback’s first RS model equipped with selectable Drive Modes and Launch Control. The Drift Mode that allows controlled oversteer drifts for fun on the track, the company claims, is an industry-first.
The 2016 Ford Focus RS’s prototype will have its public debut on the streets at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The hot hatch’s performance will be demonstrated by Gymkhana and World Rallycross driver Ken Block.