320+ HP, AWD 2016 Ford Focus RS Revealed!

Article by Rick Jensen (Turboguy). Video and Photos from Ford.

Final details about the 2016 Focus RS have just been revealed: this smokin’ hot hatch will be powered by an EcoBoost four-banger, should make at least 320 horses and will utilize a six-speed manual and all-wheel drive!

As we noted in our preview a while back, this WRX killer’s 2.3-liter engine comes courtesy of the new EcoBoost Mustang, and while final power ratings haven’t been announced, 320 horses and 320 pound feet of torque is a damn good start.

The rally goodness extends to the rest of the powertrain too: that EcoBoost mill will pass power through a six-speed manual trans and to a torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system. This system will constantly monitor all wheels for traction and have the ability to send all the power to one wheel. Insane.

Of course, there are various suspension, steering, body and interior upgrades as well—we’ll get more details when the Focus RS bows at the Geneva Auto Show in a couple months.

The current Focus ST makes 252 horses and weighs in around 3,200 pounds. So if an AWD RS gets more than 320 horses and can keep its weight around 3,400 or 3,500, it could be a mid-13-second car. Here, WRX…

How much power will the RS need to run head to head with the WRXs and Evos of the world? Sound off in the comments!

Be sure to check out the official release video from Ford.


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Rick Jensen (Turboguy)

Rick's a Turbo Buick and EFI GM nut who was born in Nebraska, then reborn on the mean streets of Queens, NYC. Spent high school and college wrenching and racing before moving to NYC and spending 13 years as the editor-in-chief, editor, and writer for some of America's best automotive magazines, websites, and ad agencies. Favorite moments include running low 10s in my Turbo Buick, Exposing GM's weak-assed early CTS-V drivetrains, road racing Corvettes and Camaros, and doing high-boost launches to make my kid laugh.
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