After only stating an estimated power output, the official power figures of the 2016 Ford Focus RS has been released and the company states that it does indeed produce well over 319 PS.
With help from Ford Performance, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost inline-four found on the Focus RS is able to deliver 350 PS along with 440 Nm of torque which is readily available between 2,000 – 4,500 rpm. Compared to the EcoBoost Mustang that also uses the engine, the 5-door hatchback produces 40 PS more and an additional 6 Nm of torque.
All of that power is then transferred to a 6-speed manual gearbox and onto a Ford Performance AWD system that benefits from a torque vectoring system which allows up to 100% of torque to be transferred to each wheel, depending on the situation.
“We promised enthusiasts a serious driving machine and, with 350 PS under the hood, that is exactly what we will deliver. The stunning pace and innovative technology of the all-new Focus RS places it head-to-head with performance models from luxury and exotic marques, and it’s ready for the challenge,” said Dave Pericak, Global Director of Ford Performance.
The increase in power was made possible due to an array of modifications that make the most of out of the all-aluminum engine. For starters, it uses a new low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger system that is paired up with a larger compressor which provides more airflow.
A larger intercooler and radiator were also installed to better cool the drivetrain. Furthermore, an unrestrictive intake design and a performance exhaust system optimizes back pressure and noise output according to Ford.
“This very special 2.3-liter EcoBoost unit will inspire drivers as they feel the surge of the turbo, and reward them as they take it to the red line – all delivered with a visceral sound guaranteed to put a smile on your face,” said Pericak.
A prototype version of the Focus RS will be making its performance debut to the public as the automaker also announced its participation in this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed hill climb. Behind the wheel will be Gymkhana and World Rallycross driver Ken Block who also helped developed the third-generation Focus RS.