You won't catch us complaining about a more potent Focus RS.
It was just a few days ago that Ford announced the release of an official performance kit—as in one developed by Ford Performance—for the EcoBoost Mustang. Avid Ford fans, and gearheads in general, were quick to note that both the turbo Mustang and the Focus RS share the same 2.3-liter engine. That led to the question, “Is the Focus RS going to see a Ford Performance kit?” Road & Track asked Ford Performance’s parts manager, Jesse Kershaw, that very same question and got an answer that is sure to delight gearheads.
From an engine and powertrain standpoint, we feel very comfortable with doing something on the RS. I hesitate to give any dates, or any more information than that, but I can tell you we're working on it, and we fully expect to have a Focus RS calibration in the future,” Kershaw told Road & Track. Since the project is still ongoing hard performance figures weren’t revealed but there was a bit of a hint dropped as to the new power numbers. That being said, Kershaw did say to expect a similar boost in torque like the EcoBoost Mustang received, which was 70 lb-ft of torque extra (or 22% over stock). For reference the Focus RS makes 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque in stock form.
A modest horsepower bump—the kit developed for the Mustang dropped in 10 more ponies—and a torque jump near 22% over stock or one that adds 70 lb-ft extra would make the hot hatch even more impressive. Much like the package developed for Ford’s pony car this one will be legal in all 50 states and won’t void the warranty of the Focus. Here’s hoping that it also stays cheap. Ford priced the Mustang’s calibration kit at $699, which is a steal when you consider that the total torque it creates puts the turbo-four nearly on par with the V8-powered GT.