Ford has made good on its promise that the new Focus RS will deliver “well in excess of 235kW”, today confirming final numbers of 257kW and 440Nm.
Those figures will make the 2.3 litre four-cylinder turbo engine's application in the new RS markedly more powerful than with the new Mustang, where it produces a comparatively meagre 232kW and 432Nm.
The new all-wheel-drive RS will also comfortably eclipse the 224kW offered with the previous front-wheel-drive, five-cylinder turbocharged RS.
And although that retired warrior can at least boast of matching its successor's base torque figure, the new RS also gains a 15-second 'transient overboost' function that boosts torque to 470Nm.
“We promised enthusiasts a serious driving machine and, with 350PS under the hood, that is exactly what we will deliver,” said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance.
“The stunning pace and innovative technology of the all-new Focus RS place it head-to-head with performance models from luxury and exotic marques, and it’s ready for the challenge.”
Still, as impressive as the new RS hatch’s figures are, it is still outdone by Audi’s new 270kW RS 3, along with the 265kW AMG A 45 hatch - which will reportedly be upgraded to a pair of 280kW and 295kW options in the very near future.
Those are ‘premium’ cars, though, and the Focus RS will be nicely positioned between those heroes and the best of the volume-selling brands, like Subaru’s 221kW WRX STI and the 221kW VW Golf R (or 206kW, in Australian models).
No surprise that Ford is keeping quiet on the Focus RS hatch’s capacity for blistering acceleration, but fans will undoubtedly be hoping for a number smaller than the 4.9 seconds claimed by the STI sedan.
Still, even if it matches Subaru’s hero, the new RS will still be a full second quicker to 100km/h than its predecessor.
“This very special 2.3-litre EcoBoost unit will inspire drivers as they feel the surge of the turbo, and reward them as they take it to the red line - all delivered with a visceral sound guaranteed to put a smile on your face,” Pericak said.
A smile dirtier than that induced by the previous RS hatch’s five-cylinder unit? Hmm.
After that, you can watch for an Australian debut to occur sometime in 2016.
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