Ford introduced the Focus RS back in February this year, but it’s only now we get to find out details about the hot hatchback’s performances. It will need as little as 4.7 seconds to cover the 0-100 kmph sprint and it will keep on accelerating until it will reach a top speed of 266 kmph. This is all possible thanks mainly to a four-cylinder, 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbocharged gasoline engine also shared with the Mustang.
In this application, the motor develops a more than impressive 350 bhp and a peak torque of 440 Nm while the overboost function pushes torque to 470 Nm but just for 15 seconds. Keep in mind the new Ford Focus RS adopts an all-wheel drive system and comes with launch control and there’s also a drift button. The engine’s power is channeled to both axles with help from a six-speed manual gearbox in charge of transferring those ponies to the 19-inch lightweight alloy wheels wrapped around in standard Michelin Pilot Super Sport 235/35 R19 tires or optional Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubbers.
Ford has previously announced their new Focus RS will enter production phase towards the end of this year and deliveries are scheduled to begin in the spring of 2016. In terms of pricing, we can tell you that in Germany it kicks off at €39,000, so it’s not what we would call affordable but then again you do get a punchy engine, all-wheel drive and a design to match the beefy hardware.
The range-topping RS version serves as a last hurrah for the current generation Focus which will be replaced by an all-new model in 2017 which according to Ford's vice president of global product Raj Nair will adopt the “sleek look of a coupe.” Until then, the Focus RS will serve as the crown jewel of this generation with an AWD system that has two electronically-controlled clutch packs.