A look at the new Ford Focus for 2016

A look at the new Ford Focus for 2016

A look at the new Ford Focus for 2016

Written by Staff Writer

13 Oct, 2015 | 4:11 pm

Ford has been teasing its latest hot hatch, the 2016 Focus RS, for months now, and enthusiasts are all agog for even the slightest hint of specifics. Yet, despite a steady trickle of information, there are still many unknowns surrounding the car, including the output of its 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Thankfully, Ford’s put that all to rest this week by confirming that the RS will put out 350 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque.

The RS, which will be available exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive, was originally estimated at around 315 horsepower . That would have placed it just ahead of its competition, the 292-horsepower Volkswagen Golf R and the 305-horsepower Subaru WRX STI. Now, the Focus RS will out-muscle cars well outside its segment, like the 333-horsepower Audi S4, which isn’t even available with an enthusiast-pleasing stick shift.

Ford’s sweetening the deal even further with a feature that should appeal to drivers less experienced with rowing their own gears. Its stall-recovery system is, in essence, an extension of current stop-start technology. If you stall the Focus RS, it will spring back to life without needing to turn a key or move the gearshift. This new technology, however, will not reduce the embarrassment factor of stalling.

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