350PS And 470Nm From Ford Focus RS

350PS, or 345bhp in old money. That’s a lot of power for any road car but when it’s coming from a mid-sized five door hatchback its bordering on the obscene.

2016 Ford Focus RS (07)

2016 Ford Focus RS

It is, if you haven’t already guessed, the output of the 2.3 litre Ecoboost that propels the Ford Focus RS. Despite losing a cylinder and 200cc displacement the new engine pushes out the same grunt as the limited edition RS500 from 2010, backed up by 440Nm of torque (or 470Nm on overboost, which kicks in for 15 second bursts on full throttle).

No news on the 62mph time or terminal velocity, but suffice to say it’ll be bloody quick thanks to all-wheel drive.

Ford aren’t messing about. The RS’s only serious rivals in the hot hatch world are the Audi RS3 (367PS for £39k) or the AMG A45 (365PS for £38k), and my gut says the RS will be a better drive than both.

With the first public sighting at Goodwood this weekend, it looks like the famous RS badge continues to go from strength to strength.

2016 Ford Focus RS

Performance & Economy2016 RS2009 RS2010 RS500
Engine2.3-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol2.5-litre 5-cylinder turbocharged petrol2.5-litre 5-cylinder turbocharged petrol
Transmission6-speed manual, front-engined, all-wheel drive6-speed manual, front-engined, front-wheel drive6-speed manual, front-engined, front-wheel drive
Power (PS / bhp)350 / 345300 / 295350 / 345
Torque (Nm / lb.ft)440 / 324
(470 / 346 on overboost)
440 / 324460 / 339
0 – 62 mph (seconds)4.75.95.6
Top Speed (mph)165163165
CO2 Emissions (g/km)TBA225235
VED BandTBAKL
Combined Economy (mpg)TBA30.128.5
Price (OTR)£28,940£27,925£35,437


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Author: Chris Auty

Voted the Breakthrough Blogger of 2013 by SEAT and the Guild of Motoring Writers , Chris has lived and breathed cars since he was old enough to say 'faster'. With a penchant for hot hatches and an allergy to public transport, he would much prefer to drive a bad car than never drive at all. Fortunately his family has learned to put up with this obsession and the internet has provided a channel for his ramblings.

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