The hot hatchback was introduced back in February this year when the Blue Oval company said its 2.3-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine is good enough for more than 315 bhp while at that point details about torque were unavailable. Now, the final numbers are in and the Mustang-sourced engine is capable of outputting 345 bhp and 440 Nm of torque. There’s also an overboost function which will raise the torque to 470 Nm for up to 15 seconds.
Available exclusively with an all-wheel drive system, the Ford Focus RS will be offered solely with a six-speed manual gearbox sending the engine’s power to those large 19-inch wheels wrapped around in 235/35 R19 tires Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires while Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires are going to cost extra.
Details regarding the hot hatch’s performances are not available at this point, but given the all-wheel drive system and the serious amount of power it packs, it’s surely one of the fastest cars in its segment and has what it takes to go head to head with the Honda Civic Type R.
Ford does say the new Focus RS will provide “class-leading cornering speed” as well as a “unique drift capability”, despite having an AWD layout. This will be possible thanks to a drift button which upon activation will make some changes to allow the driver to have the fun you would expect to have with a rear-wheel drive car.
Ford will kick off production of the third generation Focus RS late this year and it will be going on sale in the spring of 2016. This is one of the 12 performance vehicles planned by the American marque to go on sale globally by the end of the decade and one of the other models is the GT supercar which will start hitting dealerships next year.