The 2016 Ford Focus RS hasn't even gone on sale yet, but the hot hatch has already received a power bump. Now, the U.S.-spec 2016 Focus RS will make 350 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. Expect these numbers to stick this time.
When Ford first unveiled the Focus RS, it initially released an output estimate of 315 hp. Last month that number was revised to 345 hp and 324 lb-ft of torque, which apparently is the official output for Euro-spec models. The U.S. version, however, gets a pair of bigger numbers that should be easier to remember.
The hatch's 2.3-liter EcoBoost I-4 gets a twin-scroll turbocharger that provides up to 23.2 psi of boost, which means the turbo-four churns out 152 horses per liter. Redline is pegged at 6,800 rpm, though Ford has yet to reveal peak horsepower rpm.
A six-speed manual will be the only transmission offered with the Focus RS, and Ford says the hatch will feature a stall recovery system. In the event of a stall, the driver simply pushes in the clutch pedal to restart the engine with no need to rely on the ignition.
Ford is expected to begin production of the 2016 Focus RS by the end of the year and pricing will start at $36,605.