The Internet doesn’t think 350 hp is all much. In fact, the Internet thinks anything less than 1000 hp isn’t all that much.
But the Internet is ignorant, because most of the internet has never driven a small, light hot-hatch with more than 300 hp.
Well, internet, it’s fun. A lot of fun. Which is why we’re so excited to learn about the official specs of the new Ford Focus RS.
It all started when Ford first teased us with the vague claim that the new Focus RS would have “in excess of 315 horsepower.” And we all said, “Great!”
Then, Ford revised that to 345 hp and 324 lb.-ft. of torque, and we all said, “Um…even better!”
Well, Ford has officially announced that the new Focus RS will have 350 horses and 350 lb.-ft, with peak horsepower comes at 6,000 rpm, while the torque maxes out at 3,200 RPM. Redline is at 6,800.
Just to put things in context, the new Focus RS will have more than the 315 horses and 320 lb.-ft. present in the Mustang EcoBoost, which houses the same 2.3-liter turbo four-cylinder, aside from different intake and exhaust systems.
The boost in power is thanks to the RS’ turbo, which produces (get this) up to 23.2 psi of boost.
That’s the kind of boost you only used to see in aftermarket tuner cars, not the kind of specs you’d expect straight from the factory.
There is, however, some speculation that these numbers are by a temporary “overboost”, which increases boost pressure for a set period of time, due to specs released for the UK-market Focus RS’s numbers, which listed the overboost feature.
There’s no word yet that this will be the case for the US market version, but the real story is that we’re getting a Focus RS at all.
Ford hot-hatches are no longer a UK exclusive, and it’s clear with this new model that we’re finally getting the best of the best on this side of the pond as well.