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Ford Focus RS actually produces 257kW? Will come with ‘drift’ mode

March 9, 2015

Ford has already revealed the new Focus RS but has only said the engine produces over 235kW. There’s now some confirmation the figure might actually be 257kW (350PS).

2016 Ford Focus RS front

Nobody ever doubted the performance potential of the new Focus RS. Firstly, we can take a look at the 224kW predecessor, which even by today’s standards is still very powerful. Secondly, the less-serious Focus ST is quite a serious machine in itself.

According to Ford Ireland, the actual figure for the new model is 257kW. However, a Ford spokesman has apparently stepped up and said those details are not correct and that the car is still undergoing testing and calibration.

So, how much power will it offer? It’s anyone’s guess really. Ford has officially stated that it produces “well in excess of 315hp” (235kW), which means 257kW wouldn’t exactly be out of the question. Either way, it will be one of the most powerful hot hatches around, even overshadowing the 228kW Honda Civic Type R.

In related news, the Focus RS will come with a number of driving modes including a special ‘drift’ mode. Specific details on the system haven’t been released/finalised, but the mode will work with the brains behind the all-wheel drive system.

Under certain conditions and given the demand, it’s understood the system will be capable of distributing up to 70 per cent of the engine’s power and torque to the rear axle. This will obviously help drivers kick the back end out on the track.

To provide more tail-out assistance, Ford says the RS uses a special rear drive unit (RDU) which incorporates two electronically controlled clutch packs for both rear wheels. In other words, it features a complex limited-slip differential at the back.

Production of the new model will kick off late in 2015, with market entry set to take place early next year. More specific details are expected to be released as the company continues to engineer the car and finalise the overall tune.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

  • Jacob

    I really hope it makes at least 360PS ie 265Kw and matches the current A45 AMG. A torque figure of 500Nm would be amazing too. Not a stretch for this 2.3L engine either.

    The rumours are it weighs under 1500kg too. It will be a beast with that kind of power, AWD and a weight in the 1400’s.

    There are rumours that Ford will disable the “Drift Mode” for out market. I really really hope not. I’ve got my heart set on this car and putting off my next purchases waiting for this RS to be released here. I also really hope they offer this new hero blue colour, even if it is an option. I’d rather this be the hero colour than that atrocious orange colour.

    Can’t wait.

    • Shannon Hong

      I’m sure someone out there will find a way to enable “Drift Mode” with a software hack down the line.