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I think what is more exciting than the numbers themselves is how those numbers stack up to the competition. All the sudden I'm not so sad that we aren't getting the Civic Type R here in Canada.

The 30th Ford RS model already packs more power and torque than the new Honda Civic Type R (306 hp, 295 lb-ft), Volkswagen Golf R (292 hp, 280 lb-ft), Subaru WRX STI (305 hp, 290 lb-ft) or the Nürburgring-conquering Renault Mégane 275 Trophy-R (271 hp, 266 lb-ft) and Seat Leon Cupra (276 hp, 258 lb-ft). It even respectably holds its own against the more upscale BMW M235i (320 hp, 330 lb-ft), Mercedes A45/CLA45 AMG (355 hp, 332 lb-ft), and Audi RS3 (362 hp, 343 lb-ft).
 

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I'll be excited to see what tuning can be done to improve how it performs within the lower range so when whipping around city streets like in NY... i'll have a blast.
 

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More news just released and posted on Jalopnik: The RS has an OverBoost feature that allows the car to produce 347trq. Nuts. Just nuts.
 

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Here's how it was explained for the Focus ST:

ENGINE OVERBOOST

Your ST vehicle offers a period of additional torque delivery referred to as overboost or overtorque. This feature of the engine calibration broadens the RPM range of the peak torque curve. This gives improved performance during maneuvers such as passing and vehicle launch.

Note: The overboost feature controls a variety of engine parameters to deliver additional torque. Overboost is built into the engine calibration on your ST vehicle and no action is required by the driver to engage.
 
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