Ford Focus RS Power Increased to 350 HP, 350 LB-FT

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The Ford Focus RS hasn’t even come out yet, and it’s already making enthusiasts happier with a horsepower increase.

The official figure for the manual-only hot hatch now stands at a whopping 350 horsepower, up from the 345 figure Ford estimated in June. Torque from the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder is also rated at 350 pound-feet. Peak horsepower occurs at 6,000 rpm to the 6,800-rpm redline and maximum thrust comes online at a low 3,200 rpm.

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The four-wheel drive Focus RS will also be move forgiving: It will restart the engine automatically after a stall. There will be no need for a driver to manually restart the engine after a stall, and the system will depress the clutch on its own.

“We knew we wanted to put start-stop technology on the RS,” explained Tyrone Johnson, engineering and vehicle manager, Ford Performance Europe, in a press release. “So we said, ‘What if we went one step further, and controlled for engine stall at launch using the same technology?’ ”

Production of the Ford Focus RS begins later this year.

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  • LondonTiger

    lol, at 345hp does 5 extra hp make much difference

  • smartacus

    imagine 350 HP twin-scroll in the Stang

  • Zepid

    Shame it still has that disgustingly huge-wide center console. For a compact car that is unacceptable. I feel like I need to remove my testicles to sit comfortably in these things. A shame really, because everything else is perfect at its price point. I don’t understand why dashes are slowly taking over the front seat cabin, from legroom to FOV, it is asinine design philosophy.

  • Auto Motive

    Too bad it comes with a manual only. Hopefully Ford will develop a all new 9 speed auto that shifts as fast as the corvettes. A auto will open up to more consumers that want the fast auto like myself.

  • craigcole

    350/350, just like an old-school Corvette … sort of. The RS doesn’t need 5.7-liters to put out that many horses and torques. But whatever … BRING IT ON!

  • Mark S

    Has to happen!

  • Mark S

    The engine is great, but I am really interested to see how the trick AWD works….have they cracked the ability hide the understeer nature if a front bias AWD? Still great to have an RS badge on US shores!

  • J_in_TX

    The auto is great, but it just isn’t the same as rowing through the gears on a manual.

  • Bug S Bunny

    Too bad? It’s not too bad for those of us who will ONLY drive manuals.

  • timothyhood

    Manual or DSG. No torque-converter automatic. But, it should be manual-only unless the other option improves0-60, quarter mile and/or lap times.

  • timothyhood

    What are your testicles doing way up on the dash? The console isn’t that wide on the horizontal plane. It’s not much wider than the room needed for the stick and a thin strip of buttons. If you really are a potential customer, you need to see one in person before writing it off.

  • timothyhood

    They really need to let us buy it in this color as well! The RS, GT350 and GT need to be available in this color as statement cars. A great way for enthusiasts to recognize them from far off, knowing this is the only way to get that color.

  • Zepid

    The center console extends down into seating area, knees dig into the side of them, forcing your legs closer together, crushing your testicles and making long drives uncomfortable. There is mechanically nothing in the center console that could require it to fan out so wide towards the giant hunk of useless plastic that connects the dash and center console. These things are encroaching into comfort space. I’m not even that big of a guy. Only 5’9 of average build. I like to feel comfortable and relaxed when I drive.

  • Jim

    Zepid, I agree but…my testicles will swell up from driving this sexy beast, wide ass console or not!