The unique 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine in the all-new Focus RS will produce 350 hp – far exceeding original estimates of 315 – along with 350 lb/ft of torque.
And yet even with all that torque, the manual-only hot hatch will be especially forgiving in the event a driver stalls the engine, as Focus RS will debut with a trick feature called stall recovery.
In other words, there will be no need for drivers to manually restart the engine or move the gear selector to neutral as the innovative technology simply pushes the clutch back in.
The monster output the Focus RS engine achieves is due to its all-new low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger with a larger compressor wheel that delivers more airflow and power throughout the rev range. Peak turbocharger boost is 23.2 psi.
Backing up this increased output is a large intercooler to maximize charge density. Air itself is delivered through a low-restriction intake manifold on the front end with a high-performance exhaust. The system includes an electronically controlled valve that optimizes back pressure and exhaust volume level.
Despite the engine’s high output of 152 horsepower per liter, RS engineers tuned this EcoBoost to deliver right off idle all the way on up to a free-spinning 6,800 rpm, with an especially chunky midrange power delivery.
Focus RS is the latest car to be unveiled as part of a new golden age of Ford Performance.
The plan calls for bringing more than 12 high-performance vehicles to market worldwide through 2020.
Production of Focus RS with 2.3-litre EcoBoost begins later this year.