Official power ratings for Ford’s hottest hatchback have been revealed: the 2016 Ford Focus RS makes 345 hp and 324 lb-ft of torque. An overboost function temporarily boosts torque to 347 lb-ft. Ford claims the Focus RS will reach 62 mph in 4.7 seconds and has a top speed of 165 mph. An online configurator reveals the Ford Focus RS starts at $36,605 (including $875 destination) in the U.S., confirming what we had heard previously.
Power for the Ford Focus RS comes from a turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost I-4, which makes 345 hp and 324 lb-ft from 2,000-4,500 rpm. Torque is increased to 347 lb-ft for 15-second bursts under wide open throttle. Although Ford didn’t share peak horsepower rpm, the automaker says the shift light illuminates at the optimal shift point of 5,900 rpm and begins to flash at the 6,800-rpm redline.
Ford says the all-aluminum engine makes 10 percent more power in the Focus RS compared to the Mustang EcoBoost. For Focus RS duty, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost features a new low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger with larger compressor, revised air intake system, and larger-diameter performance exhaust system.
A six-speed manual sends power to all four wheels via the new Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive system with Dynamic Torque Vectoring and new Launch Control technology. Ford claims that Launch Control enables the Ford Focus RS to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 4.7 seconds. Top speed is said to be 165 mph.
The Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive system features twin electronically controlled clutch packs to route power between the front and rear axles as well as side-to-side on the rear axle. In addition to the brake-based Dynamic Torque Vectoring system, the all-wheel drive system also works in conjunction with the car’s Electronic Stability Control for improved handling and cornering stability. Additionally, Drift Mode is among the hot hatch’s Drive Modes, which also includes Normal, Sport, and Track settings. The Drive Mode settings adjust the all-wheel drive, damper controls, ESC, and Torque Vectoring Control systems.
Pricing for the 2016 Ford Focus RS starts at $36,605. The hot hatch is available in four colors: Shadow Black, Frozen White, Stealth Gray, and Nitrous Blue ($695). Standard features include partial leather-trimmed Recaro front seats with RS logo and a 10-speaker Sony audio system.
Options include a power moonroof ($895), 19-inch premium painted forged alloy wheels ($1,395), Michelin Pilot Cup Sport 2 summer tires ($595). The RS2 package ($2,785) includes eight-way power driver seat, Recaro heated front seats finished in black leather with Miko Dinamica inserts and RS logo, heated steering wheel and outside mirrors, and voice-activated touch-screen navigation system with SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link.
A loaded 2016 Ford Focus RS can top $42,970 including the Nitrous Blue paint. Build your 2016 Ford Focus RS at the official configurator here.