10 Cars the Ford Focus RS Has More Power Than

10 Cars the Ford Focus RS Has More Power Than

Ford means business with its new Focus RS hot hatch.

With the company confirming that the Ford Focus RS will pack 345 hp from its 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, AutoGuide.com has decided to look up some cars that you might be surprised to learn has less power than the Focus RS.

SEE ALSO: 2016 Ford Focus RS Makes 345 HP

2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution – 291 hp


For decades, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution has been a model synonymous with performance, sporting a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that tuners have taken to unimaginable figures. But straight from the factory, the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution packs 291 hp, a big difference compared to the Focus RS. In a way, it appears the Japanese automaker has given the Evolution the axe because it just can’t keep up with the competition.

2016 Subaru WRX STI – 305 hp


The 2016 Subaru WRX STi is cut from a similar mold as the Mitsubishi Evolution X: It provides turbocharged fun in an all-wheel-drive package. But even Subaru’s latest WRX STi model won’t be able to keep up with the Ford Focus RS, churning 305 hp from its 2.5-liter turbocharged Boxer four-cylinder engine.

2010 Ford Mustang GT – 315 hp


Sure, it was nearly five years ago, but the 2010 Ford Mustang GT packing a naturally aspirated 4.6-liter V8 engine made 30 less horsepower than what the Ford Focus RS makes. Of course, the 2015 Ford Mustang GT has been drastically improved, now equipped with a 5.0-liter V8 with 435 hp. But let’s face it, who would have ever thought that a Focus would make more power than any Ford Mustang, especially with half the displacement?

1998 Toyota Supra Turbo – 320 hp


Many claim the Toyota Supra Turbo is the king of affordable Japanese sports cars, but the Ford Focus RS actually trumps the JDM darling when it comes to horsepower. Perhaps it’s a testament to how great the Toyota Supra MKIV really is, providing 320 hp more than 18 years ago. But still, a Focus makes more power than a Supra from the factory? How times have changed.

1998 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 – 320 hp


Here is even more American muscle that the new Focus RS hot hatch trumps: the 1998 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 with 320 hp. We’re talking about a 5.7-liter V8 engine that makes less power than a turbocharged four-banger, so it’s becoming more evident that there is a replacement for displacement.

2015 Nissan 370Z – 332 hp


The Z nameplate has long represented Nissan’s sports car models, but sadly, even the 370Z can’t outperform the Focus RS when it comes to raw numbers. It puts up a good fight though, being only 13 hp shy of the Ford. It will be interesting to see how the two match up to one another when it comes to hitting the track.

2015 Audi S5 – 333 hp


Not even German engineering is immune to the Ford Focus RS with the Audi S5’s 3.0-liter TFSI engine getting trumped by the small 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder from Ford. And the S5 isn’t considered a slouch either, competing against the BMW 435i that has 300 hp.

2001 BMW M3 – 333 hp


Yeah, it’s a couple of generations old, but the BMW E46 M3 is a fan favorite. Believe it or not, its 333 hp doesn’t outnumber the Ford Focus RS despite the M3 being equipped with a 3.2-liter six-cylinder powerplant. Now, if the 2015 BMW M3 pulls up to the Ford Focus RS, that’s an entirely different story with the current M3 bringing 425 hp to the table.

2015 Porsche Cayman GTS – 340 hp


Seeing a Porsche model on the list isn’t a surprise, but the Cayman GTS? Really? Ford has even one-upped the German automaker’s “purist” sports car, which has 340 hp from its 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine.

1997 Chevrolet Corvette – 345 hp


OK, so maybe the Ford Focus RS isn’t more powerful than the 1997 Chevrolet Corvette, but you have to be surprised to hear that it has the same power as one of America’s most iconic sports cars. The C5 Vette initially hit the market with an LS1 engine in the form of a 5.7-liter V8. Now, it’s an entirely different story with the Corvette Stingray coming with 455 hp standard.

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  • davidlapham

    This is kind of dumb, as peak horsepower has little to do with actual performance. My 2004 STi has 420 wheel horsepower on a low reading Mustang dyno, but I have a feeling that the Carman GTS would at least give me a run for my money on a road course, and may well smoke me, assuming both drivers have equal skills.

    I want a Focus RS BAD, but claiming it is better performing than all of those cars, based on peak crank horsepower is misguided.

  • aytinchis .

    What a load of TOSH, comparing to cars 17 + years older. Lets face it max BHP is not the power figure that counts, TORQUE is the figure you need to concentrate on. Another thing is that the 345 horses this Focus boasts is only for a LIMITED TIME. Max output without the boost is a lot lower – making this list rather incorrect. This is a very poor, misinformed compariison list, made to ‘big up’ a Ford hatch, which we all know will probably end up on it’s roof in a ditch.

  • TravisRVandeusen

    ty hgh

  • Erick Acosta

    i think you guys are missing the point. the article never said that the Focus is a better car, or that it will outperform all of these cars (i´m sure the 370z will be faster around a track, and don´t even mention the cayman, that thing is a blast on the tarmac). it just says that the RS has a higher HP number than all of those, pointing that it is impresive considering that it is only a 4 cylinder.

  • John Pob

    I would love to see this car at the stop light, with my 370z, we’ll find out soon enough!

  • LolNissan

    Focus will AWD launch and leave you embarrassed at the intersection.

  • Nico Ungerer

    Guysand girls!!! please do not underestimate the Ford Focus! Focus in all it’s disguises are superb cars ! I owned almost 20 diff models since into in 2000, never even came close to a rollover or landing in a ditch! Go check the first 2,5ST model’s Nurburgring times IN THE WET!!!!! Superb roadholding for std roadcar! On top of all; lots of fun to drive in everyday use.

  • UncleCoconut

    So with all the hype about what cars it is imagined that the RS will smoke, does that mean we should expect a supercar price for the subcompact from Ford? Is that how the local slimey sales guy will rationalize the dealer’s sticker price addendum of $XXXXXX.XXX. I will never forget here in my area of the country the “regional price adder” AKA additional dealer mark-up on the EVO was $10K, same with the STi, WRX, GTI and even the lowly Forester. Will the car still be out of reach for many? I would bet that with “creative” dealer pricing I could buy a new Lexus, Camaro or Mustang for the same price or even less than what the RS will be offered to the public.

  • haloguy628

    Lety’s post the power curves on all those cars. Then we’ll talk. Having 345 Hp between 7200 and 7250 RpMs is nothing to brag about.

    I have feeling that in stop and go city traffic this car will be a mighty dog.

  • Matthew Rogers

    Yes, let us talk about the power curves on these cars. How about making all 346 lb-ft of torque from 2000-4500 RPM? Sounds like a dog to me. Ford has their shit together with

  • Matthew Rogers

    Yes, let us talk about the power curves on these cars. How about making all 346 lb-ft of torque from 2000-4500 RPM? Sounds like a dog to me. Ford has their shit together when it comes to putting quick spooling turbos on their latest performance offerings, and this will be no different.

  • BigBearCarolina

    Where in the article does it say anything about the Focus being better performing? Bueller? Bueller?

  • VSanity

    What a stupid list.

  • VSanity

    Maybe. the Focus ST is pretty damn slow. Not saying it couldn’t but the RS will have to shave almost 2 seconds off the ST’s 0-60 to best the 370z

  • VSanity

    It really is stupid. Half these cars have new generations that destroy the focus RS’ power output. Either compare the previous Focus RS or compare all the current versions of the cars on the list (IE Mustang, Corvette, and Camaro)

  • Philip Waid

    Comparing the h.p output to cars from the nineties.Seriously you guys had nothing to do when making this list.

  • Philip Waid

    Focus will win its lighter.I just sold a 2009 370 z touring great car but not that quick.Then again next to my Zr1 not much is quick.Loved the 370z s handling and look both inside and out.Great brakes too.

  • Tom Sizzle

    This list would be impressive if newer technologies hadn’t arrived, died and been replaced between the lifespans of all the cars involved. Gawd.

  • James Boddie

    This is not surprising at all. Its also got more power than a 2015 Lotus Elise (~2400 lbs) and an Alpha Romeo 4C (~2500 lbs), but that doesn’t mean its faster than either of those or the Caymen (~2900 lbs) or Vette (~3200 lbs) above. Coming in at 3.4k pounds and being marked up by dealers consistently 5-10k above MSRP due to its “unavailability” make this a much less desirable car for many people. I am sure its a great winter grocery-getter and will be seen heavily in rally sports.

  • James Boddie

    Its not lighter at near ~3400 lbs

  • Jim

    Apples and Oranges with these comparisons! However there is no doubt that this new Ford Focus RS will be one of, if not the best performance cars for the money in Automobile history!

    Come to think of it, this offers performance that parallels the Porsche 911 turbo from several decades ago! Even then, that Porsche far exceeded the cost of the current RS!

    From what I understand from people who actually drove the new RS, it is absolutely shocking how good of a car it is and exceeded their expectations! Also noted that the RS is a True Enthusiasts car. It was noted recently that the RS can be tracked to the maximum for 30 minutes without loosing performance. ( Think non heat soak and brake fade), at least for 30 minutes at absolute redline. This however is with the optional Michellin Sport Cup tires, also noted was an improvement in launches and 0-60 times. Which is somewhat irrelevant for a car that will be valued much more for its track handling skills then straight line speed. Much better then the EVO and Subie by a good margin, from what I understood. Which probably shouldn’t be surprising since Ford Motor Company was very smart, bringing in Ken Block to help with design. Do you think Ken is going to allow a disappointment of performance and tarnishing his world famous reputation. He certainly did this more from a point of passion then profit, although he did get paid.

    I really wish I could get this car. It is the car for me and my Dream Car. Unfortunately not affordable right now or near future. Ford Motor Company designed this car because of the requests of customers and enthusiasts and offered it to the U.S. thank goodness.
    They designed this as well as imaginable and assembled it alongside the ST which is a World Car and very smart financial decision on their part.