2016 Ford Focus RS to make 260kW
The 2016 Ford Focus RS will offer 260kW and 470Nm of torque, which is 30kW more power than originally hinted…
THE 2016 FORD FOCUS RS, which goes into production later this year, will produce an epic 260kW and 470Nm of torque from its 2.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost petrol engine, according to Ford. Original estimates were that it would thump out around 230kW – Peak turbocharger boost is 23.2 psi. The Focus RS will also debut stall recovery in a performance Ford.
This means that if the driver stalls the manual-only RS, then rather than perform a full restart they’ll simply have to dip the clutch and the car will fire into life again.
“We knew we wanted to put start-stop technology on the RS,” explained Tyrone Johnson, engineering and vehicle manager, Ford Performance Europe. “So we said, ‘What if we went one step further, and controlled for engine stall at launch using the same technology?’ Well, that’s exactly what we did and it’s just as fast as our start-stop technology.”
The big power on offer in the RS is supported by a large intercooler to maximize charge density. While 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 optimises back pressure and exhaust volume level. High-tensile cast-iron cylinder liners are used to provide strength and reliability to the engine, while a high-performance head gasket brings improved thermal capability. Additional space created in the front of the car allowed engineers to deploy a larger radiator than what’s used on other Focus models for enhanced cooling.
Production of Focus RS with 2.3-liter EcoBoost begins later this year.