Today Ford released the remaining vital specs for the 2016 Focus RS, 0-60 in 4.7 second, 165 mph top end, cost of admission $35,730 + destination.
We already knew Ford was packing the RS with 345 hp and 324 lb-ft of torque, what we didn't know was that the little 2.3L Turbo can kick out 347 lb-ft of torque during 15 seconds of overboost. Peak power comes at 5,900 RPM, just shy of the 6,800 redline, while the torque turns on hard at 2,000 and pulls through 4,500 RPM.
“We promised enthusiasts a serious driving machine and, with 345bhp under the hood, that is exactly what we will deliver,” said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance.
And helping to deliver those ponies to the pavement are the Launch Control and Drift modes.
So you want to launch the RS. Select LC from the cluster menu, engage first, apply full throttle, let the clutch out and the car will optimise drive, distributing torque across the 4 wheels all while overboosting.
As for the Drift function Ken Block said: "It’s mainly a yaw control. There’s so many electronics on these cars these days to keep the car from doing anything fun that they’re having to put that stuff back in."
Euopean pricing was also announced at €39,000, our friends in Europe will begin taking deliveries early in 2016. While North American cars are expected later in the year. While you wait feel free to fiddle with the official configurator.