Ford has released final output and torque specs for the all-new Focus RS with the occasion of the car’s global public dynamic debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
A prototype of the Focus RS will be driven up the Goodwood hill by Gymkhana and World Rallycross star Ken Block.
The 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder engine produces 350PS (345hp) at 6,800 rpm and 440Nm (324lb-ft) of torque between 2,000 and 4,500 rpm. An overboost function increases peak torque to 470Nm (347lb-ft) for up to 15 seconds during hard acceleration.
The engine produces 10 percent more power than in the Ford Mustang, thanks to a new low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger with larger compressor that delivers significantly greater air flow, as well as a much bigger intercooler to maximize charge density.
Engineers also improved engine breathing by using a less restrictive intake design, while the addition of a large-bore high performance exhaust system with an electronically controlled valve in the tailpipe helps optimize the balance of back pressure and noise output.
“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 place it head-to-head with performance models from luxury and exotic marques, and it’s ready for the challenge,” said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance.
Built in Saarlouis, Germany, the third-generation Focus RS will be available for delivery to European customers from early 2016.