Ford announced recently that the all-new Focus RS high-performance hatchback will deliver a maximum power output of 350 PS. The Ford Performance-developed model features a unique version of the new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine that debuted with the all-new Ford Mustang.
Ford demonstrated the performance of the all-new Focus RS to the public for the first time at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed in the United Kingdom, where Ken Block – Gymkhana and World Rallycross star – tackled the famous Hillclimb at the wheel of a prototype car.
“We promised enthusiasts a serious driving machine and with 350 PS under the hood, that is exactly what we will deliver,” said Dave Pericak, global director of Ford Performance. “The stunning pace and innovative technology of the all-new Focus RS places it head-to-head with performance models from luxury and exotic marques, and it’s ready for the challenge.”
With Focus RS, Ford is introducing its Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring. The innovative system helps deliver a new level of handling capability and driver enjoyment by combining outstanding traction and grip with unmatched agility and cornering speed.
The Focus RS is the first Ford RS model equipped with selectable Drive Modes – including an industry-first Drift Mode that allows controlled oversteer drifts – and Launch Control.
High-performance EcoBoost powertrain
The new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine for the all-new Focus RS shares its fundamental structure with the all-aluminum four-cylinder engine in the all-new Ford Mustang. The engine has been significantly upgraded for the Focus RS to deliver 10 percent more power with 350 PS maximum output.
Increased power is generated by a new low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger with larger compressor that delivers significantly greater airflow, along with a much bigger intercooler to maximize charge density. Engine breathing also is enhanced through a less restrictive intake design and a large-bore high performance exhaust system with an electronically controlled valve in the tailpipe that helps optimize the balance of back pressure and noise output.
The cylinder head is produced from an upgraded alloy material capable of withstanding higher temperatures, while the cylinder block employs stronger high-tensile cast iron liners.
Engine cooling also has been given the highest priority, with engineers creating additional space within the front of the vehicle to house a significantly larger radiator pack – the biggest ever fitted to a Focus – that provides the level of cooling demanded for intense circuit driving.
Meticulous calibration work has ensured the power unit delivers excellent low-end responsiveness with a powerful mid-range pull, climbing to a free-revving top-end up to a maximum rev limit of 6,800 revolutions per minute. Maximum torque of 440 Nm is delivered between 2,000 and 4,500 rpm, with 470 Nm available for up to 15 seconds on transient over-boost during hard acceleration.
Inspiring performance demands an inspiring soundtrack. Ford Performance engineers have tuned the RS to deliver a rewarding and sporty sound character during spirited driving, with the distinctive burbles and pops that are an RS signature.
Developed by a team of Ford Performance engineers in Europe and the United States, the all-new Focus RS is the third generation of Focus RS cars, following models launched in 2002 and 2009. The 30th car to wear the legendary RS badge, the Focus RS will be built in Saarlouis, Germany.
Focus RS is one of 12 new performance vehicles Ford will bring to customers globally through 2020 as part of a new era of Ford performance. They will be available for delivery to European customers from early 2016.