The Ford Focus RS will have 345 HP, making it significantly more powerful than both of its most direct rivals: the Volkswagen Golf R and Subaru WRX STI.
Posted on the Geneva Motor Show section on Ford.ie, the company included a short info section that reads, “as for power, a specially tuned 2.3-liter EcoBoost petrol engine delivers 350 PS (345 hp).” So far, Ford has only officially announced that the Focus RS will make “in excess of 315 hp.”
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All-wheel drive helps the RS deliver its power to the ground, allowing torque to be split from side-to-side and from front to rear. Up to 70 percent of total engine power can be diverted to the rear axle while 100 percent can be sent to either rear wheel.
Other features of the new RS chassis include stiffer spring rates and bushings, larger antiroll bars and two-mode switchable dampers. A choice of Michelin tires can be fitted to the Focus RS including the optional Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.
Ford did not immediately respond to an e-mail inquiry about the apparently leaked number.
Update: Ford spokesman Aaron Miller responded, insisting that the number published on the European Ford retail site is inaccurate. In his reply, Miller says that “we are still in testing phases, but we are guaranteeing it will at least be over 315 hp. Our final numbers will come closer to launch.”
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