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The 2016 Ford Focus RS Is Going To Be More Powerful Than We Expected

Absolutely no complaints here.

Having made its official debut last March at Geneva, the Ford Focus RS will soon go on sale in the US, unlike the previous generation which was for Europe only. With its all-wheel-drive system, the Focus RS will be slotted above the Focus ST, making it a direct competitor to the Volkswagen Golf R. At the time, Ford didn’t reveal official power figures, only telling us that the Focus RS would produce at least 315 horsepower. But now we can confirm the official output: 345 horsepower and 324 lb-ft of torque.

This comes from the same 2.0-liter turbo four-banger found in the Mustang EcoBoost, only this time Ford has equipped the engine with a new turbocharger, an upgraded intake, exhaust, and a larger radiator. What’s more, torque can be increased to 347 lb-ft for up to fifteen seconds at a time. Power is sent to all four wheels by a six-speed manual transmission. We’re still waiting for a 0 to 60 mph time, but hopefully we’ll learn more this weekend when the Focus RS is shown off at Goodwood. Only this time, the one and only Ken Block will be behind the wheel.

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