Official 2016 Ford Focus RS Horsepower & Torque Ratings
Since news of the Ford Focus RS first hit back when the performance-tuned hatchback made its surprise debut at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, there have been questions about its engine. We have known from the beginning that the Focus RS will share a powertrain with the 2015 Ford Mustang, but seeing as there is a bit of a size difference there, we knew that the RS would do more with the engine, we just weren’t quite sure how much more it would do. Well, now we know.
This morning, Ford announced the official 2016 Ford Focus RS horsepower and torque ratings, and not surprisingly, they are not only more impressive than the numbers generated by the Mustang, but are higher than the numbers that were first estimated. It was made known than when loaded with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, the RS will dish out an astounding 345 horsepower and 324 lb-ft of torque. The torque will also be able to be boosted up to 347 lb-ft for up to fifteen seconds at a time.
When loaded in the Mustang, the four-cylinder engine peaks at 310 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of twist, but what was made clear with the announcement of the horsepower and torque ratings of the Ford Focus RS is that the engine has been tweaked for its debut in the hot hatch. A new turbocharger, upgraded intake and exhaust, as well as a larger radiator all help the engine to breathe easier and to give the RS a more-than-10-percent increase in power over the pony car.
The impressively-high horsepower rating will help the Ford Focus RS to hit some pretty high speeds when it hits U.S. soil in the spring of 2016, but we are more excited about the torque, seeing as the RS will come equipped with a number of systems that will help to distribute the output and to provide a driving experience unlike any other. The torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system will have plenty to play with in the Focus RS.
We knew that the 2016 Ford Focus RS would provide a number of advantages over the Volkswagen Golf R and the Subaru WRX STI, and the newly announced power ratings prove that to be true. The former struggles to break the 300 horsepower and the latter tops out at 305 horsepower, so with an advantage of 40 horsepower, there is no arguing that RS will be the most well-equipped model in its class.
If you are interested in learning more about the 2016 Ford Focus RS, and would like additional information on the horsepower and torque ratings, or any of the other unique systems set to make their way into the performance-tuned Focus, we encourage you to check out the rest of the Matt Ford blog. We have a ton of information on the hatchback to keep you busy while you wait for the release date to arrive.
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