US-Market 2016 Ford Focus RS Packs 350 HP, 350 LB-FT

12 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Better and Better: Ford Focus RS Output Revised Upward—Yes, Again.

The performance hatchback’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine has been certified at 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque, far beyond Ford’s initial promise of 315 ponies. At the car’s unveiling last spring at the New York auto show, Ford originally was talking vague figures of “well in excess of 315 horsepower.” Then came word that the final output would be 345 horsepower and 325 lb-ft. The power discrepancy can be traced back to the hatchback’s all-new low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger, integrating a larger compressor than that of the Mustang. There will be no need for a driver to manually restart the engine after a stall, and the system will depress the clutch on its own. “We knew we wanted to put start-stop technology on the RS,” explained Tyrone Johnson, engineering and vehicle manager, Ford Performance Europe, in a press release. “So we said, ‘What if we went one step further, and controlled for engine stall at launch using the same technology?’ ”

We already know about the superhot Ford’s other trick feature: Its standard all-wheel drive, which can send up to 70 percent of the torque rearward, will have a “Drift Mode” that enables power-on oversteer. DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 12, 2015 – The unique EcoBoost® engine in the all-new Focus RS will produce 350 horsepower – far exceeding original estimates of 315 – along with 350 lb.-ft. torque. Stout, high-tensile cast-iron cylinder liners are used to enhance the robustness of the engine, while a high-performance head gasket brings improved thermal capability. Additional space created in the front of the car allowed engineers to deploy a larger radiator than what’s used on other Focus models for enhanced cooling.

Despite the engine’s high output of 152 horsepower per liter, RS engineers tuned this EcoBoost to deliver right off idle all the way on up to a free-spinning 6,800 rpm, with an especially chunky midrange power delivery. Developed by a small team of Ford Performance engineers in Europe and the United States, the third-generation Focus RS follows on the heels of the much-loved models launched in 2002 and 2009. The 2016 Focus RS is the 30th car globally to wear the vaunted RS badge, joining such legendary models as the 1970 Escort RS1600, the 1984 mid-engine RS200 Group B rally car, 1985 Sierra RS Cosworth and 1992 Escort RS Cosworth.

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