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Ford reveals 345-horsepower output for new Focus RS [w/video]

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When Ford revealed the new Focus RS at the Geneva Motor Show, it promised it would deliver "well in excess of 315 horsepower." It didn't say exactly how much that would come to, but now it has. On the eve of its dynamic debut at the hands of Ken Block at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Ford has confirmed that its new hot hatch will pack 350 metric horsepower.

Those reaching for their calculators will find that works out to 345 horsepower by our standards. The power output is backed up by 324 pound-feet of torque, capable of being boosted up to 347 for up to fifteen seconds at a time. Those figures come from a retuned version of the same 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbo four as the one available in the Mustang, but produces over ten percent more power thanks to a new turbocharger, upgraded intake and exhaust, and a larger radiator. All that muscle will be channeled to all four wheels through Ford Performance's new all-wheel drive system with dynamic torque vectoring, launch control, and selectable drive modes, including a Drift Mode that (as you can see from the video below) allows the hot hatch to get more than a little sideways.

Ford still isn't saying what those specs will translate to in terms of measurable performance figures, but as far as output goes, things are looking pretty good. The 30th Ford RS model already packs more power and torque than the new Honda Civic Type R (306 hp, 295 lb-ft), Volkswagen Golf R (292 hp, 280 lb-ft), Subaru WRX STI (305 hp, 290 lb-ft) or the Nürburgring-conquering Renault Mégane 275 Trophy-R (271 hp, 266 lb-ft) and Seat Leon Cupra (276 hp, 258 lb-ft). It even respectably holds its own against the more upscale BMW M235i (320 hp, 330 lb-ft), Mercedes A45/CLA45 AMG (355 hp, 332 lb-ft), and Audi RS3 (362 hp, 343 lb-ft). Whether it'll outshine them all in real-world conditions remains to be seen, but we're looking forward to finding out whenever Ford deems fit to drops those performance stats on us.

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Hmmmm, love-love the crackle of exhaust, but me thinks a few more decibels are in order here.  Enter the Ford Performance aftermarket tune.  Probably good for another 25-50 torque and a better sound through a real stainless exhaust system that does not have to be toned down.  Love this car.  Thank you Ford, for ‘bringin it’.

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This thing is going to be nasty. I can't wait to drive one. I must admit, I'm intrigued. More so than in the STi and Golf R.

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I'm also in love with the sky blue in the video. It probably won't be a production color though.. like the initial showing of the GT(darker/metalic blue).

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Jeeeeeeez this thing will be a MONSTER!




..I don't know what that means..lol



Well then find out...


Can I click that at work?!?!



*Sigh...* yes.

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