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October 2020 Newsletter

Ford’s Focus RS: A 345 Horsepower Punch and a Case for Hot Hatches

“More than 315 horsepower,” is what we were promised when Ford issued its initial press blast for the new Focus RS, the range-topping hot-hatch that for the first time would be available in the United States. That initial estimate was already enough to put the car atop the small heap of hot-hatches and budget sports sedans here in America, but Ford has one-upped itself and everyone’s expectations. It’ll come packing 345 horsepower.

That handily outpaces the Volkswagen Golf R’s 292 horses, and trumps the Subaru STI by 40. It’s nearly 100 horsepower more than Ford’s own Focus ST, it blitzes the Mini Cooper S John Cooper Works by a multitude. It’s 10 horsepower shy of playing with Mercedes-AMG’s loony CLA45 AMG. In other words, it’s in a class by itself, and that’s going to make these cars a much harder sell.

That power — and it’s accompanying 325 pound-feet of torque — will be shuttled to all four wheels, through a six-speed manual transmission. The all-wheel drive system — which is new for the RS — will have clutch packs on each rear half shaft, in order to offer dynamic torque vectoring. As much as 70% of its torque can be delivered to the rear axle, and up to 100% of that amount can be routed to the outside rear wheel, Car and Driver noted.

Source: cheatsheet.com


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