The engineers over at Ford Performance have recently let drop the full specs of the third-generation, 2016 Ford Focus RS – the first ever Ford Focus RS to cross the pond into the United States.
According to the same, we can look forward to a versatile 350 peak horsepower and 350 lb-ft.
That’s quite a lot more than the 315 HP originally targeted from the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder, thanks to a turbocharger which can hit a whopping maximum of 23.2 psi of boost pressure. Of course, beside the low-inertia twin-scroll turbo, the 2016 Ford Focus RS also features an oversized intercooler to maximize charge air density, a high-flow intake manifold, and a performance exhaust system with an electronically-actuated valve to optimize system back-pressure.
The new Ford Focus RS’ engine has a commendable redline of 6,800 RPM, and it’s paired exclusively with a 6-speed manual transmission. We anticipate that this means a lot of American teens and twenty-somethings will be frantically trying to learn stick in order to drive it, but the new Ford Performance hot-hatch can help with that, too; the engine’s Start-Stop feature has been extended to work in the event of an accidental stall at launch. The driver need only depress the clutch again after stalling, and the 2016 Ford Focus RS will automatically fire right back up and get moving.
2016 Ford Focus RS Performance Specs
|Engine||Turbocharged 2.3-liter DOHC EcoBoost I4|
|Power @ RPM||350 HP @ 6,000|
|Torque @ RPM||350 lb-ft @ 3,200|
|Turbo Max Boost Pressure||23.2 psi|